Now that all the little ones are officially on summer break, it’s the perfect time to explore Chicago. From river cruising to helicopter tours, here’s five must-do activities your kids will love.
Go on a Cruise
Taking your kids on a cruise this summer doesn’t require packing your bags. Hop onboard one of Chicago's Mercury Cruises and float along the Chicago River, enjoying the beauty of the city from a different perspective. We recommend a sunset cruise for an even more magical experience. Guests who stay at The Peninsula Chicago will enjoy free children’s passes through their Keys To The City program. 112 E. Upper Wacker Dr., 312-332-1353
Just in time for summer, the Field Museum of Natural History introduces, Jurassic World: The Exhibition that’s not to be missed. Both you and your little ones will be in awe as you discover real dinosaur fossils and step into re-created scenes from the film. The museum also boasts a calendar of different events that will keep the kids entertained over the summer. Guests of The Peninsula Chicago who plan their visit to The Field Museum through the Concierge will also be able to skip the line to enter the museum. 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, 312-922-9410
Taking a family summer vacation doesn’t have to include passports and endless packing. Make things easier by treating the family to a fun staycation at The Peninsula Chicago, and take advantage of the Camp Peninsula and Peninsula Kids’ Academy programs. Your kids will enjoy perks like special access to only-in-Chicago activities, pastry classes, and more. The Camp Peninsula Package offers an in-room tent set up, 50% off an adjoining room, and free children's meals. At the Spa, kids can enjoy manis and pedis and pint-sized robes and slippers. The hotel also offers video games, and babysitting services so parents can sneak off for dinner and drinks. 108 E. Superior St., Chicago, 312-337-2888
There’s so much happening at Navy Pier this summer that kids will love, including the summer fireworks show on Wednesday and Saturday nights and the fort-building experience at the Children’s Museum. And don’t forget to buy a ticket to ride the iconic Centennial Wheel and soak up the gorgeous views of Chicago and Lake Michigan from up high. Peninsula guests taking advantage of the Keys To The City program will also receive a “fast pass” to skip the lines at the Centennial Wheel. 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, 312-595-7437
What’s better than exploring Chicago by water? Seeing the Windy City from the sky. The Peninsula Chicago’s Peninsula Academy program makes it so easy. First, they’ll chauffeur you to the helicopter. Then, prepare to take off and enjoy the best view of the city. Following the tour, you’ll cap the memorable experience with a Seadog Cruise on Lake Michigan. This is one activity your kids will remember forever. 108 East Superior St., Chicago, 312-337-2888