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All Aboard “Thomas the Tank Engine” at Kohl Children’s Museum

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“Thomas & Friends” … Explore the Rails! available for exclusive small group access this fall

The world’s most beloved #1 blue engine rolls into Glenview this autumn. Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails!, an interactive exhibit inspired by the popular children’s series on PBS KIDS, makes its debut at Kohl Children’s Museum on October 1, where it will run through January 3, 2021.

Featuring the favorite engines and destinations from Thomas & Friends, the STEM-focused exhibit seeks to engage children up to age 8 in foundational skills that foster science, math, and engineering literacy through playful learning experiences.

Because of its highly hands-on nature (typical of all the research-based interactive exhibits that the Kohl museum boasts), Thomas & Friends will be available to small groups of 10 or fewer guests under the Museum’s V.I.P. (Very Important Play) program. This allows visitors to welcome trusted members of their family, social or learning pod for exclusive access to the exhibit for 90 minutes of play. After each session, the Museum’s Super Scrub Squad descends on the exhibit, disinfecting and sanitizing all elements and surfaces for the next group along with nightly deep cleans.

“At 1500 square feet, this is the largest special exhibit we have hosted in our history,” said Mike Delfini, Kohl Children’s Museum President & CEO at Kohl. “We’ve been preparing for Thomas’s arrival for more than three years. While it’s disappointing to not be able to welcome the thousands of guests we’d hoped for this fall, it is a testament to the faithful support of the community and the tremendous talents of our dedicated Museum team that we’ve been able to develop safe processes to welcome those we can.”

Reservations for the V.I.P. sessions with Thomas & Friends are currently available Tuesday through Sunday at

Kohl Children’s Museum is located at 2100 Patriot Blvd. in Glenview. The Museum can be easily reached by public transportation, including Pace bus and Metra trains. For more information, visit the Museum’s website at or call (847) 832-6600.


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