CHILDRENS MUSEUM IN OAK LAWN

Rating: 5 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: 5100 Museum Drive Oak Lawn IL 60453 USA

Mission: The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn's mission is to empower and engage children, and those who love and care for them, in the joy of learning. As they EXPLORE their world with changing, hands-on exhibits and activities, they will SOAR with their newfound knowledge.
Results: In 2011, we installed three new exhibits focused on public safety: a police car, and ambulance, and a fire truck.
Geographic areas served: Chicago area and beyond!

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

As an educator in Oak Lawn, I feel that the Children’s Museum has greatly enhanced our community's emphasis on learning and exploration. The environment at the museum is very welcoming and engaging. I highly recommend a visit!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...the committment of the entire community to this worthwile endeavor.

Ways to make it better...

...I really can't think of anything to add here!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

The Oak Lawn Children's Museum is one of the best things that have happen to us with respect to student learning. Child centered activities, and play based learning can give children the basics they need to be successful in school. By focusing on what is learned in the classroom and applying it to real life situations can help a child better understand the world around them. It is no doubt, that I have to congratulate the administration, staff, and volunteers of the Oak Lawn Children's Museum who help make this connection daily. Its a wonderful thing to watch a child grow and develop.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the level of dedication the administration, staff, and volunteers have in making the Children's Museum successful. It brought members of the community together to focus on the needs of the children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

courteous, respectful, and involved with the needs of every child they came in contact with. They were very helpful to parents, grandparents and to myself. They were knowledgeable and were willing to help in every way. I am grateful for what they do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to increase the number of play based games and learning centers for children. They could also provide parenting classes for new mothers and fathers, and possibly offer English language learning for our non-speaking children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Kids of all ages will enjoy all there is to do at this wonderful museum. In the short time that the new museum has been opened, it's become the most talked about resource for families in town. In a world where kids tend to plug in and disconnect, the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn draws them together to explore and learn. It's no wonder that kids come from all over for great adventures at the Museum every day. From the open feel to the caring and interested volunteers and staff, the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn will wow you. I'm thrilled that they've been able to add new exhibits as recently as this month in a down economy. Honestly, there is no more fun that a family with young children could have than a visit to latest gem in Oak Lawn.... our Children's Museum!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the families explore the Museum together. There is an energy that happens that can't be expressed with words. Parents enjoy the experience as much as their children do. It's a very happy place to be.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I am at the Children's Museum at least once a week and as many as 3 days a week with my grandchildren. The 2 year old gets to go more because the 6 year old is in school. The volunteers and personnel there are really helpful and fantastic .As many times as I have been there, I have to bribe the little one out of there to go home no matter how long we stay.It is a teaching and learning experience for all the children there who learn how to share and interact with children of all ages.The exhibits are educational as well as a play time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

going there very frequently, have had a birthday party there and have had several of my friends become members by bringing them there to see how wonderful it is.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Were very helpful and kind and work well with children of all ages.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

it could buy more equipment , hire more help and keep the museum running for all children to enjoy for many years.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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9 people found this review helpful

My kids thoroughly enjoy all of the activities that the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn has to offer. They spend hours there; my little one knows where everything goes. She often will find things that go in the market across the way in the vet clinic, and say, "Hey, that doesn't go here", and promptly brings it back. My two girls love to play, explore, create and spend money (fake of course) at the museum. The staff is really friendly, accomidating and just a great bunch of people. It's inspiring to see the growth of my 2 year old and how much she has learned by being active at the museum. And how she can share!! And my 6 year old loves it just as much with all the things she can learn too! It brings out their creative side and they don't even realize they are learning through the process of play. Thank you for giving access to the suburbs a great facility that gives kids a chance to learn through interactive means.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

super!! They were very helpful and I never heard from them an unkind word. Even with parties stacked up, they were very helpful throughout the process. They even thanked us for cleaning up after ourselves. A great group!!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand their facility even more! A marketing campaign could help them get the word out. We supporters of this museum can only do so much on our own!! And they could expand their fundraising staff! They do a tremendous job!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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8 people found this review helpful

My experience has always been very positive and enriching. I have been involved with the museum for many years and continue to find all interaction educational. My children ages 10 and 6 always find something new and exciting to examine. From the Water Table to the Workshop we always have fun exploring.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching so many children play and have fun while learning.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with so many caring people who give so much of their time and energy to see that the museum is a success.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and very professional.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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7 people found this review helpful

The Oak Lawn Children's Museum is a terrific development for our community. From the initial concept, to the efforts to build, to those who now enjoy the positive recreational and educational benefits, it has been about families. My wife and I love children's museums and are now so proud to take our children to this fantastic one in Oak Lawn. We hear constantly from families who have attended and enjoyed a very positive experience. As the Mayor of Oak Lawn, I am so proud of all those who made this a reality and continue to do so on a daily basis because it shows that we believe in giving wonderful amenities like this to our children, who should always come first.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching children - my own and others- learn while having fun. Simple, but terrrific goal.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Excellent, dedicated, and great with children.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand and offer many new exhibits to further assist in the educational and recreational development of thousands of children who attend from suburbs all around Chicago.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

My experience with The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn has been nothing but positive. The Museum is a place for families and children to think outside the box and serves as an educational resource for the community. It's a place for children to be creative and enjoy themselves while learning. I am happy to support and be a part of such a great organization that benefits the children and parents of Oak Lawn.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

all the great people that have come together to enhance the educational experience for the children of the south side of Chicago.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing could make my experience better. It has been very enjoyable.

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One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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7 people found this review helpful

We gave "All in the Family" memberships to our three married children (and a grandparents membership to ourselves), and I am happy to say they are being put to good and continuous use. Our grandchildren not only had an enjoyable time with their siblings and parents, they want to go back. Their parents have also expressed their great pleasure in observing the children's joy in learning. I have often made trips in my capacity as an officer of the Museum and had the opportunity to observe the parents as well as the children. The mon's and dad's seemed to be enjoying the awareness that comes over their children as the play and learn with the Museums many interactive exhibits. Unsolicited positive comments are made by our visitors and the "proof of the pudding" is that before they leave for the day they want to become members of our museum. They want to make an investment in their children through us and that is a wonderful feeling in itself.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The happy faces of the children and the parents while they are there and the fact that the children often don't want to leave.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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7 people found this review helpful

The museum is a wonderful place for children to explore their environment. Given we live in the Midwest, snow is easy to come by in the winter. It's wonderful to bring the children to a place that's always 70 degrees and sunny inside. Also, as a parent of a special needs toddler, the Museum is ideal of introducing kids to a variety of toys and activities that enhance fine and gross motor skills, as well as interaction with other children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing first-hand the joy on my children's faces when we enter the museum. It's a place of wonder and amazement.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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