As pediatric therapists in Glenview, Highland Park and Bucktown, we are always looking for child friendly places to suggest to our clients. Below is a list of five infant friendly places for parents to try out with their kids!
2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview IL
The Kohl Children’s Museum is the perfect place for children to play, explore, and learn. The museum has 17 exhibits, including exhibits which rotate so that every visit feels brand-new. Kohl is infant and young-toddler friendly as three unique specialized infant-areas are located within the museum exhibits so that parents may stay with their infants and young crawlers while keeping an eye on the older ones. Afternoon hours tend to be quieter, and likely provide an excellent place to bring the littlest of children. Nursing stations are provided to allow nursing Mom’s their privacy. Admission is free for children under 1, $9.50 for older children and adults. They also do a great job of accommodating children with special needs. North Shore Pediatric Therapy has worked with the museum in creating a walk-through guide which can be found here: Parent’s Guide
AMC, partnered with the Autism Society has established a nation-wide program for children to experience sensory friendly films. Once monthly, 10am showings of current children’s feature films are screened in a family-friendly atmosphere perfect for small children, or children who find traditional theater experiences to be overwhelming. The lights are left on, the sound is turned down. Getting up, moving around and dancing are all encouraged! Your infant or young toddler will not be required to sit through an feature film, so your whole family can experience movie-magic together, without fear of being “shhhh-ed.” Check the website for local listings.
13 Huntington Lane, Wheeling IL
Nibbles is a café that serves up more than a great cup of coffee. Here you can get your caffeine fix while your child explores indoor play areas specially designed by early childhood professionals. An infant- area allows for early crawlers and walkers to explore in a soft and safe zone separated from older toddlers and children’s imaginative play and art projects. Adults and children under age 1 are invited to enjoy a day at Nibbles free-of-charge while admission for older children is $7.50 each, $3.75 for siblings.
5100 Museum Drive Oak Lawn, IL
The Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn features many exciting exhibits, and also boasts a Tummy Time exhibit just for infants and young toddlers. “Tummy time” is an important exercise for children’s early motor development (link to one of Bridget’s blogs?) and what better way to encourage your infant, than in a specially designed area for little ones to scoot and explore, belly down! Many children’s museums have rooms or exhibits dedicated to infants and toddlers, look into your local museum to find what they have to offer! Admission is free for children under one year, $6 for older children and adults.
The Exploritorium is a basement-level playground that offers a infant play areas, a mock theatre, computer stations with educational computer games, water play, a large art area, and a two-and-a-half story climber with slides, tunnels, and swaying bridges. Perfect for stir crazy children on rainy days. It’s also available for birthday party rentals. Kids under 1 are free!