Kids: Things to Do in the Museum



Draper Spark!Lab

Spark!Lab is where museum visitors become inventors. The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation invites children between the ages of 6 and 12 to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, and invent. Activities for children and families incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art, museum, and creativity. See opening times and additional information »



Wegmans Wonderplace welcomes curious kids ages 0–6 and their grownups to exercise their imaginations, wiggle their bodies, and explore with their hands. Wonderplace is built around the enduring wonders of childhood, the things kids are naturally curious about—blocks, animals, sounds--and branches out to make connections to the museum’s diverse collections and exhibitions. See opening times and additional information »


Interactive Carts

Get your hands on history! Look for carts throughout the Museum to try your hand at a variety of historical activities and learn more about our collections. Peek through a stereoscope or use a press to print a card. Carts are available most days—check in at the information desks when you arrive for that day’s schedule. See our daily calendar »


Historic Theater

Step right into history with interactive programs featuring historical characters. Offered seasonally. Check our theater calendar »


Spotlight Tours

Docents stationed in selected exhibitions lead 15-minute overview tours and circulate through the galleries to answer questions and discuss the exhibition. Check in at the information desk when you arrive for locations. See our daily calendar »



The Museum has many exhibitions with features designed to appeal to kids. Favorites include our transportation exhibition America on the Move where you can ride a Chicago “L” train car from the 1950s; stepping into a president's shoes by reading a famous speech in The American Presidency; seeing beautiful ball gowns in The First Ladies; or interacting with historic objects in Object Project. See all exhibitions on view »


Self Guided Tours

Take one of our free, self-guided tours of the Museum. Each tour takes about an hour. Pick up a guide from the information desks at the Museum. See and download our tour guides »


NEW Flight Simulator

For $10, visitors can climb aboard an interactive "time-traveling" simulator and accomplish various mission objectives in historic aircraft. Choose from a selection of fighter planes or popular racing planes from aviations’s golden age. Take to the skies as you climb, dive, and roll 360-degrees!