plan your PLAY

The Lincoln Children’s Museum is where adventure takes place for children (and adults) of all ages!

The 23,000 sq. ft Museum engages a child’s sense of creativity, discovery, and play as they unlock new opportunities in every exhibit through experiential learning.

What should we play today?

hours

regular schedule

wed – sat | 9am – 5pm

sun | 11am – 5pm

* See sensory-friendly playtime dates & times here.

closed on:

New Year’s Day | jan 1st

Easter | march 31st

Memorial Day | may 29th

Indepenence Day | july 4th

Halloween | october 31st

Thanksgiving Day | november 28th

Christmas Eve | december 24th

Christmas Day | december 25th

open on the following LPS ‘no school’ days:

january 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

february 16th

march 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 29th

april 26th

admission

 Infants (0-18 months):
FREE

Youth (19 months-15 years):
$14.95 +tax

Caretakers (16+ years):
$12.95 + tax

Seniors (65+ years) :
$11.95 +tax

Museums for All program:
$3

Members:
FREE!

*Admission is 50% off after 4pm.

– does not include Museums for All admission

WEAPONS POLICY: The Lincoln Children’s Museum prohibits firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind.

NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED: Snacks, drinks, and more are available at Kazoo’s U-Stop Cafe located on the upper floor of the Museum.

VISITOR POLICY: Exhibits and programs are designed for children ages 0-12. For the safety and security of all guests, to enter the Museum your group must include an infant or child (ages 0-12) accompanied by a caretaker age 16 or older. We welcome individuals with disabilities who will benefit from our exhibits and programs.

All infants and children must be accompanied by their age 16+ caretaker for the entirety of the museum visit and at no point should children be left unattended.

If visiting the museum as a larger group, we require that a 1:5 adult to child/infant ratio is met for the visit.

Please read our Visitor Code of Conduct

tinker theater hours

current schedule

thurs – sat | 10am – 3:30pm

sun | 11am – 3:30pm

Tinker Theater is also closed on the Museum’s listed ‘closed’ dates.

Kazoo’s U-Stop Cafe hours

current hours

sat | 11am – 4pm

sun | 11am – 3pm 

Kazoo’s U-Stop Cafe is also closed on the Museum’s listed ‘closed’ dates.

location, driving directions & parking

Welcome to Downtown Lincoln! When planning to visit the Lincoln Children’s Museum, we recommend parking in the Larson Building Parking Garage located at 1317 Q Street for the shortest walk to the Museum. The first hour of parking is free.

Handicap parking is available along P Street via street parking.

City parking is available around the Museum. Many meters can be paid with coins, credit card, or the Passport mobile app.

If you would like directions to the Lincoln Children’s Museum at 1420 P Street, click HERE.

We recommend using Waze.com or of the Waze app for directions that include current road closures and detours in Downtown Lincoln.

All directions below are for the Larson Building Parking Garage.

Coming from the NORTH side of Lincoln
  • Option 1:
    • Head south on I-180, merging onto 9th Street as you enter downtown Lincoln
    • Turn left onto P Street
    • Turn left onto 14th Street
    • Turn left onto Q Street
    • The Larson Parking Garage will be on the left side of the road, located on 1317 Q Street
    • As you exit the parking garage, use the crosswalk for 14th Street, walk south to the corner of 14th and P Street, take a left by Wells Fargo, and the Museum’s main entrance will be 1/2 a block straight ahead.
  • Option 2:
    • Head south on N Antelope Valley Parkway
    • Turn right onto Q Street
    • The Larson Parking Garage will be on the left side of the road, located on 1317 Q Street
    • As you exit the parking garage, use the crosswalk for 14th Street, walk south to the corner of 14th and P Street, take a left by Wells Fargo, and the Museum’s main entrance will be 1/2 a block straight ahead.
Coming from the SOUTH side of Lincoln
  • Option 1:
    • Head north on 10th Street
    • Turn right on P Street
    • Turn left onto 14th Street
    • Turn left onto Q Street
    • The Larson Parking Garage will be on the left side of the road, located on 1317 Q Street
    • As you exit the parking garage, use the crosswalk for 14th Street, walk south to the corner of 14th and P Street, take a left by Wells Fargo, and the Museum’s main entrance will be 1/2 a block straight ahead.
  • Option 2:
    • Head North on 17th Street
    • Turn left on Q Street
    • The Larson Parking Garage will be on the left side of the road, located on 1317 Q Street
    • As you exit the parking garage, use the crosswalk for 14th Street, walk south to the corner of 14th and P Street, take a left by Wells Fargo, and the Museum’s main entrance will be 1/2 a block straight ahead.
Coming from the EAST side of Lincoln

 

    • Head west on O Street
    • Turn Right onto 17th Street
    • Turn Left onto Q Street
    • The Larson Parking Garage will be on the left side of the road, located on 1317 Q Street
    • As you exit the parking garage, use the crosswalk for 14th Street, walk south to the corner of 14th and P Street, take a left by Wells Fargo, and the Museum’s main entrance will be 1/2 a block straight ahead.
Coming from the WEST side of Lincoln

 

    • Head east on O Street to enter downtown Lincoln
    • Turn left onto 14th Street
    • Turn left onto Q Street
    • The Larson Parking Garage will be on the left side of the road, located on 1317 Q Street
    • As you exit the parking garage, use the crosswalk for 14th Street, walk south to the corner of 14th and P Street, take a left by Wells Fargo, and the Museum’s main entrance will be 1/2 a block straight ahead.

group admission

Receive a discount of $2.50 per ticket (Group Size: 10-200*)

Chaperones: 1 adult per every 5 children

Reservations: Must be made at least two days in advance

*Includes adults and meant for families, for-profit organizations, those not affiliated with schools or daycares.

Guidelines for Your Visit

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children are not allowed to enter without an adult

Our Main Entrance is located on the south side of the building facing the Nebraska History Museum. This is the only way to enter the museum. 

During your visit, Museum staff members may take pictures or videos of visitors for marketing purposes. If you wish not to be photographed, please let the front desk know. 

Bathrooms are available on every floor of the Museum.

Memberships are non-transferable. For more information on memberships, visit our information section here: https://lincolnchildrensmuseum.org/membership/

Food & Drink

Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the Museum. We offer a variety of food and drink options at Kazoo’s U-STOP cafe located on the upper level. Snack options are also available at the Museum Toy Store next to the welcome desk.

Accessibility

A mother’s room is located on the Museum’s main level next to the Grow Zone exhibit for any privacy you desire with your little one. 

Mobility Assistive Devices are welcomed at the Lincoln Children’s Museum to allow everyone to take advantage of everything the Museum offers. 

Elevators are located on the east side of every level of the Museum. 

Sensory Backpacks are available for checkout at the welcome desk. Leave a form of identification to check out and check back in at the end of your visit. The backpack includes noise-canceling headphones, fidgets, books, and more. 

virtual tour

take a virtual tour through our exhibits!

Want to come back again and again?

Kazoo’s U-Stop Café

Fuel your big adventure by grabbing a snack at Kazoo’s U-Stop Café! Located on the upper floor near the airplane, The Café is serving up à la carte eats perfect for the whole family.

In partnership with U-Stop Shops, you can enjoy crowd-pleasers like chicken nuggets, hamburger or cheese pizza, and pretzel bites along with vegetarian options too! There’s something yummy for everyone. Pair it with a favorite drink to make it a meal.

Just want a small snack? A variety of kid-favorite crackers, chips and candies are available as well.

(No outside food or drinks allowed.)