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Kohl Children’s Museum to host pop-up site Feb. 3

GLENVIEW – Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago plans to host a monthlong pop-up satellite museum at Urban Edge, a 5,000-square-foot storefront gallery in downtown Waukegan.

The pop-up museum will operate during February and will be free of charge to school and child care groups during weekday hours and to families during evening and weekend hours.

Opening day ceremonies, which will include remarks from museum and city of Waukegan leadership, will take place at noon Feb. 3.

The pop-up museum will include hands-on STEAM activities for children ages 3 to 8 and their families.

Kohl Children’s Museum in Waukegan will be open about 20 hours each week this month, including free hours from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 15 and 22.

Free admission and free field trips are made possible through donations from the Gorter Family Foundation and the Golder Family Foundation.

Kohl Children’s Museum’s popular traveling exhibit, “Chagall for Children” and a related art studio for creative exploration will occupy half of the Urban Edge space. “Chagall for Children” features 14 of Chagall’s works, each with an accompanying hands-on activity in a variety of media that encourage visitors to explore and work with specific art principles, such as color, composition, light and texture. 

The remainder of the space will focus on open-ended experimentation with science, design, and construction. Large wind tubes, an air maze, and a Bernoulli blower will encourage children to explore airflow, drag, symmetry and gravity. Imagination Playground blocks will offer a wealth of fun collaborative learning opportunities.

The pop-up museum also will feature a full-stocked art studio to promote creativity and dynamic play. 

“Outreach to underserved children in Lake County has long been a priority for Kohl Children’s Museum,” Museum President and CEO Sheridan Turner said in a news release. “In order to serve children in the Waukegan district, the museum has deepened its ties with North Chicago Community Partners and the city of Waukegan, providing exemplary educational outreach experiences to thousands of children, including through field trips, access to traveling exhibits, and programming at schools and libraries. With their assistance, we have been able to make this pop-up museum concept a reality that we plan to replicate later in 2018 at other venues in the Chicago area.”

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