The holiday season is upon us and finding places to keep our families out of the cold and inspire hands on learning can be difficult. The Kohl’s museum of Glenview, IL offers 17 interactive hands on exhibits for children ages 0-8. The museum focuses on the power of play through its current exhibits such as the sensory based exhibit, all about me.
Children can go shopping in their own store at the Dominick’s exhibit. For the little builder of the family take a stop at the exhibit, city on the move, which incorporates science, math and technology all based on the City of Chicago.
One of the most popular exhibits includes the Ravinia festival music makers it allows children to play with music tempos, styles, and sounds. While many of the exhibits at the museum are permanent a few are temporary one great current exhibit is the wonderful wizard of oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz features larger than life pop up books based on the Frank Baum that will stimulate a child’s mind and imagination it is currently open until January 6, 2013.
The museum offers a variety of field trips such as self guided tours, focused tours, and in school museum experiences. Tickets to the museum are $9.50 for adults and children over age 1. Seniors are $8.50 and children under 1 are free.
One of the great concepts about the Kohl’s museum is the exhibits are geared towards all children including those with special needs such as autism. The museum offers a guide developed along with a partnership with, North Shore Pediatric Therapy, to help parents and children map out their visit. Take a drive to Glenview to the Kohl’s museum to check out all of their amazing sensory filled exhibits for kids of all ages!
One concept to talk about after visiting the museum is how building things together as a family can get more done than by being alone. One lesson that can be done after the visit to the museum is described below.
The objective of this lesson is show the importance of family togetherness in order to create a wonderful piece of art.
White Drawing Paper
1. Take the white drawing paper and oil pastels and the child can draw a picture of a family doing a task they can only accomplish together such as blowing leaves, creating a snow man, or a special holiday dinner. The glitter glue and feathers are used as needed to enhance the picture. Have all the family members present in the picture sign it to signify unity.
2. Once the children have drawn the family event start a conversation on why we have family time and why we need one another to complete our tasks
3. Frame the completed picture and use as a keepsake for the family.