Family Pavilion / Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago

Family Pavilion / Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago

One of Navy Pier's main areas, the Family Pavilion is home to the recently renovated Chicago Children's Museum, an IMAX Theater, the Crystal Gardens indoor botanical park, and numerous restaurants and shops.

The Children's Museum is one of the most popular family things to do in the Navy Pier. Following a major overhaul, it has a new less cluttered appearance while remaining interactive, age-appropriate, engaging, and fun. There so are many areas to play in and so many events/workshops at different times of the day, that most will not even have time to cover them all. Highlights include the fire station area (always a big hit!), the art studio (where kids get to make their own costumes and bring them home), the building station (where they create their own structures), and everything in between: from climbing to finding hidden objects, fishing, making sounds, and many more. A 1:1 adult-to-kid ratio is pretty important here since there are several levels and the different exhibits appeal to different ages.

The adjacent Navy Pier IMAX Theater features Chicago's largest flat movie screen, and one of the largest in the world at 60 feet high and 86 feet wide. This is the place to go if you want the real IMAX experience, as it was purposely built and equipped for the increased perspective of the wide IMAX picture, giving a fantastic view from practically every seat.

Opening Hours:
[Children's Museum] Fri-Wed: 10am–5pm; Thu: 10am–8pm

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Sight Name: Family Pavilion / Chicago Children's Museum
Sight Location: Chicago, USA (See walking tours in Chicago)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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