Kohl Childrens Museum Build It

Disclosure: Our family was provided complimentary admission to the Kohl Children’s Museum. I  was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.

During the winter, we love going to the children’s museums so the kids can let out some pent up energy. We were happy to hear that the Kohl Children’s Museum had a new exhibit called Build It! With two boys ages 4 and 3 that love to build things, this was just right up their alley.

Nitty Gritty:

Build It! Exhibit at the Kohl Children’s Museum
Website: http://www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org/visit
When: The temporary exhibit is here until May 3, 2015 
Prices: Exhibit is included in the entrance fee. Admission costs $11 for adults and kids; under 1 are free. 
Location: 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL in the Glen
Parking: There is a free parking lot. 
Stroller-friendly? On weekends, I always feel better leaving the stroller at home. On our latest visit on a Monday morning, we didn’t have trouble navigating with a stroller. 
Food: There is a Cosi Cafe
Crowded: We were here on a Monday morning and it wasn’t crowded at all
Nursing Friendly: There are little coves where you can nurse (no doors)

What to Expect:

  • Towards the back of the museum is a huge room divided into various stations with different kinds of blocks – large foam blocks, classic Duplo plastic blocks, wooden blocks, and more! 


  • Their absolute favorite part of the exhibit – the Cast Shadows section. When you add dinosaurs in the mix, my two boys are as happy as can be. Add in animals and a chalk table, and I’ve got happy campers that never want to leave.
Kohl Children's Museum - Build It! - CastShadows
Kohl Children's Museum - Build It! - CastShadows2
  • Since there are 7 discrete stages of block play that children progress through as they age, it was informative to see what stage the station focused on. 

Kohl Childrens Museum Stages

  • Construct famous Chicago skyscraper like the Sears Tower, err I mean Willis Tower.
Kohl Children's Museum - Build It! - Willis Tower 
  • Vertical Spinner: Build up AND out at this spinning activity station that allows you to construct sideways from a vertical base.
  • Who doesn’t like playing with larger-than-me block? These were soft so I didn’t have to worry about my sons getting hurt.
Kohl Children's Museum - Build It! - Imagination-Playground
  • Tons of building opportunities
Kohl Children's Museum - Build It! - Roman-Arch

Tips to enjoy the Kohl Children’s Museum

  • Plan ahead and check their hours. As stated on their website, visits on a Monday are less crowded although the museum closes at noon (except from June – August)

Bottom Line:

 For anyone that has kids that love to build – and who doesn’t? – don’t miss out on seeing the Build It! exhibit.