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.
Operating seven days a week in a 46,700 square foot, Silver-level LEED certified, universally designed facility, the Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago continues to offer many ways volunteers can assist.
Exhibit Experience Opportunities
Kohl Children’s Museum is seeking volunteers to interact with children and staff to ensure an optimal guest experience. As a volunteer, you will rotate among various exhibits and enjoy the flexibility of interacting with Museum guests as the exhibit dictates. For instance, you may choose to lend your artistic skills in Adventures in Art, or read a book in Sheridan’s Books and Crannies, or play a game in our two-acre outdoor nature environment, Habitat Park. Your creativity and interactive fun is limited only by your imagination. You will also be responsible for ensuring that exhibits remain tidy and organized while also ensuring our guests’ safety…and fun!
Requirements: Must be able to work in an environment bursting with young, excited children having fun; able to stand for two or more hours at a time, able to respond appropriately during emergencies, able to commit to 20 weeks within a six-month period. Good communication skills and positive attitude a must!
Scheduling: Two (or three) hour shifts available Monday-Friday between 9:00a.m. and 5:00p.m.
Kohl Children’s Museum is building a vibrant, ever-growing library of images of children experiencing the power of their imaginations. Experienced or amateur photographers needed to document activities, events, and exhibits. All photos must be available for unrestricted Kohl Children’s Museum use. Great opportunity for those looking to build portfolios or exercise photographic creativity in a unique playful atmosphere. Suggested list of photo topics may be provided. Ideal candidate will be able to document experiences of children with minimal disruption to patrons’ museum experience. Experience photographing or engaging with children preferred. Specific dates for which photographic help would be helpful include the following:
Mon Jun 23, 12 – 5pm (*off site golf outing walking required)
Tues. June 24, anytime during museum hours
Fri July 4, 12 p.m. (*offsite parade - walking required)
Sat July 5, 10:30 a.m.
Mon July 14, 10 a.m.
Mon July 28, 10 a.m.
Tues, July 29, anytime during museum hours
Mon Aug 11, 10 a.m.
Weekend Birthday Party Concierge
Enjoy spending time with young children at the Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago. The Museum hosts several birthday parties on the weekends, and we are seeking volunteers to help direct birthday party traffic. As a volunteer, you will meet with the host family outside the designated party room and--with guest list in hand--you will check in guests and ensure they’re at the right party so they don’t miss out on any of the birthday party fun! During the party, if the host family has any questions or concerns, you will be on hand to contact one of the birthday party coordinators. Additional responsibilities may also apply as needed!
Saturday: Shifts available in two to four hour increments beginning at 9:15 a.m.
Sunday: Shifts available in two to four hour increments beginning at 12:00 noon.
Membership Renewal and Recruitment Associate
We don’t want our members to miss out on any of the ongoing fun our young members enjoy as they learn through play! So, if you’re the type of person who likes to promote fun and a good cause, then we need your help! Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago is seeking volunteers to help us reach out to current members who may need a reminder about their soon-to-expire membership. Additionally, we are seeking volunteers who can assist with member recruitment, too! Put on your marketing and sales hat and come help us promote membership to a Museum that fosters a love of learning through SMART PLAY!
- 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
- 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 training workshops and an annual recognition event