ADA 25 FOR 25 CULTURAL ACCESS PROJECT

The Kohl Children’s Museum is participating in the ADA 25 for 25 Cultural Access Project by expanding its outreach to families and children with special needs by creating a new program for Veterans and Active Duty Military families, titled Play Attention. Play Attention is modeled after the Museum’s successful Everyone at Play events, which provide children with special needs with an exclusive, non-threatening introduction to Museum exhibits and activities that can build children's comfort and familiarity for return visits during regular Museum hours and within a larger, inclusive Museum environment.

The Museum will work with community organizations serving veterans and active duty military personnel, such as Thresholds Veterans Project, Great Lakes Naval Base Child Development Centers, Illinois Joining Forces, and Easter Seals Veterans Community OneSource, to invite military veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families to the Museum to explore and play in the exhibits free of charge while the museum is closed to the general public. These events will occur four Sunday mornings per year and will provide a safe, non-threatening environment for veterans and active duty military families to enjoy time together. As is the case with their Everyone at Play events, the museum will work with community partners (such as Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy and authors/book publishers) to provide therapeutic and/or educational resources that are appropriate for veterans and active duty military personnel and their families during the Play Attention events.