I Scream for Ice Cream at Kohl’s Children Museum!

| September 7, 2009 | 0 Comments

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No doubt you and your favorite little one have already been to Kohl’s Children’s Museum in Glenview. You’ve probably sat through a tea party in the ‘nursery,’ been soaked by the Water Works or joined the construction crew at the Hands on House. However, our experience last week consisted of some new exhibits that are definitely worth checking out (especially now that the summer crowds have thinned out): The Watch Us Grow Monarch Butterflies (through October 19), their Daily Discovery: Ice Cream Science (through September 13; Sunday 12-4, Monday 10-12 and Tuesday through Saturday 10-12 and 1-4) and Habitat Park.

As you enter Kohl’s, just past the main counter, is a big glass case filled with butterflies, in various stages of development. The display shows the Monarch butterfly (which is the Illinois state insect; I had no idea!) in its egg form, as caterpillars, in their cocoons [which is actually called chrysalis when referring to butterflies] and as the orange and brown Monarch butterflies we know so well. Kidlet and I were impressed by the life-size (or larger than life-size) models and had fun guessing which were the real ones. Sadly we were not there in time to harvest the eggs from the Butterfly Garden, but we’re going to try to catch it in the future. We’ve raised some butterflies at home recently so Kidlet was especially happy to be able to explain to me the process, which mostly consisted of a lot of hands on her hips and directing me to raise my hand before I answered “caterpillar.”

After loving the butterflies, we wandered into the Adventures in Art Room and much to our great happiness, discovered the Daily Discovery: Ice Cream Science exhibit! Talk about great luck! We were instructed to sit at the table and open up a baggie. Inside, we dropped two packets of sugar (I wondered briefly if they had purloined them from an unsuspecting diner), 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/4 cup of milk and sealed up the bag. We were both wondering how this would become ice cream without the benefit of an ice cream machine or at least liquid nitrogen a la Top Chef, but we were soon shown the way. We placed the bag into a plastic contained filled with ice and rock salt, and shook the container for 5 minutes. (Actually I shook while Kidlet danced around.) We opened up the bag and SURE ENOUGH it was ice cream! I was hugely impressed that it had frozen but was dubious of the flavor until I tried it. It was WONDERFUL; creamy and smooth and ice cold. I only managed to get two spoonfuls before it was snatched back from my hands, but wow was that some great ice cream!

We then met up with some friends and checked out the newly-reopened Habitat Park, which we have never been to in all the times we’ve been to Kohl’s. We joined in a kick croquet game at the Demonstration Area, where the kids used their feet and a giant stuffed ball instead of mallets to get the ball through the wickets. After the game, we did some exploring around the Habitat. There was some climbing to be had at the giant spiderweb and on the animal rock sculptures, and some exploring through the tunnel. At the Sensory Garden, the children used paint brushes and water to ‘paint’ some rock walls. The afternoon ended when the kids took time from their busy schedule to go back for seconds at the Ice Cream exhibit because you can never have too many bags of homemade ice cream, I say!

Kohl’s Children’s Museum will be closed the week of September 14, but will be reopened with a new restaurant, Cosi.

Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago
2100 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL 60026

Kohl’s Hours:
Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. June – August
Tuesday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m.
Members Only: 9 – 9:30 a.m. (Monday-Saturday)

Admission
Members: Free
Children Under 1: Free
Adults and Children: $7.50
Grandparents and Seniors (55 and older): $6.50

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Cindy La Greca is a part-time children’s librarian and full-time mom. She writes to you from the Chicago’s northwest side.

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