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.
Opportunities in Educational Outreach program
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and/or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
September 19, 2014 OR September 24, 2014
September 19, 2014 OR September 24, 2014
Help assemble art kits and binders for teachers and childcare providers who will be participating in the Early Childhood Connections (ECC) program. ECC is a year-long grant program that trains 145 public school teachers and childcare providers in low-income areas on the Project Approach teaching philosophy. The art kits are used by participants during family art nights, which provide creative and unique opportunities for families in low-income and at-risk situations and a chance for parents to spend time with their children. Included in the art kits are: paint, paper, books, and other art tools. The binders consist of training materials and other resources such as free field trip information, order forms, and a journal. These are all important materials to help train teachers and give positive learning experiences to the at-risk children the Museum seeks to serve.
Organizing Exhibit Inventory
Commitment: two to four hours per week for up to six months
Each of the museum's exhibits has a number of props, or consumables, that are stored in numbered bins in the Museum's workshop, located at the west end of the Museum. Inventory for each bin is included in a master Excel spreadsheet that needs to be updated as it is currently out of date. The inventory spreadsheet includes the gallery's, or exhibit's, name, the quantity of consumables specified for each gallery, and the quantity of consumables the Museum currently has in supply. Kohl seeks two volunteers to work in tandem: one person sorting, consolidating, and organizing the bins, while the other works alongside, documenting the inventory on an electronic spreadsheet. The Museum will provide a laptop for this project.
Computer skills required: Excel spreadsheet
Bin skills required: ability to lift 40 pounds and climb a ladder.
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.
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