Kohlights: Select Dates Nov 26 - Dec 31
Kohlights: A Mesmertastic Holiday Lightacular!
Kids take charge in the area’s newest holiday light display. It’s more than just a walk through the festive holiday lights in Kohl Children’s Museum’s newest outdoor activity: Kohlights. Children can control and change the lights, so it’s a different lightacular experience every time.
Learn while you play with light and color as you create new hues and patterns in this safe and interactive holiday light installation. The show must “glow” on!
Enjoy the full lightacular experience, Nov 26 – 28, Dec 3 – 5, 10 – 12, 17 – 23, and 26 – 31.
- Kohlights tickets: $20/person, $15/members
- Tickets required for both adults and children for entry. Infants under 12 months of age are free and do not require tickets.
- Event will go on rain, snow or shine. Tickets are non-refundable unless the Kohlights experience is unable to operate due to electrical or winter weather emergency issues.
- Limited discounts available for families with EBT cards through the Museum’s access and inclusion programming. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Kohl Children’s Museum members receive a $5 discount on all tickets purchased. You must Sign In in the upper right corner of our sales screen after you select your tickets. Discounts will be applied AFTER tickets are added to cart but BEFORE credit card information is entered.
“My kids have been cooped up and it is so great to get them outside jumping around and burning energy. They are having so much fun.”
How do you build a Mesmertastic Holiday Lightacular?
1 bucket of rainbows
2 shots of sparkles
And whole lot of electrical cable
We traveled from the western suburbs to see this – so worth it. Loved it!”
- 100% outdoors presentation (indoor restrooms and dining available)
- All sessions are limited timed 30-minute window entry to encourage social distancing
Please arrive during your selected entry window. The complete trail will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete.
Thank you for having this light festival – so grateful for it.”
Sample Activity Stations
- Rainbow Arbor: Children turn a color wheel that will change lights on trees in the park’s courtyard along the color spectrum.
- Flurry Field: A grove of trees are bedecked with brilliant lights, and children can look through mounted diffraction lenses that manipulate the lights.
- Rainbow Caterpillar: Another color wheel allows children to propel patterns of lights through winding fixtures in the park’s Sensory Garden, mimicking a caterpillar’s movement.
- Prism Promenade: A short walk along a rainbow path of colors shows children the color spectrum.
- Prism Playframe and Electric Igloo: After viewing one of the parks’ climbing structures transformed into a brilliantly-lit igloo, children can use technology to select colors patterns on the second climbing structure.
- Festive Firs: A semi-circle of pine trees becomes a winter discotheque with dancing lights for children to chase.
- Color Team Trees: Children work together to explore how primary colors blend to become secondary and tertiary colors by lighting up a small grove of trees.
- Tinsel Tiny Town: Pulling levers lights up the buildings of the Museum’s Tiny Town, transforming it into a Christmas village.
- Twinkle Train: Families have the choice of walking through one section of the trail or riding in holiday style on a trackless kiddie train.
- Tunnel of Shadows: Children can experiment with opacity and colored lights along with some beloved holiday characters.
Watch for information about food options (including pre-arranged meals and hot cocoa) offered by our new cafe provider, Bean Sprouts!
Support for Kohlights
Kohlights is part of our continued effort to provide safe spaces for children to imagine, learn, and thrive during the pandemic. We kindly ask you to support campaigns like Kohlights, giving much needed financial support to the Museum. Money raised through the campaign goes directly to where it is needed most: day-to-day operations, expanded virtual field trips, and new programs like Kohlights.