Special Programs

Museum Special Programs

All special programs are free with Museum admission on a first-come-first-served basis. No registration is necessary.

Art Adventures

Art Adventures are guided art activities that children and their caregivers can create together and either take home or replicate in the home. These activities take place daily in the Adventures in Art exhibit from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m. whenever the Museum is open. Art Adventures underwritten by:

    The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation

Click here for a list of upcoming activities

Baby & Me

Baby & Me is a networking group for parents and their children up to 12 months, to come and meet others in your position – not just first time parents, but all those living with and caring for newborns, including grandparents and caregivers – to talk about what it takes to adjust to parenthood and a new baby in your life. A nurse representative from our partners at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate discussions on early childhood development and parenting topics. There is no charge to attend this meet-up group for adults and infants; however, regular Museum admission prices will apply for access to the Museum exhibits with additional children. This group will meet at the Museum every Monday from 9:30 - 11 a.m. There is no charge or registration required to attend, just drop in when you like!


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Science Sleuths

Science Sleuths lets children become little scientists as they study evidence, make predictions, and test their hypotheses with the guidance of a Museum educator or local professional. Programming takes place approximately every other Friday from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Click here for a list of upcoming activities



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Story Time

Story Time takes place every Monday at 11 a.m. and Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Walk into the pages of a different book every two weeks with our interactive storytelling led by Museum professionals. Click here for a schedule of upcoming stories

Theatre Games

It’s time to let your inner actor out with Theatre Games. Through a variety of theatrical games and exercises we will explore gross and fine motor skills, problem solving, listening and speaking skills, following directions, and building confidence. Theatre Games takes place every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Click here for a list of upcoming activities.

Fitness for All

Fitness for All activities are focused around getting and staying healthy. Whether it’s an opportunity to build your endurance, stretch your muscles, build gross motor skills, we’ll help put the “active” in interactive. November Through March: Fitness for All activities will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 – 4 p.m. in an announced Program Room inside the Museum. April through October: Fitness for All Activities will take place Monday from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in our outdoor Habitat Park exhibit, weather-permitting. Alternate arrangements will be announced in case of inclement weather. Click here for a list of upcoming activities

Wells Fargo Math Counts

Wells Fargo Math Counts introduces children to the wonderful worth of math in a fun, informative way. Enjoy a special storytime before engaging in fun activities that deal with the basic building blocks of math: sets and patterns, counting, numerosity, geometry – even algebraic thinking! Programming takes place approximately every other Friday from 2:30 – 4 p.m.

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Kitchen Creations

Calling all junior chefs!  Join us at Kohl Children’s Museum for our Kitchen Creations program featuring farm-to-table food preparation and nutritious eating.  Twice a month we will use a variety of ingredients that can be found in the Museum’s garden beds during the summer and transform them into healthy snacks, salads, and more!  Kitchen Creations will occur approximately every other Tuesday from 2 – 3 p.m.

Kitchen Creations has been underwritten by

Whole Kids Foundation