Author - Natalie Bortoli

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Chicago Children’s Museum is a place where families and caregivers with infants and children are encouraged to create, explore and discover together through play. The museum features three vibrant floors of exhibits and activities that provide sensory experiences and engaging educational content focusing on literacy, science, math, visual and performing arts, and health.

Learning All the Time and Everywhere

The fall season typically invokes the excitement of a new classroom, new school supplies and a brand new year of learning for our children. But it also means a return to the school-day routine and assignments—a busy schedule that can leave the more open-ended explorations of summer a distant memory. However, those adventures need not be a seasonal phenomenon.

From playing in the living room to visiting the grocery store or taking a trip to the park, library or museum, out-of- school ex...

Posted on November 02, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Natalie Bortoli

Let's Take a Trip

Visits to the museum, park or zoo should be enjoyable outings filled with quality family time. But all too often they feel stressful, rushed and exhausting. Many challenges during family outings result from transitions children are coping with, including:

Changes to their daily routine

Not knowing what to expect or what to do

Feeling too physically restrained or tired

Remember, it’s not so much what you do with your child, but how you do it. Help them feel secure ...

Posted on July 09, 2012 at 7:42 AM by Natalie Bortoli

Choose a Child Care Provider Who's S.M.A.R.T. About Play!

Play is essential to healthy growth and development. When children are playing, they create their identities, build relationships, learn to focus, gain confidence and much more. At Chicago Children’s Museum, we encourage you to find a child care provider that makes “S.M.A.R.T.” choices for play.


Children need adults to help them stay safe physically and emotionally. Look for:

A clean environment that ensures physical safety

An environment that reduces the n...

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Natalie Bortoli