If you’ve already conquered Chicago Children’s Museum and Kohl Children’s Museum, then it’s time to find kiddie fun further afield. Head to lesser-known children’s museums that hide just out of sight but are well worth discovering. Click through our gallery for the 411 on secret places for imaginative play, interactive games and engaging exhibits. We promise you haven’t played them out … yet.
Wonder Works – Oak Park
Climb a tree, pretend you’re a prince, take the stage and dance with fairies … it’s all possible at this intimate Oak Park museum where imaginations run free. Celebrating performance, art and design, this 6,400-square-foot space is home to six “exploratory zones” including a firehouse, market, teddy bear residence, puppet theatre and police station. With a no-mess, shoe-free policy, it’s also pretty cozy. Special events include a storytime series on Wednesdays and Fridays, and a daily drop-in art class with trained professionals.
6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park (708-383-4815 or wonderworks.org). Open Mon. & Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Admission $6 per kid or adults; memberships available.
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— Taryn Bickley