I was pleased to get a sneak peek at Chicago Children’s Museum’s new permanent exhibit, Tinkering Lab. The Tinkering Lab is just what its name implies, a place to explore and engage in creative, hands-on fun with a variety of tools and materials. Maybe you make something, maybe you learn to use a new tool, maybe you take something apart to see how it worked.
This exhibit was designed with the end goal, or as they called it, a Big Idea, in mind.
The exhibit provides everything needed for exploration and making, including aprons, safety goggles, real tools, things to take apart and materials to build up.
Admission to Tinkering Lab and other great exhibits is included with admission to Chicago Children’s Museum which is $12 for adults and children over age 1 and $11 for seniors. Thursday evenings (5 – 8) are free for everyone thanks to Kraft Foods Foundation and kids under 15 are free the first Sunday of each month thanks to Target. Also, check for discounts before you go.CCM is open daily from 10 -5 with special early hours for members.
Members may also purchase a parking pass for an additional $80 that provides free parking at Navy Pier. That would have been worth it for us back in the day.
Want more tinkering for your kids? Check out Tinkering School Chicago.
Watch Tinkering School founder Gever Tulley’s TED talk about kids and risky activity. Read my 2011 review of Tulley’s book, 50 Dangerous Things (your should let your child do).
Visit the blog here (link coming soon!) to win a family pass (up to four people) to Chicago Children’s Museum.