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Run Away to the Circus at Chicago Children’s Museum

What could possibly be better than going to the circus?  Being in one, of course!

The Chicago Children’s Museum proudly presents Circus Zirkus: a hands-on, all-access, big top experience. Adventurous kids are invited to step right up and try on their favorite props, costumes, and accessories. With everything from giant clown shoes to oversized neon pants, even getting dressed will be a blast!


Start the day off in the backstage area to practice tumbling, juggling, balancing, tightrope walking, and swinging on the flying trapeze. Once you’re a pro, it’s time to be a star in the center ring. Spin the Tricky Plates, show off hoola hooping skills, or amaze your fans with the Twirling Balls – there’s no act too tough for you! More of a “behind-the-scenes” kinda kid?  You can work the light and sound station, man the ticket booth, sell hot dogs and ice cream, or cheer on the performers! There’s lots to do when it comes to putting on a show.

Be sure to explore all three fantastic floors full of fun and visit all the other unforgettable exhibits while you’re there. If you’re a curious kid – and who’s not! – be sure to check out Danger 101, now through July 31. It’s your chance to unleash your inner daredevil and take part in some smart risk-taking. Dig for dinosaur bones in an excavation pit, splash around in a waterfall, explore a kid-sized cityscape, use pumps, pipes and pulleys to create a dam, drive a fire truck and more! At the Chicago Children’s Museum, kids learn about science, art, technology, nature, and engineering- all while playing. It’s just the type of weekend activity that every parent asks for.

Boasting more than 657,000 visitors annually, you won’t want to miss out on one of Chicago’s top cultural attractions, where play and learning connect. The Museum is open Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is only $14 regularly, but now through August 31 you can save $1 off of each ticket you purchase (up to 4 tickets per family) with their special coupon! You have no reason to wait, take the stage and become a Circus Zirkus star!


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