One of the best-kept secrets of summer can be found directly
outside of the Kohl Children's Museum. Habitat Park is a
two-acre outdoor park where nature discoveries abound.
Included with admission to the museum is access to the
great outdoor adventure where kids are encouraged to explore
everything from a sensory garden to an interactive sculpture trail
to prairie grass mazes.
"Literally think outside the box of the museum and get
outdoors," says Dave Judy, director of marketing at
There are 10 interactive sculptures throughout Habitat Park, made of bronze, wood, limestone,
steel and marble. Many of them tell stories about the history of
Every detail of Habitat Park encourages kids to explore
and learn about the wonders of nature.
All the climbing structures are built to mimic how animals
move through trees and their local environments, Judy says. The
imagination hut allows kids to use natural materials to
create a place of their own. The slate water wall changes colors as
painted and the stonescapes heat up differently according to the
The park allows visitors to use all of their senses, from
observing the wind turbine and solar panels to finding your way
through the prairie grass maze to rolling up and down the gentle
"While many people view the museum as a great rainy day
activity, in reality, there is so much to offer on beautiful
days," says Judy. "Less traffic, no waits and the
ability to combine inside and outside adventures make it the ideal
time of year to visit."
Habitat Park is a permanent exhibit, but
weather-dependent. For safety reasons, all or part of the exhibit
closes when the heat index is above 90 degrees, when the wind chill
is below 20 degrees, or when ground conditions are too
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