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Family-Friendly Museums: Located within Navy Pier, the Chicago Children's Museum is geared toward to children from toddlers to fifth graders. Its interactive exhibits are spread across three floors, including The Dinosaur Expedition, which lets kids dig without getting dirty. They might get bit wet splashing in the water in the WaterWays exhibit. Or they might climb in a treehouse, or across the high ropes in the Kovler Family Climbing Schooner. Check the museum's calendar of events for special events like inflatables or "Toddler Takeover: Hammer Time." Children under one are always free and from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays, guests ages 15 and under enjoy free admission.

Things to Do with Kids: Located within Navy Pier, the Chicago Children's Museum serves children from toddlers to fifth grade and features 14 permanent exhibits, many of which are interactive. The Kovler Family Climbing Schnooer is especially fun and unless your kid is afraid of heights, you may be stuck there all day. The Dinosaur Expedition lets kids dig without getting dirty and be prepared because there is a good likelihood they'll get a bit wet in the WaterWays exhibit. Children under one are always free and guests ages 15 and under enjoy free admission all day on the first Sunday of every month and on Thursday evenings from 5-8pm.

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Things to Do with Kids: "Free admission for everyone on Thursday evenings, from 5-8pm."

Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: The Chicago Children's Museum features 14 permanent exhibits, many of which are interactive, perfect for toddlers through fifth grade.

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