The Kohl Children's Museum, located in the northern Chicago suburb of Glenview, is filled with scores of hands-on exhibits to provide a great day of entertainment for kids 8 and under.
2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview, IL 60026
Getting to the Kohl Children's Museum
From downtown Chicago: I-90 W/I-94 W, follow I-94 W to exit 33A/W Willow Road. Continue onto New Willow Road. Turn left onto Patriot Boulevard.
Kohl Children's Museum Hours
- Monday: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. (9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. June - August)
- Tuesday through Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed most holidays.
Dining at Kohl Children's Museum
No worries if you and your brood get hungry during your visit to the museum. Kohl has a Cosi Cafe, which serves a variety of sandwiches and salads as well as a children's menu with items such as flatbread pizza, macaroni and cheese, and grilled cheese sandwiches.
About the Kohl Children's Museum
Kohl Children's Museum was created to provide a learning environment with "self-directed complex play" for kids under 8 years old with a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits. Children, however, flitting back and forth amongst all the hands-on activities won't feel like they are being taught to but simply having tons of fun.
Permanent Exhibits currently include
- Adventures in Art
- The museum's art studio with a wide variety of art media, programs change twice monthly.
- All About Me
- Children can explore all things about themselves like how much they weigh in milk jugs, testing their muscle strength and reach, and seeing their body from all angles with cameras and video screens.
- Baby Nursery
- Kids can pretend to be pediatric doctors and nurses and take care of various baby dolls in this pint-sized baby nursery.
- Car Car
- Your car-loving tot will be thrilled with this exhibit where they get to work on a child-sized car, find out how steering and brakes work, go through a Kid Car Wash, and even turn the tables by putting their moms and dads into a mega-sized car safety seat.
- City on the Move
- This exhibit based on Chicago explores some of the science, math, and technology that is essential to the creation and running of a big city.
- Cooperation Station
- Kids have to work together in this exhibit and team up to operate various simple machines.
- Children get to experience all aspects of working and shopping in this mini grocery store.
- Habitat Park
- The museum's 2-acre nature park opens in the warmer months and features climbing structures, a water wall, sensory garden, interactive sculptures and a grass maze.
- Hands On House
- Construct and decorate a house using simple machines, wheelbarrows, and a conveyor belt.
- Music Makers
- This exhibit has several creative ways for kids to make a variety of music and noise.
- Nature Explorers
- Learn more about nature, animals, and the environment.
- Pet Vet
- Pretend to play in a mock veterinarian office, where children can nurse sick stuffed animals back to health.
- Play Library
- Take a break from the action and read one of the museum's varieties of children's books.
- Potbelly Sandwich Works
- This play sandwich shop allows kids to take and make orders for customers.
- Powered by Nature
- Explore how sun, wind, and water is turned into energy.
- Water Works
- Learn about all the ways water is used in human life besides just drinking and swimming.