Chicago is packed with activities for kids, and residents of the city’s Gold Coast, Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods in particular are surrounded by a veritable smorgasbord of family friendly destinations and events.
Following are just a few kid-friendly highlights that have proven popular with Planned Property Management residents and employees, as well as links to resources for parents.
Located at 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Adler Planetarium is the nation’s first planetarium. Founded in 1930, the Adler Planetarium today hosts multiple full-size theaters, hands-on space-science exhibits and one of the world’s greatest collections of astronomical instruments. The planetarium additionally hosts regular programs and events for children.
Chicago Children’s Museum
One of many family favorites along the Navy Pier, the Chicago Children’s Museum offers a variety of interactive exhibits and activities for toddlers through teens. Popular ongoing events include the Circus Zirkus, Danger 101: Daring Deeds for Curious Kids, the Tinkering Lab, WaterWays and the Dinosaur Expedition.
Chicago Children’s Theatre
The Chicago Children’s Theatre, 1464 N. Milwaukee Ave., was founded in 2005 in response to a lack of high-quality, year-round theatrical programming geared toward kids. Today, the Chicago Children’s Theatre features seasonal productions as well as camps and workshops.
The Field Museum of Natural History
The Field Museum, located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, is perhaps most famous for Sue, the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton that greets guests and the most complete T. rex ever found. But the museum is also home to more than 20 million artifacts as well as interactive exhibits, and it regularly hosts special programs and events for kids.
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive near the lakefront in Lincoln Park, is dedicated to providing a free, family friendly, wildlife experience. The zoo features a diverse array of animal houses and exhibits in addition to seasonal programs and events geared toward young visitors.
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
The public face of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum features an extensive collection of specimens from across the globe, as well as popular exhibits like the Extreme Green House, Hands-On Habitat and the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. Located at 2430 N. Cannon Drive, the museum also features interactive nature walks and regular programs, events and camps for children.
Since opening in 1930, the Shedd Aquarium has awed children and adults alike by connecting them to the natural world. Located at 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Shedd features popular exhibits including Amazon Rising, Caribbean Reef and Polar Play Zone, as well as interactive experiences. In addition to allowing you to get face-to-face with fish, dolphins and penguins, the aquarium hosts regular programs for children and teens.
Parents seeking other fun activities for children may want to check the following resources, which provide updated information for seasonal events and special programs:
• Chicago Public Library
• Chicago Kids
• Time Out Chicago
• Metromix Chicago
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