Kohl Children's Museum
Kohl Children's Museum
4.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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A bright and friendly place for children of all ages, featuring a life-sized train car and a water room.
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2-3 hours
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CarefulCat
2 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Good range of imaginative activities, although some are getting a little tired and could benefit from some maintenance. Staff seemed a little hands-off. There is no customer wi-fi, despite the fact that one is invited to download a museum map from a QR code and to upload images to Instagram!
Written December 8, 2022
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Dr_Xaos
Palatine, IL1,070 contributions
Jan 2020
Wonderful place for younger children (i.e., <7 years old) to play and learn about all sorts of different things. Older siblings and parents will probably enjoy some of the stuff as well, but it's definitely geared for more of a preschool/Kindergarten age. Recently visited with my 5-year-old daughter, who loved spending the majority of four hours exploring all the different sections and activities.

Location is well maintained and kept clean despite the amount of foot traffic. I was also impressed with how well the staff kept up with periodically cleaning up the various play areas. Lots of little kids playing, so it was nice that staff helped put toys away to reduce clutter. Various play areas offer different experiences as well. For example, they have an area where kids play various instruments to learn about music and another area where kids play with water to learn about hydrodynamics. Many of these areas are consistent, but they do have a section in the back that changes every few months. Seasonal variation helps keep it interesting when going back, although my kids love returning to revisit most of the regular play areas.

Prices are reasonable. If you're local or in the area long enough to visit multiple days, they also have a membership option that basically pays for itself after 2-3 visits. Food isn't allowed in the play areas for health and cleanliness reasons, but they do have a little cafe area right off the front entrance. Decent options for fairly reasonable prices if you need to feed little ones while you're there.

Highly recommend to others with littler kids. Offer a forewarning about planning on when you plan to visit, though. Certain days and times can be very busy, and we've tried to visit and ended up having to leave on a couple occasions because the place was at capacity (such as over a winter break).
Written January 18, 2020
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Kelly T
24 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
My 4 year old had a blast! We were there for 3.5 hours and he loved every minute of it. It was very crowded when we first arrived but slowed down around 12 (which is very common). I wish there was more seating for adults but the kids are on the go so much adults don’t get to sit down much anyways.
Written July 13, 2021
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addiecat2015
84 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Such a great place for children to really explore different textures, environments, experiments, etc.... A safe place for them to learn. We loved the car area and the Whole foods store was a big hit. Bring a dry shirt, even with the apron my 18 month old was soaked after playing in the water area.
Written February 5, 2020
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mng1310
Arlington Heights, Illinois30 contributions
I took my 6 year-old and 8 year-old boys during Christmas break (January 4th to be exact). It was super-busy during Christmas break (duh!). The museum opens at 9:30, but we were lazy getting out of bed and didn't get there until around 10:30. The main parking lot was full and we were instructed to park in the parking garage across the street. Not a problem for us, but I could see how this could be a hassle for those with little ones and strollers to cross a busy intersection and walk a couple blocks to the muesum. There seemed to be vacant land next to the museum; perhaps a parking lot expansion would be a nice addition.

In general the Kohl Children's Museum is a very nicely laid out place. Despite the heavy crowds, my kids never had to wait in line for more than a couple of minutes to get their turn at something. The parents were also really good about not letting their child spend tons of time playing with one thing when other kids were waiting. The only exception is the pretend Dominicks's which is the only exhibit that limited the number of kids that could go in at once. They let only a set number (maybe 10-15?) of kids in at a time, keep track of the number of minutes and escort the kids out when their time is up.

The big hits with everyone were definitely the pretend play areas. They have an enclosed Dominicks where your child can play the shopper, baker, cashier or whatever role they want. Another extremely popular exhibit was the pretend PotBelly's, which had really cool fake food. They layout of the store, down to the serving baskets, sandwhich heater, and even fake bread, was exactly like PotBelly's. The kids loved being behind the counter making sandwhiches, filling pretend drinks, and putting fake money in the register.
There was also a Vet Center, where you can put stuffed dogs and cats in cages, look at real X-Rays and even look through a microscope. Car Care was fairly popular (although not as much as the others); the library didn't seem to attract too many people at all. There was also a Doll Daycare, but I have boys so we didn't go there.

The Water Works area was also very popular. It showed how water pressure can be used to power everything from water falls to musical instruments. This is a fairly crowded area, but still enjoyable. Music Makers was fun as long as there were mallots available. Don't miss the dark room in back where you can make music and watch your shadow on a screen.

There are also little art classes and craft and science experiement programs which they announce ahead of time. There are rooms off to the side where this takes place. We didn't do any of these, so I can't comment.
Kohl's also has outdoor exhibits when the weather is nice. We went in the winter, so this was closed.

The website says that kids through age 8 would enjoy it. While my 8 year old didn't hate it, it didn't really hold his interest for more than a few minutes either. I would say that up through age 6 is more accurate, with the "ideal" ages being 3 to 5. We went through most of the main exhibits in 2.5 hours. I would imagine that if you did the outside exhibits and some of the art classes you could stretch this into a 1/2 or 3/4 day affair.

My only criticism is a problem that all children's museums might have -- that is that anything with separate "accessories" (mallots, balls, etc.) seem to go completely missing by noon and you can't really use the exhibit without these pieces.

Tips for those visiting:
- If you have kids who are not in school yet, be sure to visit when school is in session. It will be a lot less crowded!
- Get there early.
- Bring hand sanitizer / wipes! Winter + kids + hands-on exhibits= flu virus heaven.
- The pretzel place attached to the building is not the only place you have to eat. If it's full, or you feel like eating something more than pretzels, go across the street to The Glen Town Center where there are a variety of fast-food and sit down restaurants. PotBelly's is probably a great choice for kids.
Written January 4, 2008
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993alexy
Maryland109 contributions
Oct 2018 • Business
I went with a ticket through the groupon.
I was disappointed because it was too small and lacked content.
I thought that it was not a place to pay for.
Written June 6, 2019
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Sonar77
Inverness, IL7 contributions
Feb 2017 • Family
I took my 3 year old granddaughter to the museum. She, of course, loved the place; however, I was very disappointed. I found it to be dirty and many of the hands on items broken. The stuffed animals which were throughout the museum were filthy. I understand that many children handle them daily, but they can be washed and should be washed regularly. Many broken parts I noticed were an easy fix (tires broken off toy cars). Also I found only 1 hand sanitizer outside of the washrooms and it was empty. At a hands on environment there should be sanitizer stations all over the facility. The entrance fee was not cheap and the cashier failed to give me the $1.00 discount I had coming with my coupon. No big deal money wise just another example of not being professional.
Written February 22, 2017
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dkrejser
Chicago, IL125 contributions
Mar 2011
This is a very cute children's museum. I was somehow disappointed as the rave was made up to be this special unique children museum. It is just like any other children's touch museum we have been to. I think the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia sets ones expectations a little higher than this place.
We spent a few hours there and generally it was like a nice indoor playground.
One nice touch was the chicklets they were hatching and our kids had fun looking at them, but their care for those birds were not overwhelming, and the handling not very professionel. For instance our son noticed that the water in one compartment had tilted over and had become a big mess with the bedding. The birds couldn't get any water. We notified them twice and they didn't do anything about it for over an hour, then we left. Young birds should ALWAYS have clean water.
I think it was ok for an hour or so but my children are probably too old for this place now.
Written January 26, 2012
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CG2727
Northbrook, IL17 contributions
May 2019
Wonderful experience for young children. I have been there a number of times with my oldest grandson. So much to explore it cannot be done in one visit. Now I have two more grandchildren that I will also be taking there.
Written November 6, 2019
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Jan406
Minnetonka, MN39 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
My husband and I brought our 16 month grandson here. It was extremely crowded! Many of the toys and activities seemed tired and worn and I questioned the cleanliness. The highlight for our grandson were the 2 live turtles in a large tank. It seemed more like a big play area with 17 different areas than a museum. He had fun but I think there are better places to spend time in Chicago with a toddler.
Written March 30, 2019
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Kohl Children's Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM