Museum welcomes families back to a new, safe learning experience
Kohl Children’s Museum has announced it will re-open its full exhibit environment to guests beginning June 2. This marks the first time the exhibits will be accessible to the public since the Museum closed for the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
“We have all greatly missed the sounds of children playing, laughing, and learning in our exhibits,” said Mike Delfini, President & CEO of the Museum. “Providing a safe place to explore has always been our #1 goal. We have worked closely with health officials and Village of Glenview representatives over the past year to ensure that we are meeting the highest standards of safety.”
Guests will see some changes to their visit to reflect processes put into place:
- Limited Crowd Capacity: Advance reservations are now required to ensure the Museum remains at no more than 25% of floor capacity.
- Face Coverings: Masks that cover the nose and mouth are required for participation in any Museum programming for all guests age 2 or older.
- Robust Cleaning Schedule: The Museum’s Super Scrub Squad will rotate through the Museum, closing individual exhibits briefly for sanitizing and disinfecting throughout the day.
In addition to high touch sanitation, the entire facility will undergo a deep clean every evening with all loose elements removed for washing and all surfaces electrostatically sprayed and wiped down. The Museum’s advanced HVAC system has also been set to ventilate at 100% fresh air circulation.
The Museum will also debut a new permanent exhibit that was developed during the pandemic closure. Build It, generously underwritten by the Pepper Family Foundation, allows children to explore construction and engineering concepts through building with various shapes and sizes of building blocks. These include large blue foam Imagination Playground shapes, Duplo blocks on both horizontal and vertical surfaces, and Magna-tile translucent colored blocks on light tables.
From June 2 to August 29, the Museum will also offer SummerBurst, our newest outdoor seasonal event with 5 STEAM-focused activity stations around the Museum campus, including a butterfly tent, insect scavenger hunt, trike track, outdoor art studio, and an augmented reality math trail.
“SummerBurst offers museumgoers the best of both worlds,” said Delfini. “We recognize that, even with expanded vaccination availability, many families with young children may not yet be comfortable visiting indoor establishments. By taking our brand of learning through play outdoors, we can offer an even safer environment, while also providing fresh, fun and educational content for visitors.”
Indoor Museum admission tickets are $15 for adults and children, and $14 for seniors. Infants under 12 months of age are free, as well as Museum members.
SummerBurst tickets for the general public are $15 for adults and children. Members receive deep discounts on tickets at $10 each for children and $5 for adults.
Memberships are also now available for purchase beginning at $165, and provide one year of free admission to the Museum exhibits. All Museum memberships that were active as of March 14, 2020 when the Museum closed have had their expiration dates extended 15 months.
About Kohl Children’s Museum
In recognition for its outstanding exhibits and impact on Chicagoland families, Kohl Children’s Museum was featured last year in USA Today’s 10 Best Children’s Museums in North America competition. The Museum’s mission is to encourage young children ages birth to 8 to become effective learners through play. Its 17 exhibits and educational programs are grounded in early childhood research, and designed to nurture holistic child development, including cognitive, social, emotional, creative, and physical skills.
Kohl Children’s Museum is located at 2100 Patriot Blvd. in Glenview. For more information, visit the Museum’s website at kcmgc.org or call (847) 832-6600.