Like amateur magicians, children's toys are full of old gimmicks and appear to wince when sawn in half. Let kids gleefully bring playthings to life with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get admission for two to Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview (up to a $19 value). Children younger than the age of 1 are granted free admission.
Inspired by the goals of the Illinois State Learning Standards, Kohl Children’s Museum bills a battalion of 16 permanent exhibits that interactively teach kids up to age 8 about topics such as art, nature, and the busy world around them. At the Pet Vet, young ones play pretend veterinarian, using problem-solving skills to diagnose sick stuffed animals and learn which foods will permanently turn a teddy bear into a pink dinosaur. Aspiring soundsmiths can head over to Music Makers to test a cacophonous cornucopia of instruments while learning the basics of rhythm and tonality. Kohl also houses temporary exhibits, which currently range from Science + You's pint-sized laboratory to Sound Sensations, an exhibit that lets wee ones conduct an invisible orchestra, providing a medium for pint-sized magnum opuses.
Kohl Children's Museum
With more than 23,000 square feet of public space, Kohl Children's Museum gives its young visitors plenty of rooms in which to play. The kid-focused facility houses 16 permanent exhibits for infants and children up to 8 years of age, each filled with hands-on activities designed to encourage learning and exploration.
City on the Move helps children learn about Chicago by challenging them to build city scenes from geometric shapes or crank an electricity-generating wheel to power a pretend John Hancock Center. Kids can disappear into camouflage in Nature Explorers, move musical notes to create melodies in Ravinia Festival Music Makers, or explore the rotating temporary exhibits.