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:

Jam Room Docent Volunteer:  The Museum will be opening a new traveling exhibit; Children's China - celebrating culture, character, and confucius, in which the Jam Room Docent Volunteer will assist our visitors by showing them various Chinese instruments and guide them to explore other new instruments not usually found in our permanent exhibits. Some of the new Chinese instruments you will show & tell; pipa, guzheng, mokugyo drum, and bolang gu.
Looking for volunteers with music appreciation, early childhood education, and or guided instructional backgrounds.
Commitment: January 17 – April 23, 2017
Morning Shift: 10 AM – 12 noon ~ OR ~ Afternoon Shift:  1 – 3 PM

Administrative – Polish Translator Volunteer: Assist our Education team in providing quality professional development and coaching to Polish speaking child care providers in the Chicago area. Duties include helping translate email communications at our office, and serving as a translator at coaching meetings at two off site northern Chicago locations.  Looking for a volunteer that is fluent in Polish to English, English to Polish translating & speaking.  Ideal volunteer would have early childhood education, but not mandatory.
Commitment: January 30 – March 30, 2017
Weekday 2 or 3 hour Shifts:  Between 9 AM to 5 PM

Floor Guide Volunteer: 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

Art Adventures Volunteer:  Mentor “future” artists in our Art Studio by helping children with their engaging projects, setting up new activities, and prepping materials for their projects. Seeking individuals with past experience working with young children in the arts. 
Week day Shifts:  10 AM – 12 noon  or 1 PM – 4 PM
Saturday Shifts:  10 AM – 12 noon or  1 PM  – 4 PM
Sunday Shift:  1 PM  – 4 PM

Education Program Volunteer:  Provide a helping hand to the educators who lead educational programs for school and camp groups. Volunteers will spend their time in our program rooms providing assistance during & after the activities. Seeking individuals with early childhood education experience.
Week day Focus Field Trip  Shifts: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Week day Education Program Shifts:  2 PM – 4 PM

Birthday Party Coordinator Volunteer: 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. 
Saturday Shifts: 9 AM – 12 noon or 1 PM – 4 PM
Sunday Shifts: 12 noon – 4 PM

Administrative Volunteer: 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. 
Weekday Shifts Only: Between 9 AM to 5 PM. 

Special Events Volunteer: Be a part of a special event, such as helping us with stuffing envelopes for any of our fundraising events, or helping at the various actual events such as check-in’s, selling raffle tickets, or photo assistant.
Shifts:  These special projects are date specific.  Contact us for further information.

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