Kohl Children’s Museum-it’s the little things.

Hola! How was everyone’s weekend? Chicago is bracing for some arctic temps in the next week or so and now the dreaded question comes: “what am I gonna do with this toddler?”

It was easier as a little baby to keep her home because she was so easily entertained then, but now that she is almost 2 and a half years old, she knows there is a whole world out there and the thought of staying in just does not cut it anymore.

So we hopped in the car and  we headed to Kohl Children’s Museum in the ‘burbs. I heard a lot about this place so I figured since it was going to be pretty cold this weekend, this was the perfect place to take her!

There was quite a lot of things to do such as a “nursery” where you can pretend to be a baby doctor, a pretend Whole Foods Grocery store, self face painting and so much more. It is a great place for early childhood education for sure.




To be honest, when I woke up Saturday morning, all I wanted to do was lounge around all day in my pjs and for my kiddo to do the same. When it gets cold outside I become a bear and just want to hibernate. I had to force myself out of the house and I was so glad I did.

I got to spend quality time with my kiddo and I really want to make sure we do so because I work during the week. It was much easier in the Summer to just put her in the stroller and walk down the street to our neighborhood playground.

Now with Winter, we have to get more creative with our outings. I am learning quickly that it’s not the amount of toys kids have, it’s the amount of quality time you spend with your kids and creating memories for them. I much rather spend the money taking her to a children’s museum or an indoor waterpark than a bunch of toys that she will eventually get bored with quickly.

Also, living in a condo, there is already an abundance of toys and we can only fit so much. Not to mention she has gotten pretty extravagant toys over the years such as a kid size kitchen set, a Radio Flyer Wagon, a pink castle tent, a real wooden dollhouse, and a water table station. And she is not even 3 yet!

And Chicago is the perfect place to create these experiences for her. I took her to the Lincoln Park zoo back in August and she is STILL talking about it! I couldn’t believe it myself.

Have a great week! xo





  1. This sounds like such a fun place to bring the kids during the cold winder days. I’ve taken the kids to the one in Navy Pier, but not one in the burbs. I agree, they need more activities and stimulation as they get older and you definitely have to get creative!

    • Chi City Mom says:

      I would LOVE to take her to the one at Navy Pier. I just didn’t want to go through the hassle of parking or taking public transit with a kiddo in such cold weather, I’m a wuss I know. This one was a good half hour drive from the city but there was an abundance of free parking and pretty easy to get to! I want to try to aim for Winter Wonderland at Navy Pier though!