Kohl Children's Museum Named One of the Best Children's Museums in the Country by Parents Magazine

Kohl Children’s Museum the Only Illinois Museum to Make the "Ten Best" List

February 7, 2011

GLENVIEW, IL – Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago was recently named one of the country’s Ten Best Children’s Museums by Parents Magazine. The only Chicagoland Museum on the list, Kohl Children’s Museum was ranked sixth out of the more than 300 children’s museums nationwide.

Parents says, “Pretend play doesn't get any cooler than at this museum in Glenview, Illinois. At the Pet Vet exhibit, kids can nurse sick stuffed animals back to health. Over in Hands On House, your pint-size construction worker can lay bricks or tile a floor…Take a break from make-believe in the 2-acre outdoor space with a painting wall, mazes, and a giant kaleidoscope.”

“We are thrilled that Parents magazine and their readers have recognized Kohl Children’s Museum in this fashion,” said Sheridan Turner, President & CEO of the Museum. “Since our founding just 25 years ago, we have worked tirelessly to provide a world-class family museum experience that nurtures a love of learning in young children. It’s an honor that our guests are telling us that our work and dedication is achieving our goal.”

Parents magazine extensively researched children’s museums to identify those with clever educational exhibits, mommy-and-me outings and festivals, healthy places for lunch, nursing areas, family restrooms and stroller parking. Parents then worked with the 300-plus members of the Association of Children’s Museums and eliminated those without a lot for kids under 3. Then the magazine asked the remaining museums questions to help decide the leaders. After tallying the scores, Parents went to local moms to ask for insider tips.

According to the Parents survey, the 10 Best Children’s Museums are:

  1. The Children’s Museum of Houston
  2. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  3. Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia
  4. Boston Children’s Museum
  5. Madison Children’s Museum
  6. Kohl Children’s Museum
  7. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
  8. Children’s Museum of Phoenix
  9. National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY
  10. Minnesota Children’s Museum

Parents, published monthly by Meredith Corporation, has been America's #1 family magazine for more than 80 years. Since its inception in 1926, it has been a trusted source by every generation of parents. Currently, the magazine is a powerful community of nearly 16 million readers devoted to supporting the efforts of parents, educators and other citizens who strive to make the world a better place for our children. Parents can be found online at www.parents.com.

In recognition for its outstanding exhibits and impact on Chicagoland families, Kohl Children’s Museum was recently named one of the country’s Ten Best Children’s Museums by Parents magazine. Offering 17 interactive, hands-on exhibits for children ages birth to 8, the museum’s mission is to encourage young children ages birth to 8 to become effective learners through self-directed complex play. Kohl Children’s Museum was ranked sixth out of more than 300 children’s museums nationwide and was the only Chicago area museum recognized.

Kohl Children’s Museum is located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., in Glenview, Ill. at the corner of Patriot Blvd. and West Lake Ave. in The Glen. The Museum can be easily reached by public transportation, including Pace bus and Metra trains. For more information, visit www.kcmgc.org or call (847) 832-6600.

The Museum is open on Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Special members-only hours are from Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Admission prices are $11 for children and adults and $10 for senior citizens and grandparents. Children under 12 months old and members are free.

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