Kohl Children’s Museum’s Pop-Up Museum [Waukegan]

Looking for somewhere different to go? For the month of February, Kohl Children’s Museum is hosting a pop-up museum in Waukegan. And it’s FREE!  It’s conveniently located just kitty corner from the Waukegan library in Urban Edge—an art gallery in downtown Waukegan. The pop-up museum includes an art studio, various STEM-based play (including Air-Mazing and Imagination Playground), and the Chagall for Children exhibit.

The museum is great for all ages. There is plenty for little ones to do, including building with large Imagination Playground blocks, creating a picture on a large felt board, using the puppet theater, and painting. But there’s lots to do with older children as well. There are various tasks involving STEM, such as building an object that will float in a wind tube and exploring with a Bernoulli blower.

In addition, there is an impressive interactive Chagall exhibit. The space features fourteen of Chagall’s works. For each work, there is a coordinating hands-on activity, as well as a phone with information recorded about the painting. The activities touch on various disciplines. For instance, one activity allows patrons to create a stained glass work of art by manipulating stained glass tiles in various configurations. Another allows patrons to create a piece of music by pressing different buttons.

Because the space is very open—it is quite conducive for watching multiple kids play in different sections simultaneously.

Before you leave, check out all of the fun do-at-home activity sheets they have to offer.

Now the logistics. There are bathrooms in the facility as well as a coat rack in the back of the museum.  Note: there is not food or drink for sale.

On the streets surrounding Urban Edge you will find street parking; remember to bring coins. The cost for street parking is $.25 per half hour. Meters take quarters, dimes, and nickels. Note: maximum time meters allow is two hours. Another option is the parking garage located behind the museum at 225 N. County Street. Parking is $1/hour.

The pop-up museum hours  are as follows:
Saturdays and Sundays through February 25: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday February 15 and 22: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday February 17: 12:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. (during ArtWauk) and open for an adults only reception from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Visit our Facebook page to see the LIVE tour Melissa did with the museum or watch a quick tour below:

Kohl Children’s Museum Waukegan Pop-Up Museum
Urban Edge, 220 W. Clayton St., Waukegan

What did your kids enjoy doing at the pop-up museum?


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Natalie is the mom of two humans and one nonhuman. She is the author of more than forty books and resources for kids, was a teacher and a museum educator, and will always be a Lake County native. Natalie enjoys insects, sled dog racing (observing!), crafting/experimenting with her kids, and forming a world safe from peanuts. Find out more about her and her books at www.natalierompella.com.

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