Chicago Children’s Museum – Chicago Children’s Museum is a place where families and caregivers with infants and children are encouraged to create, explore, and discover together through play. The museum features three vibrant floors of exhibits and activities that provide sensory experiences and engaging educational content focusing on literacy, science, math, visual and performing arts, and health.
Kids Space – Children’s museums are a wonderful place to learn, grow, and have fun! We believe in giving our guests hands-on experiences that are relevant and inspiring. Famous statesman, philosopher, and inventor Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” We involve guests in the process of learning.
Kohl Children’s Museum – Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago was founded in 1985 as an extension of the Kohl Teaching Center in Wilmette, one of four such centers in Illinois and Israel conceived by Dolores Kohl in 1972 and supported by the Dolores Kohl Education Foundation. Offering creative methods of enhancing traditional approaches to teaching, Kohl Teaching Centers provided training and educational resources to teachers and helped them incorporate hands-on experiences into their classrooms. Kohl Children’s Museum was founded to continue reaching educators and extend its service to meet the growing needs of families and the community at large through interactive exhibits and hands-on programs.
Marbles Kids Museum – Marbles Kids Museum opened our doors on September 29, 2007 to kids and kids-at-heart! The crowd was wowed when we unveiled our new name and new exhibits after a suspenseful 24-day transformation that followed the merger of Exploris and Playspace. Opening Day was a super sensation. Why Marbles? A wall that wraps around the museum is filled with more than one million marbles that light up at night. And Marbles is a nickname for brains. At Marbles Kids Museum, kids are encouraged to use their marbles – learning new things through imagination, discovery and play.
The New Children’s Museum – The New Children’s Museum is a dynamic new model of a museum that celebrates children and the arts. NCM brings families together in a rich educational environment that fosters creativity— blending elements of art museum, children’s museum, and community center. A non-profit institution funded by admissions, memberships, and community support, the Museum empowers children to think, play and create through participatory exhibitions, engaging art-making activities, captivating artistic performances, and in-depth educational opportunities. Serving all ages, from toddler to teen, NCM inspires new ways to see the world through the language of art.
Association of Children’s Museums – Begun in 1962, the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) is a professional member service organization for the children’s museum field. ACM is the only organization representing museums and professionals dedicated to early childhood play, the starting point in the continuum of lifelong learning.
ACM strengthens children’s museums to be essential community assets by: establishing standards for professional practice; convening InterActivity conferences; collecting research and best practices; and initiating national and international partnerships with opportunities for local collaboration. ACM leadership initiatives include Good to Grow!, Diversity in Action and Playing for Keeps.
ACM partners with a variety of campaigns and organizations including Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens, American Academy of Pediatrics, World Wildlife Federation, Nickelodeon, Parents Choice Foundation, National Association of the Education of Young Children, Association of Science-Technology Centers and American Alliance of Museums.
Advocating that children’s museums — which annually serve more than 31 million visitors — are a major force in the informal learning community is a priority for ACM and its members. The Association promotes the impact children’s museums have in preparing children for school, building 21st century skills and nurturing a love for lifelong learning.