Crown Family PlayLab

Category: Exhibitions

Exhibition Summary

Included with Basic admission

Open Thursday to Monday, 10am–3:30pm

For children ages 2–6 and their caregivers

Included with Basic admission

Open Thursday to Monday, 10am–3:30pm

For children ages 2–6 and their caregivers

About the Exhibit

Explore science through play.

Designed for children between two and six years old, the Crown Family PlayLab is an interactive, hands-on space that makes learning an adventure. Every aspect of the exhibition offers an invitation to curious kids to become junior scientists for the day.

Early learners can explore world cultures through music, crawl inside a dinosaur’s nest, or play paleontologist with dinosaur bones—and that’s just the beginning. With opportunities for discovery for young children, this exhibition presents a new adventure every time you visit.

Groups are encouraged to pre-register using the field trip registration form.

Due to construction, the PlayLab's Rhythm Section will be closed November 5–December 7. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

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A child plays a mbira in the foreground, while behind her other children play drums and a xylophone.

Kids in the PlayLab make music (or joyful noise) with instruments from around the world.

Morgan Anderson

So many ways to play, learn, and grow.

Exhibition highlights:

  • Explore a pueblo home
  • Star in a nature play dressed as your favorite Illinois animal
  • Move to music from around the world
  • Search for and uncover dinosaur bones

Eek, a skunk! Children can meet new friends as they explore animal puppets.

Children ages two to six really dig playing and exploring the world of science together.

Morgan Anderson

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