Kohl Children's Museum

Kohl Children’s Museum nurtures a love of learning in young children. Located in Glenview, IL. We offer 17 interactive, hands-on exhibits for children ages birth to eight. Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago is dedicated to a culture of inclusion that inspires children to value themselves and the unique qualities in each other through the provision of environments and experiences that foster cooperative play, inquiry and self-discovery. The Museum draws upon the strength of its broad service area to achieve institution-wide diversity in all programs, activities and operations.

Recent studies show that “early mathematics knowledge and skills are the most important predictors not only for later math achievement but also for achievement in other content areas and grade retention.”  The results of these studies suggest that focusing specifically on number sense and counting could greatly affect later achievement.  

From early in life, many children learn to rote count, saying the number words in the correct order. This is an accomplishment that should be celebrated, but it is not sufficient for later math achievement.

Children need extensive experience counting objects and comparing sets of objects to fully understand the concept of number and how that concept can be used to solve problems. Schools and daycare centers may use manipulatives, typically items purchased at school supply companies. However, math manipulatives are all around! There is no need to purchase expensive items to help your child develop foundational math skills.

At Kohl Children’s Museum, we partner with a great team of early childhood researchers, professional development providers and teachers at Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative.  One of the methods they promote is Mathematizing Daily Experiences. Simply put, mathematizing is using everyday activities and items to talk about math with young children. By doing so, everyday objects and routine activities become rich opportunities for math talk and problem solving. Here are a few examples to get you started:

1)      Children can sort and count their toys when cleaning up. Ask your child to put all the stuffed animals in one container and all the blocks in another; this encourages sorting sets of objects. Ask if there are more teddy bears or blocks – Now you are comparing sets based on the attribute of number.  Sorting and counting (and thus seeing the world through a math lens) can be done when putting dishes away or folding laundry. It also gives you and your child something interesting to talk about while doing mundane daily chores.  

2)      Count each stair as you walk up and down.  This helps your child attach number words to an action.  Ending the counting when you get to the final step and saying, “ten steps in all”, helps your child understand cardinal numbers, or the numbers used to describe the size of a set.  In this example, 10 is the size of the set of stairs.

3)      A process called “counting on” prepares children for higher math functions.  For example, walk up and count the first 4 stairs, stopping on stair 4.  When you continue walking up, start with 5, not back at 1. Starting with 5 and continuing to the top stair, 10, helps your child understand that the set of stairs can be broken down into two smaller sets, one set that includes stairs 1 – 4 and another set that includes stairs 5 – 10.  Helping your child see that the larger set of 10 can be separated in two smaller sets is critical to later success in addition, subtraction, and multiplication.

4)      In this short video clip, Angela Giglio Andrews, recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, describes a scene where a mother uses french fries to engage in math-talk with her young child. 

Math experiences can and should be relaxed and fun! We can mathematize many of the experience young children have during the day. What interesting ways can you think of to incorporate math into your child’s daily routines? 

During this holiday season, adults carefully choose toys to give to children only to notice the children spending as much if not more time playing with the box the toy came in. To those who work with young children, this comes as no surprise. Open ended, real life objects, like boxes, are low-cost sources of endless creativity and enjoyment. The cardboard box is even in the National Toy Hall of Fame (http://www.toyhalloffame.org/toys/cardboard-box)!

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In November, the Kohl Children’s Museum staff brought in a wide range of boxes from home, put them in the Adventures in Art studio, added some simple art supplies and let the children create and recreate a cityscape. The activity was loosely tied to the children’s book Abuela by Arthur Dorros, one of the books featured in our visiting exhibit Storyland, but children were encouraged to create and add whatever they wanted to our rapidly growing city.

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The children worked individually and collaboratively to create detailed buildings, planes and cars, gardens, replicas of the museum and so much more. 

Each building was unique and represented the experiences of the child who created it. We had a room filled with boxes, and none of them looked the same. 

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Whether you end up with a collection of small boxes or just one large box at the end of the holiday season, we highly recommend saving them and letting your children get creative. Don’t take our word for it, check out these award winning short films featuring cardboard boxes:

The Adventures of a Cardboard Box by Studiocanoe

http://vimeo.com/25239728

Caine’s Arcade by Nirvan Mullick

http://vimeo.com/40000072

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Thursday, Jun 06, 2013


5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.





Kohl Children’s Museum is opening its door to GROWN UPS ONLY!
Be a part of our first ever Grown Up Play Date and purchase your tickets today.
$25/person advance ticket or $40/person at door*For Children 21+All tickets include complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Bravo! Cucina Italiana, one free bar beverage, and exploration in all Museum exhibits, including entry into our photo contest!

Bring friends and meet new ones as you release your inner child by exploring interactive exhibits and enjoy beer, wine, sangria and small eats.
Seize the play - buying tickets now will make the museum’s day!
Have you bought your tickets yet?
Thursday, Jun 06, 2013
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Kohl Children’s Museum is opening its door to GROWN UPS ONLY!

Be a part of our first ever Grown Up Play Date and purchase your tickets today.

$25/person advance ticket or $40/person at door
*For Children 21+
All tickets include complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Bravo! Cucina Italiana, one free bar beverage, and exploration in all Museum exhibits, including entry into our photo contest!

Bring friends and meet new ones as you release your inner child by exploring interactive exhibits and enjoy beer, wine, sangria and small eats.

Seize the play - buying tickets now will make the museum’s day!

Have you stopped by to visit our baby chicks yet? 

Young “peep-le” looking to get a first crack at Spring will delight as the annual “eggs-hibit” Eggs to Chicks returns for its 11th year to Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago.
Featuring a special child-height egg incubator, hatchery unit and a pen for newborn chicks, Eggs to Chicks provides a memorable educational opportunity for children. With more than 100 eggs being hatched at the Museum, the delivery and incubation times of the eggs ensure there will always be new chicks hatching any given week for the duration of the exhibit. As the chicks grow, they are delivered to farms in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana to be used for egg production and species repopulation.
The exhibit will feature the rare Black Java and White Java strains of chicken, which were an endangered species less than a decade ago.

 
 

Have you stopped by to visit our baby chicks yet? 

Young “peep-le” looking to get a first crack at Spring will delight as the annual “eggs-hibit” Eggs to Chicks returns for its 11th year to Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago.

Featuring a special child-height egg incubator, hatchery unit and a pen for newborn chicks, Eggs to Chicks provides a memorable educational opportunity for children. With more than 100 eggs being hatched at the Museum, the delivery and incubation times of the eggs ensure there will always be new chicks hatching any given week for the duration of the exhibit. As the chicks grow, they are delivered to farms in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana to be used for egg production and species repopulation.

The exhibit will feature the rare Black Java and White Java strains of chicken, which were an endangered species less than a decade ago.

 

 

Radio Disney an Evening of Oz at Kohl Children’s Museum!
Friday, March 01, 2013
6 - 8 p.m.

Celebrate a special Evening of Oz with Kohl Children’s Museum and the Radio Disney Road Crew on Friday, March 1 from 6 - 8 p.m.! Disney’s film Oz the Great and Powerful opens in theaters March 8, so before you go see it, explore how the story started with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz exhibit, held over at the Museum through April 15.

Tickets are $12/member, $18/non-member

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Please note: Oz the Great and Powerful has been rated PG for parental guidance. Some material may not be suitable for younger children.

  • Enter to win tickets for special sneak previews Tuesday March 5 for the new Disney film Oz the Great and Powerful, opening wide March 8 (rated PG)
  • Dress up as your favorite Oz character (costumes encouraged but not required).
  • All exhibits open, including The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, exploring L. Frank Baum’s classic tale!
  • Flex your creative muscle in an Emerald City Landscape art project.
  • Contests, dancing and fun provided by the Radio Disney Road Crew from 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Light dinner with kid-friendly (and Oz-themed!) options included.

The Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew will be on-site with prizes and interactive entertainment for the whole family. For more information about Radio Disney, part of the #1 radio network for kids, tweens and families, log onto www.radiodisney.com.

Did you know Kohl Children’s Museum is on Pinterest?!

Check out museum exhibit photos, cool at home activities, ideas for birthday parties and much more!

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Kohl Children’s Museum Moment of Cute: Sarah, one of our Senior Exhibit Guides recently went to Japan and brought back a Wizard of Oz book in Japanese. She’s had fun showing curious children the similarities and differences between different tales of this great classic.
The Wonderful World of Wizard of Oz exhibit is on display until April 15th, we hope to see you soon!
More information:
http://www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org/exhibits/temporary/wonderful-wizard-of-oz

Kohl Children’s Museum Moment of Cute: Sarah, one of our Senior Exhibit Guides recently went to Japan and brought back a Wizard of Oz book in Japanese. She’s had fun showing curious children the similarities and differences between different tales of this great classic.

The Wonderful World of Wizard of Oz exhibit is on display until April 15th, we hope to see you soon!

More information:

http://www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org/exhibits/temporary/wonderful-wizard-of-oz

Winter Wonderland Family Event, Join us Friday, Jan 18, 2013!
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

All aboard for polar express fun! For one night only, Kohl Children’s Museum is offering kiddie train rides through the spectacular holiday lights of our outdoor Habitat Park exhibit!

Don’t miss this evening of winter activities, including

  • “Freeze” dancing sessions
  • Cool take-home art projects
  • Rides through the holiday lights in Habitat Park aboard our polar express kiddie train
  • Breezing through our 17 exhibits, all open for exploration
  • Warming up with some tasty treats 
    (included with ticket price)

Holiday lights sponsored by: BMO Harris Bank
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Have you seen our holiday lights sponsored by BMO Harris Bank yet?

Monday, Dec 03, 2012
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Join us for the official lighting ceremony as we observe special extended hours on Monday, December 3, until 5:00 p.m. with no field trips and light crowds. We’ll have prizes and giveaways, special activities, and a very special guest to flip the switch and light up the park at 4:30 p.m.! Holiday Lights sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.