Become a part of one of the nation’s best children’s museums by assisting us with your volunteer time and service. Since 1985, Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago, a not-for-profit, educational facility, has been dedicated to “hands-on” learning and fostering innovative ways to nurture a love of learning in young children through play, exploration, and discovery. Kohl is one of the few museums in the country that has always focused on early childhood education – the fundamental, critically important learning that occurs from birth to age eight.

Ways to Volunteer:

Museum Exhibit Docent (for our new Spotlight Studio Exhibit):  An artist will be displaying her artwork, and the docent will be discussing the artwork and assisting our young patrons by answering questions about the artwork, offering new details about the artwork, playing "eye spy" with the artwork and reading a companion storybook. There will be a workshop with our Education Dept to learn about the artwork and activities and your role. You will need to attend this workshop on Dec 5 @ 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM.
Commitment: Dec 12, 2016 - Jan 6, 2017
Needed on either Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays 
Morning Shift:  10 AM – 12 PM ~ OR ~ Afternoon Shift:  1 – 3 PM 

Floor Guide: Be one of the friendly faces that help enhance guest’s experiences, and learning through interaction in our Museum exhibits. Assist the Museum staff by ensuring a safe and clean environment on the Museum floor. Keep an eye out for lost children and keep exhibits organized so that all patrons can enjoy the interactive exhibits!
Week day Shifts: 9:30 AM - 12 noon  or 12 noon – 3 PM
Saturday Shifts:  9 AM - 12 noon , 11 AM – 2 PM, 12 noon  – 3 PM, and 2 PM – 5 PM 
Sunday Shifts : 12 noon – 3 PM, 12 noon – 5 PM, or 2 PM – 5 PM

Educator Aides: Assist and instruct children ages 2-8 in workshops and special activities in the museum.  Mentor “future” artists in our art studio by helping children with their engaging projects. 
Commitment: This position is available both weekdays and weekends. 
Focus Field Trip Assistant: Provide a helping hand to the educators who lead educational programs for school and camp groups. Volunteers will spend their time in the program rooms, setting up, providing assistance during, and cleaning up after field trip groups. 
Commitment: This position is available weekdays during the mornings and or the afternoons.  
Birthday Party Coordinator: Work alongside Museum staff to ensure every child’s birthday is celebrated successfully! Check in party arrivals and provide assistance during set-up, including answering important questions about party guidelines. 
Commitment: Volunteers for this position must be available on weekends.
Administrative: Assist in the busy Administrative Offices of the Museum in a variety of ways! This volunteer position provides opportunities to support the Museum staff with clerical projects and can include anything from helping prepare mailings, binders, project kits, filing papers, data entry, or creating labels. 
Commitment:  Most administrative volunteer projects are available weekdays from 9am to 5pm. 
Special Events Assistants: Be a part of a special event, such as helping us with stuffing envelopes for any of our fundraising events, or help at the actual Events such as check-in’s, selling raffle tickets, or photo assistant.
Commitment: TBD – this position is project specific and date specific.
Additional Ways to Volunteer: 
• Master Gardener
• Traveling Exhibits Assistants
• Data Management Specialist
• Facilities and Operations Assistants
  • Minimum age: 16 or older (all Juniors/Seniors in High School fulfilling academic-related service hours are welcome to apply)
  • Reliability, flexibility, and great people skills
  • Experience interacting with younger children helpful
  • The ability to stand or sit for long periods of time (for certain volunteer positions)
  • Prior volunteer/work experience helpful
  • Enthusiasm about volunteering and supporting the community


  • Learn and develop new skills
  • Meet and build a community of friends who share the love of learning
  • Gain experience working with children at special events, or work “behind the scenes”
  • Gain personal satisfaction giving back to the community
  • Develop or enhance professional skills for the future
  • Receive invitations to staff celebrations and other special events
  • Discounts at the Museum restaurant.

Volunteer Application

Thank you for choosing Kohl Children's Museum as a place to volunteer. Please click "Apply Now," below, to complete the application. After completing the application, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

  • All applicants are required to attend an interview and training orientation as part of the application process.
  • The minimum age to volunteer is 16 years old.
  • A background check is required as part of the application process for all adult volunteers (18 years of age).
  • Parent or Guardian consent is required for all youth volunteers (16-17 years old).

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Volunteer Information

Tel: (847) 832-6892
Fax: (847) 724-6398
E-mail: click here