Kohl Children’s Museum makes plans for big expansion

Exciting changes are coming to your favorite children’s museum in Glenview. 

Kohl Children’s Museum recently announced a building project to increase the facility’s footprint by almost 30 percent. This expansion will include two new exhibit areas, more outdoor play space, expanded parking and enhanced additions to community learning. All part of a fundraising campaign called Play It Forward, museum officials hope to raise $15 million toward the building project. Museum guests will experience the following elements: 


Children can explore their creativity while connecting to nature with this indoor and outdoor space. By connecting the museum’s two wings, the Imaginarium will provide special programming and events. Habitat Park will also expand by 3,000 square feet with more play areas and outdoor art. 

Tech Play Lab

STEM education is still on the rise! This learning lab will introduce all forms of technology to students from the basics of coding to green screen animation and robotic exploration. 

The Gateway to Learning

Attendees will experience Kohl’s hands-on learning environment as soon as they walk up to the museum. Their welcome area will transform into an interactive space including ticketing desks, lockers, dining tables, and a flexible performance space for children’s theater performances and workshops. 

The Play It Foward campaign will also provide additional learning access to under-resourced communities in Lake County. Kohl Children’s Museum debuted a pop-up museum program in Waukegan earlier this year and hope to launch more pop-ups in the future.  

With $7 million already secured in the campaign, the museum plans to open the new areas in August 2020.

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