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Kohl Children's Museum

Museums, Childhood Suburbs
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Kohl Children's Museum

This museum is worth a quick trip to the Northern Suburbs for a chance to explore a mini version of Chicago, among other cool things. Kids can shop for groceries at Whole Foods, create sandwiches at Potbelly and make music at Ravinia. They can also mimic “adult things” like caring for babies, repairing cars and constructing houses.


Venue name: Kohl Children's Museum
Address: 2100 Patriot Blvd
Opening hours: Mon 9:30am–noon (Jun–Aug 9:30am–5pm); Tue–Sat 9:30am–5pm; Sun noon–5pm
Transport: Metra: Milwaukee N to North Glenview.
Price: $11, seniors $10
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Yes it is crowded, yes it is chaotic, yes kids are rude and push your little angel out of their way to take an unwarranted turn on something your little darling has waited patiently for and yes those kids' parents are generally nowhere to be found, but if you can handle all that - this is a great place for your little ones.

Parking is easy, entering is a breeze and then you just get ready to chase your little one around from area to area as they explore. There is lots and lots to do and unlike many other children's museums we have visited, everything is age appropriate for curious two year olds.

I have a few minor comments and those are that at $9.50 per person, it can be a pricey day for a family of four. I wish the adult admission was a little less, but hey it seems to be working for them. We just won't be able to go as often as we'd like. Also, they have a nursing station; which I appreciated. The only issue was that it was more like a bench in the middle of the play areas and I swear it was a dad magnet. Of course I was covered, but I have to believe that every dad in that place walked in looking for a place to sit. It was actually quite comical to see all of their reactions.

We spent about 3.5 hours at the museum with a two year old and an 8 week old. Glad we left the stroller at home, keeping the baby in the bjorn. We brought our own food in case we needed some snacks and a change of clothes so we could let the two year old go to town in the water room.