I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn yesterday. What a pleasant space with tons of fun for kids! Even though it was chilly and gray outside, the colorful exhibits and natural light coming through the huge windows brightened my day. I wanted to give all of you a preview of what you will find there and they have also generously offered family passes to give away to four lucky Kidlist readers! You will find the giveaway at the end of the article.
Let’s take a tour!
On the first floor there are ramps and challenges where children can learn about potential and kinetic energy (or just have a ton of fun sending balls up and down the bumpy tracks. There is also a popular water table!
I met this cutie contently playing in the sand with the many sand toys. The tables are kid-sized and even have several step stools as well.
The second level is huge and has several areas with different themes. As you reach the top of the stairs, there is an ambulance the kids can play in, which communicates with the police car on the first floor. There is also a hospital area with donated medical equipment. Just as I was leaving, a little girl was putting on a lab coat to examine a doll and run some tests!
In this area, there is also a drum that beats to your heartbeat and a table with bones and organs that is set up similar to the game Operation.
Beyond that, there is a grocery store called the “Friendly Market” where kids can scan their items before bagging them and the registers actually beep when scanning! Your kids can then prepare and pretend to eat dessert at the Moo Cafe.
In the center there is a baby and toddler area reserved for the littlest guests, full of things to play with and explore.
These brothers were having a ball pretending to be firefighters in full gear! I love how many opportunities they have for imaginative play at the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn.
There are many other areas as well, including an art room with tables and the opportunity to paint on a glass wall, a piano to play, magnetic gears to arrange and turn, a workshop to build creations with wood (available at set times with an attendant), a nano area to explore STEM principles, and more!
Parking on the top (5th) level of the parking garage in front of the train station is free and a short walk to the entrance. You can also take the train! The Southwest Service station is right next to the museum.
Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn Giveaway
The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn has graciously given us four family passes to give away to four lucky Kidlist readers to celebrate the launch of Kidlist South! To enter, simply fill out the form below. The winners will be chosen on Sunday, November 5 at 8pm and notified via email. Only one entry per person will be allowed (duplicates will be deleted).
Interested in more ideas for indoor activities? Visit our Indoor Activities for Kids page! And don’t forget to choose Southwest as your region up top to tailor all of the content on the site to your area.