With so much emphasis on screen time and structured play, it can be a challenge to get kids to explore nature. The value of unstructured, nature-based play is priceless, as you will see when your family checkouts out the new Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond exhibit at the Kohl Children’s Museum.
My family and I received complimentary admission to the Kohl Children’s Museum. All opinions are my own.
As I have shared before, I loved exploring the Kohl Children’s Museum as a kid and I am thrilled that my kids enjoy it just as much as I did. From the water room to the grocery store, there are fun and engaging activities for kids of all ages.
But did you know that in addition to their learning staples, the Kohl Children’s Museum hosts a new rotating exhibit multiple times a year?
My family and I were invited to preview the Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond exhibit and my boys were STOKED to be the first kids to put on the costumes, test out the slide, and meet the team behind Nature Cat and WTTW.
The main goal of the Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond exhibit is to encourage kids to learn about nature in a fun and “hands on” way. It is a first-of-its-kind exhibit featuring Nature Cat, the popular WTTW show that promotes nature-based exploration and learning.
Kids aged 2-10 can transform into Nature Cat, Outdoor Explorer Extraordinaire by donning a Nature Cat costume and exploring the natural world through multiple play stations:
*Active kids will work up a sweat going up and down Ronald’s “Water Slide.”
*Creative storytellers can make forest animals come alive during a puppet show on a hollowed-out log.
*Kids can work on their “green thumb” by helping Daisy grow her container garden.
*Budding trail blazers can squish their way through a smelly marsh.
*Curious kids can explore the cave, learning about bioluminescence and other secret cave treasures.
*Families can talk about weather safety and the water cycle in mini-house set up in the “backyard.”
Plan to spend about 30 minutes in the Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond exhibit and then be sure to visit all the other interactive areas of the Kohl Children’s museum. Just be sure to read my tips first to make the most out of your visit.
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