Museums in SOUTH BEND with kids

A place where kids can learn, AND have a great time? Surely not! 

When it comes to museums in South Bend, Indiana, that’s exactly what you will find! The many fascinating museums in this The Hoosier State city offer a range of topics, with many perfectly designed to visit with children. 

Art lovers in the family? Take your pick! Looking for interactive museums with endless fun things to do with kids? Where would you like to start!?  Nature…history…transport…the list is endless!

Museums have become incredible places to go with kids where they can learn, interact, and be introduced to a whole new world of wonder.

Learning CAN be fun in South Bend…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • HealthWorks Kids Museum

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    South Bend

    HealthWorks!, a one of a kind place that merges the best of both worlds from children�s museums and health education centers with our own creative spin.

  • The Studebaker Museum

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    (1 miles) South Bend

    The Mission of the Studebaker National Museum is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, interpretation, conservation and ...

  • Hannah Lindahl Childrens Museum

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    (4 miles) Mishawaka

    There�s a place in Michiana made just for you! And this is it - the Hannah Lindahl Children�s Museum! Step inside and you�ll step back in time to a world your grandparents - even your ...

  • National New York Central Railroad Museum

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    (15 miles) Elkhart

    A TIMETABLE TO THE PAST At the center of it all was the New York Central Railroad. Elkhart's National New York Central RR Museum recaptures the days when locomotives were symbols of progress, and ...

  • Hesston Steam Museum

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    (23 miles) La Porte

    History comes alive at the Hesston Steam Museum as real steam locomotives take you on a spectacular two and a half mile journey through deep woods, past lakes and farm fields.

  • Curious Kids Discovery Zone

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    (32 miles) Saint Joseph

    Come to where Learning is Fun! Offering permanent and traveling hands-on exhibits for toddlers to teens. This beach side setting is the perfect place to explore six water exhibits, a climbing wall, ...

  • Air Zoo

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    (52 miles) Portage

    A fun packed science and aeronautical day for the whole family to spend flying around this exciting flight based theme park!

  • The Kalamazoo Valley Museum

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    (55 miles) Kalamazoo

    A museum for all ages in Kalamazoo, with hands-on exhibits featuring science experiments, the natural world, history, cultures, and self-guided tours just for kids!

  • Museum of Science and Industry

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    (69 miles) Chicago

    One of the worlds largest science museums, home to more than 35,000 artifacts - nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. Great family place to visit ...

  • Grissom Air Museum

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    (70 miles) Peru

    WELCOME . . . to the Grissom Air Museum, one of the nation�s fastest growing aviation museums. Here you can learn about our historic aircraft, climb the Observation Tower, view exciting ...

  • DuSable Museum of African American History

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    (70 miles) Chicago

    The DuSable Museum of African American History is the first museum of its type in the country and is the only major independent institution in Chicago established to preserve and interpret the ...

  • Science Central

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    (70 miles) Fort Wayne

    Learning all things science whilst having FUN at this Indiana Science Center, with over 130 hands-on exhibits that will teach science in an engaging way

  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art

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    (71 miles) Fort Wayne

    It's an art attack in Fort Wayne with the Museum of Art, featuring every changing exhibitions that introduce kids to the wonderful world of art.

  • Adler Planeterium

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    (71 miles) Chicago

    Great fun in Chicago - and space! - at the Adler Planetarium, with three theatres and a number of fascinating exhibits.

  • Chicago Childrens Museum

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    (71 miles) Chicago

    Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to create a community where play and learning connect. One of the family places to visit if you're looking for fun things to do in Chicago with kids.

  • The Field Museum

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    (72 miles) Chicago

    Travel back in time across 4.6 billion years, where kids can come face to face with a T-Rex, explore an Egyptian Tomb and shrink down to the size of a bug! Great Chicago fun!

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

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    (72 miles) Chicago

    Explore the world of art as it has been since 1945, with paintings, sculptures and even performance! A very cultural day out for kids in Chicago!

  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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    (73 miles) Chicago

    An amazing experience in the heart of Chicago, where the family can have a nature and science filled family day out at this Nature Museum.

  • Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

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    (74 miles) Chicago

    offers children (ages 4-12) and families the opportunity to learn about art and culture through our weekend, after-school and summer classes.

  • Kohl Childrens Museum of Greater Chicago

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    (86 miles) Glenview

    - of Greater Chicago is a hands-on learning laboratory for children ages birth to 8. Our 17 hands-on, interactive exhibits are designed to make learning fun for young children. One of the many fun ...

  • Exploration Station

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    (92 miles) Bourbonnais

    A fun interactive museum in Illinois where kids can climb inside a medieval castle, fly a jet plane, and sail on a ship - all part of the hands on discovery experience.

  • Imagination Station

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    (93 miles) Lafayette

    Enjoy hands on science exhibits including nanotechnology, archeology, microscopes and kaleidoscopes, plus a Mars Rover simulation!

  • Grand Rapids Public Museum

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    (94 miles) Grand Rapids

    Visit one of the oldest historic museums in the Midwest, where kids can learn about the history of Grand Rapids!

  • Grand Rapids Childrens Museum

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    (94 miles) Grand Rapids

    An interactive and fun environment that inspires learning and exploration for kids of all ages, as they learn about the world and how it works.

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  • Amish Acres

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    (20 miles) Nappanee

    80 acres of fascinating historic farm and heritage resort that lets families experience the lifestyle of the Amish through guided tours. With farm animals, musical theatre, food, crafts, and shops. A ...

  • 360 Chicago

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    (72 miles) Chicago

    360 Chicago will take you to amazing heights with a unique open-air skywalk - 94 stories above the windy city!

  • Potawatomi Zoo

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    (2 miles) South Bend

    Explore over 160 species of animals over 23 acres in this very special zoo in South Bend, with a rich history and great learning fun for kids!

  • The Washington Park Zoo

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    (34 miles) Michigan City

    Founded in 1928, this great Indiana zoo encompasses 15 acres ,and is home to more than 200 animals from all over the world!

  • Deer Forest Petting Zoo

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    (37 miles) Coloma

    Deer Forest is an animal petting zoo and fun park. You can feed the deer and other animals up close. It also offers kiddie amusement rides, storybook lane, miniature golf, large playground, ...

  • Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

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    (46 miles) Albion

    Spend the day with beautiful, rescued exotic animals in this non-profit animal sanctuary.

  • Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary

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    (60 miles) Athens

    A reptile and amphibian rescue zoo, homing and rehabilitating creatures in need in naturalistic habitats for you and your kids to visit in safety.

  • Binder Park Zoo

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    (69 miles) Battle Creek

    Binder Park Zoo offers quality programming using exotic animals delivered by professional staff with a dedication to conserving wildlife. Online registration is currently available for our Camps, ...

  • Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo

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    (69 miles) Fort Wayne

    Animals from all around the world, plus train rides, rainforests, hands-on fun and an African Safari - all at this great Fort Wayne zoo perfect for kids!

  • Shedd Aquarium

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    (71 miles) Chicago

    Shedd aquarium has over 32,000 animals you can come and see (with plenty you can touch!) Underwater family fun in Chicago!

  • Lincoln Park Zoo

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    (73 miles) Chicago

    Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers...and it's FREE! Kids can encounter animals from all over the planet, just minutes north of Chicago!