Kohl’s Children’s Museum Visit

A Friday or two ago, the babies and I met my good friend Lisa and her adorable daughters at Glenview’s Kohl Children’s Museum. Did we have a good time? Well, let me just say that despite the fact that Jack got carsick, necessitating a stop at Wal-Mart along the way for a new change of clothes, making us 30 minutes late and making all three of us pretty cranky, we had a WONDERFUL time.

Um. HOLY MOLEY. If you have kids and you haven’t been there yet, please go immediately. It’s kind of expensive (it was $27 for the three of us) but for a special occasion, it was totally worth it — you could go on a day when it was too hot to be outside and spend hours there (if your kids are older than mine — lunch and nap time kind of cuts the day off for us). I had warned Lisa ahead of time that going anywhere with these two was like accompanying a hurricane through a china shop — I’m not sure she and her girls were properly prepared for for the chaos, but they reacted like champs. Her daughters were practically sweating and breathless by the end of the hour — they were tasked with following Emmeline, who pinballed from exhibit to exhibit like she had taken a hit of meth. The kids L-O-V-E-D it. I swear to you, neither of them stopped moving for an entire hour. The museum has the most adorable exhibits — a “Main Street” where you can find a pediatrician’s office, complete with dolls that you can put casts on and listen to their heartbeats; a Dominick’s grocery store, where you can push your cart around to shop:

A library, with the cutest little toddler-sized computers and computer keyboards; a veterinarian with cages, stuffed animals, doctor’s smocks, and “medicine”:

And a Potbelly’s sandwich shop, where kids can go behind the counter, put together sandwiches, and serve them to their customers. SO CUTE. Also: an art room, a music room (where the kids can play different instruments — Jack was in seventh heaven and people were laughing so hard at the way he was dancing to all of the percussion) and a WHOLE ROOM with water features:

These photos all belong to the Children’s Museum’s website — I didn’t bring my camera, because I figured I would have no time to take pictures. And I was right. Jack had me on a merry chase for the entire time we were there. The biggest issue with taking them out in public is that they NEVER want to go in the same direction. EVER. It’s like they purposefully set off in exactly opposite directions. When I was in Arkansas, Mom wanted to show them off to her ex co-workers at the library as well as take them to see her Aunt Katherine, an energetic 90-year old who lives about an hour away from my parents. I warned her, but I knew she had no idea what she was in for when she said she didn’t want to take the stroller inside the library — “They won’t have as good a time if they’re in the stroller,” she said. Sure enough, Jack immediately started pulling giant handfuls of books off the shelf (you know how librarians LOVE that, right?) and Emme started tearing through the rest of the library, running crazily up to people studying quietly and emphatically repeating “HI!” until they grudgingly answered her. Then she would tear off to another table. Mom had the nerve to actually try and talk to some of her co-workers. The whole visit took about 7 minutes and 10 years off of the lives of the staff. Seriously, once you get them strapped back into their car seats, you’re panting and exhausted and thinking, “What just happened?” The visit to Aunt Katherine went much the same — an hour’s drive culminating in about a 10-minute visit during which my children tried to break every delicate item in her house — and believe me, in 90 years, you can accumulate a LOT of breakables.

This visit to the museum was exactly what I had pictured we would be doing this summer, but, of course, that hasn’t really been the case. I can’t take them to places like this alone (see above narration) and I hate to invite people to go along with us because it’s, essentially, inviting them along to baby sit. Talk about the bait and switch! I am so grateful to Lisa because she, Priya, and Tess gave us a lovely afternoon out of the house and introduced us to this wonderful museum. I hope to return with Justin very soon.

 

Shannon - July 29, 2012 - 11:10 pm

This place looks like a ton of fun, seriously! 🙂 What day are we doing the Shedd?!?!?!

Katie - July 30, 2012 - 9:42 am

How did you not know about this place?!

Next, I recommend the Rockford Children’s Museum… but give them a few years, it’s not so little kid friendly as Kohl 🙂

Allison @ Kohl Children's Museum - July 30, 2012 - 9:52 am

Thank you Lara, for blogging about your trip to Kohl Children’s Museum! We love reading about the fun our patrons have in our exhibits. We linked your blog entry to our Tumblr, and we hope to see you and your family again soon!

Janie Hightower - July 30, 2012 - 11:06 am

I loved the Veterinarian’s office! I want to go there next time I visit.

LisaGW - July 30, 2012 - 3:31 pm

We had so much fun! Where to next?

Laura - August 1, 2012 - 4:31 am

Sounds fun and harrowing all at the same time!

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