All special programs are free with Museum admission on a first-come-first-served basis. No registration is necessary.
Art Adventures are guided art activities that children and their caregivers can create together and either take home or replicate in the home.
These activities take place daily in the Adventures in Art exhibit from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m. whenever the Museum is open.
Please join us for this networking group for parents and their children up to 12 months. Come and meet others in your position – not just first time parents, but all those living with and caring for newborns, including grandparents and caregivers – to talk about what it takes to adjust to parenthood and a new baby in your life. A nurse representative from our partners at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate discussions on early childhood development and parenting topics. There is no charge to attend this meet-up group for adults and infants; however, regular Museum admission prices will apply for access to the Museum exhibits with additional children. This group will meet at the Museum every Monday from 9:30 – 11 a.m., whenever the Museum is open.
This session is not suitable for children older than 12 months
Taking place every Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Habitat Park from May through October, this program lets children learn about seeds, weeds, worms, fruits and vegetables, and the joys of digging in the dirt and growing plants. Master gardeners from University of Illinois Extension and other local horticultural institutions lead sessions.
Calling all junior chefs! Join us at Kohl Children’s Museum for our Kitchen Creations program featuring farm-to-table food preparation and nutritious eating. Twice a month we will use a variety of ingredients and transform them into healthy snacks, salads, and more! Kitchen Creations will occur approximately every other Tuesday from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., May through October.
Science Sleuths lets children become little scientists as they study evidence, make predictions, and test their hypotheses with the guidance of a Museum educator or local professional. Programming takes place approximately every other Wednesday from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Story Time takes place every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Walk into the pages of a different book every two weeks with our interactive storytelling led by Museum professionals. Early elementary age appropriate stories on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. are chosen based on age appropriateness but all ages are welcome to attend.
Story Time takes place every Monday at 11 a.m. Walk into the pages of a different book every two weeks with our interactive storytelling led by Museum professionals. Pre-school age stories on Mondays at 11 a.m. are chosen based on age appropriateness but all ages are welcome to attend.
Tech Play Lab is our newest program introducing young children to the basic building blocks of technology. Activities take place every Tuesday through Friday from 1–4 p.m.
It’s time to let your inner actor out with Theatre Games. Through a variety of creative dramatic exercises, we will explore gross and fine motor skills, problem solving, listening and speaking skills, following directions, and building confidence. Theatre games takes place Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.
The Museum’s Tinkering Tuesday program encourages children to do what they do best – let their curiosity take over! Explore the world of engineering by building machines and creating processes, and then explore what happens when you make changes or do things differently. Programming takes place approximately every other Tuesday from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. at announced locations in the Museum. Photo courtesy of Anixter