I’ve always been intrigued by art, and it’s been such a delight to find that my kids have developed the same fondness. And when I heard that Kohl Children’s Museum was bringing back the Chagall for Kids exhibit, we were beyond excited! The exhibit is such a treat – for both kids and parents.
When: The temporary exhibit, Chagall for Children, is here until September 6, 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, we didn’t have trouble navigating with a stroller.
Food: There is a Cosi Cafe and plenty of tables outside if you want to bring a lunch instead
Crowded: We were here on a Wednesday morning and it wasn’t too crowded
Nursing Friendly: There are little coves where you can nurse (no doors)
What to Expect:
The newest temporary exhibit, Chagall for Childrens, originally developed by Kohl Children’s Museum, inspires kids to learn more about art and the famous artist Chagall with interactive features of his famous works of art.
We kicked off opening day with fun activities to celebrate the Russian artist Marc Chagall. Some ways we celebrated:
- Painting! Armed with paint stick (I really need to get my hand on these), this was a fun non-messy way of getting to paint the cardboard roof and also the clear vinyl house.
- A blue chicken! Pink goat! Pink lamb! The most colorful petting zoo all represented from Chagall’s works of art.
- Kids were encouraged to make their own masterpiece with sidewalk chalk and spray paint chalk. I, myself, couldn’t resist participating!
- Interactive! There are 14 stations and each includes a Chagall masterpiece along with information on the painting or art piece. Kids are then challenged to try an activity related to the masterpiece. If the kiddos weren’t able to read, they could listen to the information on the phone.
- Here are some of our favorites —
The Juggler: My tech-loving kids were immediately drawn to this station because of the touch screen. Their mission? To find elements hidden in the painting.
- Interested in learning more about Chagall? There’s an interestng timeline along with a little reading nook.
- A learning experience…for me! I honestly did not know much about Chagall and I left with a bit more knowledge about the artist.
Tips to enjoy the Kohl Children’s Museum:
- Don’t miss out on exploring the rest of the museum; it’s always so much fun. Believe me, my kids NEVER want to leave.
- While you’re there, don’t forget to sneak a peek at the cutest turtles ever! “Turtle Rock,” features Red-eared slider and Painted turtles. Visit soon! They may leave soon to go back to their home at the Shedd Aquarium.
- Head outside. Habitat Park is such a fun place to run around and get fresh air. Besides a great playground, there were fun ways to playincluding “painting” with water.
What a fun way to get younger kids excited about art! Not only will the kids appreciate the interactive parts of the exhbit, but parents and adults will leave with a little bit more art education.
Did You Know?
- Marc Chagall creations can be seen at a couple locations in Chicago. For instance, the actual stained glass artwork of America Windows, can be seen at The Art Institute of Chicago (and also where Ferris Bueller was smooching in front of) and also the Four Seasons mosaic can be found at the Chase Tower.
- Marc Chagall has been called “the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century.” He often stated that his work was “not the dream of one people but of all humanity.”
- Chagall for Children is a traveling exhibit that is owned by Kohl Children’s Museum and has traveled to dozens of other museums over the past 15 years.
Are your kids ready to get inspired by art and Chagall? In fact, two lucky families will have the opportunity to visit Kohl Children’s Museum and the Chagall for Kids exhibit.