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Visit us inside the Robert W. Rolek Community Center
Children's Neighborhood Museum814 Hart Road, Round Lake, IL 60073


Admission Prices
$5 per child. Maximum capacity is 30 children, so get here early! All children must have an adult chaperone.

Coupon Available: 10% off any Parent-Tot program
Valid January 1 - March 31, 2016


General Hours
Scheduled open hours are subject to change / cancellation without notice.


Mornings: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Afternoons: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Evenings: Mondays: 5:30 - 7:30 pm;
Wednesdays: 5:00 - 6:30 pm FREE admission

Closed Memorial Day, May 30th

Imagine a tot-sized replica of a town built especially for kids. A place where they can drive a car to the grocery store, gas up at the local gas station, be a fireman, police officer or even a daycare worker! Our Neighborhood is a place where children ages 1-6 practice various roles in a community, challenging themselves to explore, imagine and create, exercising both mind and body. We also have a crawler zone for those with siblings under 1. We meet a variety of "Illinois State Early Learning Standards" that have been developed for Early Childhood Developmental Education.

Children's Neighborhood Museum Tile Program
Lend a "hand" in our ceramic tile handprint sponsorship campaign. We have created a special area in our Children's Neighborhood Museum to display 6x6" ceramic tiles, imprinted with your child's handprint, name and year. The handprints will be on display for 5 years. Imagine your child's delight in being a part of this magical museum. Purchase one 6x6" tile for $10 or two for $15. Contact Joan Ellis at 847-546-8558, ext. 236 for upcoming dates and times.


If you think you will visit for than 2 times before June 30th, the $45 family membership is ideal for you! You will also receive a MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT on over 20 programs that the Children's Neighborhood Museum offers, plus a discount on any Birthday or Private Group Rental with the museum. Plus, all the benefits listed below for Family Memberships!


Annual Family Memberships: $85 - If you think you will visit more than 8 times in a year, the $85 family membership is ideal for you! You will also receive a MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT on over 20 programs that the Children's Neighborhood Museum offers, plus a discount on any Birthday or Private Group Rental with the museum. Other benefits include:

• FREE admission for two adults and two children in the same household until June 30, 2016

• FREE t-shirt for each child
• You may add an additional child for $30; Grandparent or Child Care Provider for $10 ea.
• Enjoy Members-Only hours
• Quarterly newsletter
• Hand Tile discount when purchased in conjunction with a membership

The following hours have been reserved for the exclusive use of our museum members. These members may also visit during any open hour session. Scheduled open hours are subject to change / cancellation without notice.
Closed Memorial Day, May 30th

MORNINGS: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 8:30 - 9:30 am
AFTERNOONS: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 12:00 - 1:00 p
EVENINGS: Tuesdays: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Special Events

Each month, we'll fill a jar filled with some seasonal themed item. All you have to do is guess the quantity. The family who gets it right (or the closest to it) and the first runner up wins a prize! This activity is for Children's Neighborhood Museum members and/or paying visitors only. One guess per family, please.


Mr. Rabbit's Spring Fling - March 18th from 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Come join us for some hopping good fun! There will be lots of games, prizes, art projects and a special snack. You will also be able to visit Mr. Rabbit in the Neighborhood! He just may have a special surprise for you! There will be a special scene set up for you to take your own photos, so please bring your camera! We will also be raffling off several special prizes. Limited space available so purchase your tickets early! Perfect for children ages 1-6.

$12 per child, $8 for the second child


Week of the Young Child Celebration
Join us in the museum this week, April 10-16, to help honor and celebrate the children in our lives during the ‘Week of the Young Child Celebration.’ We will offer some extra activities for you and your child to participate in during your visit to the museum. These activities will be exclusively for ‘Members’ and paying ‘Open Hour’ visitors only. Listed below are the selected times during that week that these activities will be available:

April 11th from 9:30 am - 11:30 pm; and 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
April 12th from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm; and 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
April 13th from 9:30 am - 11:30 am

It's Non-Stop Party Fun in our
Children's Neighborhood Museum

Give your child the best birthday party in the neighborhood - our Children's Neighborhood Museum, that is! We supply two hours of non-stop fun. The first 75 minutes take place in the actual "Neighborhood Play Zone," then the next 45 minutes are in the adjacent room where you serve food/cake/beverages and/or open presents. Included in the party price is an "I had my birthday at the Children's Neighborhood Museum" t-shirt for the birthday child, plus an appreciation gift for each child which includes a coupon to visit us on another day. We will cover the tables with plastic tablecloths.

Birthday party rentals can be scheduled on weekends or on weekdays subject to availability. Reservations are necessary and we require a non-refundable $25 deposit to hold your reservation, which will be applied towards the balance of your party.

Saturday Birthday Times Sunday Birthday Times Weekday Times
12:00 - 2:00 pm
2:00 - 4:00 pm
4:00 - 6:00 pm
11:00 - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 3:00 pm
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Varying times on Thursdays and Fridays

Party Fee:
• Up to 10 children - $100 (weekdays); $125 (weekends)
• $5 for every child above the minimum
• Maximum number of children is 30
• 1 adult per 10 children required

Birthday Party Extras:
• Additional time may be added upon availability. Cost: $45/half hour
• A larger eating area and/or gymnasium may be added upon availability.
• Please inquire when setting up your rental reservation.

Private Group/School Rentals
Private group rentals are available Thursdays & Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm. Rentals are 90 minutes. Longer rentals are available for an additional charge. A $50, non-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation, which will apply towards your final balance. Rentals include an appreciation gift for each child and a coupon to visit with their family at a later date. Note: Private group rentals cannot be booked on Saturdays or Sundays during the hours of 12 - 6 pm.

Private Group Rental Cost
  • • 90 minute rental/$5 per child; minimum 10 children/30 maximum
  • • One adult per 10 children/maximum 30 (Free admission tickets, punch card passes and/or discounts
       for multiple child families are not accepted for private group rentals.)
  • • We also have a wonderful Prairie Grass Nature Museum, which we can add to your visit upon availability. (An additional group fee will apply.)

Willy Wonka, Jr.
May. 6, 2016 - May. 7, 2016 multiple; please see event description
4th Annual Family Fishing Event
May. 7, 2016 - May. 7, 2016 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Pre-Summer Paddling Saturday
May. 14, 2016 - May. 14, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aquatic Center Opening Day
May. 28, 2016 - May. 28, 2016 12:00 - 7:00 pm
Summer Scavenger Hunt
May. 28, 2016 - May. 28, 2016 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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Round Lake Area Park District
Robert W. Rolek Community Center
814 Hart Road
Round Lake, IL 60073
Phone: (847) 546-8558
Fax: (847) 740-8180