KOHL Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago

I was invited to visit the Kohl Children’s Museum. All opinions in this post are my own.

 

Are We There Yet

Recently my family and I were invited to visit the Kohl Children’s Museum here in the Chicagoland area.Now, we set out to go and spend the day there with our youngest daughter and we didn’t let her know where we were going until we got there.Literally she didn’t know where we were going until she read the museum sign and even then she was still a bit confused.

Imagination Run WILD!

The Kohl Children’s Museum is filled with exploratory, imaginative and stimulating activities for children of multiple ages.My only regret is not bringing along one of my daughter’s friends so she can have someone to join in on all the activities they had there for the kids.

The first place Jala explored in this indoor museum was the Adventures in Art center.

Art in Adventures

Located in the art center was a large variety of art supplies and stations in the center where they can create their very own art masterpiece. Jala made a birthday card to send to her big sister in New York.

 

Our next stop was the SpotHero Car Garage where Jala was able to go through a car wash simulation and play at many other automotive stations.

SpotHero Car Garage

We had only visited two of the centers and we already knew getting her out of this place was going to be a problem.This girl was on 10 and keeping up with her excitement as she was torn between which exhibit to go to next.We visited ever single exhibit in the Kohl Children’s Museum and there were many:

Adventures in Art

All About Me

Baby Nursery

City on the Move

Cooperation Station

Habitat Park

Hands On House

Nature Explorers

Pet Vet

Play Café

Powered by Nature

Ravinia Festival Music Makers

Sheridan’s Books & Crannies

SpotHero Car Garage

Turtle Rock

Water Works

Whole Foods Market

and more…

But I want to share the two places Jala spent most of her time. Like staying long and going back after she visited every exhibit.One of those exhibits was Whole Foods.It was so funny because as she walked pass this pay phone it began to ring and this was her face wondering who was on the other end. LOL

 

Whole Foods

This kid shopped til she dropped!

The second exhibit that we spent the most time in was the Play Cafe…..She was able to pretend she served us lunch at the cafe, clean and work the register.

Play Cafe

 

 

 

If you’re interested in attending the Kohl Children’s Museum it’s located at 2100 Patriot Blvd. Glenview Il., 60026

Although summer is almost over, I think it’s a great place to take the kids before they go back to school to stimulate their minds for the upcoming school year.With exhibits like Sheridan’s Books & Crannies the kids can take a break, sit back and read any of the multiple books they have there.As well as, you can get some ideas on how to create a reading area in your own home before the school year begins.

Sheridan’s Books & Crannies

A couple exhibits that will help encourage your child’s STEM learning this school year is the Science + You Exhibit and the Water Works Exhibit.

Science + You

 

Water Works

If you and your family visit the Kohl Children’s Museum this year or in the future, you will definitely enjoy it and leave a comment below if you have already visited the museum.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Netflix StreamTeam: Pokémon Indigo League

I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and this is my honest opinion. 

So, let me get this straight from the jump. I’m not the video game type of girl. Pokémon Go is something you won’t see me doing unless I’ve been kidnapped. 

With all the Pokémon hype as of late I had to see what Pokémon was all about. I wasn’t sure when the anime cartoon had originally aired and I thought it aired in the 80’s, however it actually aired here in the States in 1998.  

While flipping through Netflix, Pokémon was listed in the trending category. Who knew?*insert sarcasm* Let’s see what this is all about, I thought to myself.  Within the first few minutes of me watching my son hears the television. 

Ma! You watching Pokémon? 

Soon I was joined by my son and daughter….

Fourteen episodes later… I was tempted to download the app. Tempted!

I didn’t succumb to the temptation! 

If you’re anything like me, I  had absolutely no idea what this Pokémon Go craze  was all about and we had never seen any of the Pokémon episodes. So, I suggest if you want to get a better understanding of this craze. Especially, if your kids are crazy. Begin with the Pokémon Indigo League episodes.   The first episode begins with a 10 year old boy named Ash that begins his quest as a Pokémon trainer. I consider Ash the Anime Dora The Explorer. LOL You know these kids are always venturing out with no adult supervision and instead of Swiper, you have the evil villains Jessie & James attempting to steal Ash’s, Pokémons. By the 5th episode if not the 1st you wanna go get some Pokémons yourself. 

Since our Pokémon binge, Jala has completed the first Season and has moved on to the next. Coming from a non-gamer, I can honestly see the fascination of finding these little creatures and the fun in the adventure.  But like I said,  “I’m not succumbing to this Pokémon Go, foolishness.”

But, if, 

I’m viciously kidnapped by my kids,

I might give it a Go 😉

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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May Netflix StreamTeam Movie Picks – Rev Run’s Sunday Supper

In this post I’ll share with you what I enjoyed on Netflix this month. I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team and the opinions are my very own.

Last month we enjoyed Rev Run’s Renovation and that led us to watch Rev Run’s Supper. Of course this was Jala’s suggestion and with Rev Run’s Shows being clean content it was safe for us to watch together.

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect with this show. I wasn’t sure if Run and Justine were going to cook all the meals or have a professional cook come to their home and cook. I just wasn’t sure. Well, I think they added a great dynamic to the show by inviting family and friends over to cook dinner. There aren’t many episodes in this series, but enough to grab some of your favorite ice cream, a blanket and chill on a Friday or Saturday night.

Being one that loves to cook, sometimes I find myself in a cooking funk. Life gets the best of me and my creativity is the first to go. Rev Run’s Sunday Supper motivated me and gave me some inspiration to come up out of my cooking funk. I also, purchased a shoulder roast that they cooked on the show and I’m excited to try and add my spin on it.

What have you watched on Netflix this past month? With the weather getting warmer do you find it harder to wind down and catch a movie at home? Since we spend so much time in the garden this time of year we have to make sure we have a family movie night or a date night to wind down a bit.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Netflix Stream Team April’s Pick- Rev Run’s Renovation

I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team. The opinions in this post are my very own.

This month I watched a wide variety of movies and shows on Netflix.  I started off searching for Apocalyptic movies and began the month with, Left Behind.  After watching, Left Behind I watched a couple episodes of, Revelation Road which is another Apocalyptic style show.  However, so far there are only two episodes on Netflix and I was certainly hoping to see more after watching the first two, but that was all they had on there so far.

*Drum rolllllllllllllll*

This months Stream Team Pick!  Rev Run’s Renovation.  When this was airing on television I’d always miss it.  I did happen to catch a couple episodes, one when they renovated their daughter Mylie’s room and another that I can’t think of at the time.  Rev Run’s Renovation is my pick of the month because this was a binge show for me.  One that I curled up with some Butter Pecan ice cream and let each episode play one after the other.

A few years ago when, Run’s House was on T.V I’d watch episode after episode and repeat.  Loved the show!  I Enjoyed watching their family and any show that I can watch with my kids is a win win.  So, I was happy to find out that they had another show. If you’re anything like me and enjoy home improvement shows, you’d enjoy this.  Run and his wife Justine are in the process of renovating their home, room by room.  Not only do you get a chance to see them handle their disagreements over the different projects, but you also get to see the renovation process.I totally love the fact that they’re not buying a new home, but renovating what they have.  Although I know these project budgets are nothing to sneeze at.

What have you checked out on Netflix this month?  The weather is beginning to warm up in many areas and do you have a different appetite for a different type of movie during warmer months?  I seem to lean more toward renovation and garden renovation type shows in the summer months and romantic, chick flick type of movies during the winter.

 

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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January’s Netflix #StreamTeam Picks – October Baby

I’m writing this post because I’m a member of the Netflix StreamTeam however, the opinions are my very own.

What I watched

This month started off with me watching the movie, October Baby. Years ago I read a book which was similar to this very topic, abortion. Based on your views on the topic of abortion, you may be swayed one way or the other.  This month was also the 43rd Anniversary of Roe vs Wade so, I also thought it was appropriate for the month.

In October Baby a young lady, Hannah sets out to find her biological parents and discovers something that would totally shock you. As I said depending on your views on the topic will also be a deciding factor on if tissue will be needed. No matter what our beliefs are on the subject of abortion what we can all take away from this is how much we can find out about ourselves by being willing to take a journey in our past to benefit our future.

What Jala Watched

My youngest daughter Loves NETFLIX!!!! One of the reasons I enjoy it and feel a bit safe as a parent,  is because of the lack of inappropriate commercials. This month she indulged in the episodes of Alpha and Omega and has said she’s moved on to something else, but she can’t remember what that something else is…stay tuned.

Watching

Hubby and I just began the series, Secrets of the Bible.  The first episode was on finding the Ark of The Covenant.  With some things shared on the Ark, I’ve had to revisit the scripture, do an in depth study and I’m going to re-watch the episode again.  There was so much to digest in the research shared on finding the Ark  of the Covenant that I know reading the scriptures and watching again would help me gain more clarity. I can be a bit of a skeptic lol.

So, that’s just a little of what we’ve been watching this month on Netflix.  What have you been watching this month on Netflix?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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