Last week, I gave you 34 rainy day destinations to visit in Chicagoland. This week, I want to take a closer look at one of our most frequented cold or rainy weather haunts: Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview, Illinois. This is another place where we are lucky enough to have a membership so we always put it to good use!
- Adventures in Art
- All About Me
- Baby Nursery
- City on the Move
- Cooperation Station
- Habitat Park (Outdoor Exhibit)
- Hands on House
- Nature Explorers
- Pet Vet
- Play Cafe (Potbelly!)
- Powered by Nature
- Ravinia Festival Music Makers
- Sheridan’s Books and Crannies
- SpotHero Car Garage
- Turtle Rock
- Water Works
- Whole Foods Market
Here are our personal favorite that are not to be missed!
All About Me
- This section features an area for DIY face painting, perform on visual monitors, create an outline of your body with pins, and many other fun activities for children to explore themselves.
- The Baby Nursery was my favorite section to take E to when I was pregnant with H. We practiced holding, rocking and singing to babies and pretended to take them to get their first shots. H has come to love this area just as much as E did!
- Habitat Park is awesome when the weather is good. The museum usually has special activities happening outside like bubbles, chalk, and other various nature happenings.
- This area allows your little sandwich maker to make sandwiches, take orders and serve you a pretend sandwich. This is also, I believe, the only place where I have gotten to sit down and take a load off at the museum.
Ravinia Festival Music Makers
- This is the music room and we always have a ball in here! Littles can design their own musical instruments, play nuts and bolts and dance the day away on a projection screen.
SpotHero Car Garage
- Hands-down our very favorite part of the museum. This will be the first exhibit you see when you get into the museum and if you have a little car lover, you may end up here for most of the day. Here, kids can use wrenches to fix the car, build their own car and test out its capabilities on the race track or go through the carwash which is our favorite spot in the SpotHere Car Garage.
- Water Works is a fun, sensory-filled experience. Squirt water to play music, maneuver balls and build your own boat here.
Whole Foods Market
- This is always a very popular exhibit so plan on visiting early if you don’t want to wait in a line later in the day. Here, kids can play grocery store. It is adorable and looks just like my Whole Foods. Although, the food is less expensive. 😉
Tips & Tricks
- Snacks are tricky here and only allowed in the cafe, so we always take a break halfway through our visit to have a bite to eat.
- Strollers are kind of a pain at the museum. Especially double strollers. When H was little, I brought it anyway because you gotta do what ya gotta do! But I do try to avoid it at all costs now. The museum is often crowded and it’s difficult to wrangle littles and a stroller here.
- Bring an extra set of clothes, particularly if you plan to visit the Water Works section of the museum.
- Check the museum calendar before you go. Sometimes there are special activities happening such as story times or presentations.
- If you have young, non-walking children there are small padded areas throughout the museum for them to explore.
2100 Patriot Blvd.
Glenview, Illinois 60026
Monday: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday-Saturday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
*Members Only Hours: 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Adults & Children: $12
Grandparents & Seniors (55+): $11
Infants (under 12 months): FREE
EBT Cardholders: $3 per person (up to 4 guests. Electronic Benefit Transfer card cannot be accepted for payment)
Military Discount: Buy one, get one free admission for entire party