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Children's Neighborhood Museum
Children's Neighborhood Museum
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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.

Visit us inside the Robert W. Rolek Community Center, lower level:
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: $1 off Admission.


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


Mornings: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Evenings: Mondays: 6:00 - 7:00 pm;
Wednesdays: 5:00 - 6:30 pm FREE admission


Member-Only Hours:

M/Tu/W: 9:00 - 9:30 am (plus all regular open hours!)

Learn more about our memberships below!


Days Closed: July 3 & 4.

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 ( two swipe cards per family ) for two children in the same household for one year.

• FREE t-shirt for each child
• You may add an additional child for $30; additional swipe card $10
• Enjoy Members-Only hours
• Quarterly newsletter

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.

MORNINGS: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 9:00 - 9:30 am

For more information, please click each link.



Forest Friends (2 - 5.5 years): Learn about woodland creatures and plant life through nature-based crafts and stories. Be ready for an outside adventure, weather permitting. Min/Max: 5/6.

Under the Sea (2 - 5.5 years): Learn about sea life through crafts and stories. Be ready for an outside adventure, weather permitting. Min/Max: 5/6.

Lions, Tigers, and Bears! (2 - 5.5 years): Learn about wild animals through crafts and stories. Be ready for an outside adventure, weather permitting. Min/Max: 5/6.

6-WEEK PROGRAMMING (Parent-Tot Mini Classes)

Little Chef's Art (18 - 30 mo.): Enter the culinary world of art! We will have fun combining edible, colorful foods to paint, draw, sculpt and create!


Things That Go (18 - 30 mo.): All kids love to explore with toys that move. Join us for hands on activities, art and stories with cars, trucks, trains and more.


One Hit Wonders (2 - 6 years): Join us one evening a month for some theme-related learning and fun. Each class will explore its theme through story, art, hands-on activities and/or games. A great night out for parent and child! Pre-registration is required.


Music & Movement Classes: Discover the fun and joy of playing to music. Three programs for children ages 1 through 6 years.
Music & Movement for Toddlers (1 - 2 years)
Music & Movement for Kidz (3 - 6 years)
Evening Music & Movement (2 - 6 years)


Fantasy Fridays (1 - 6 years): One Friday a month we will combine Neighborhood playtime with theme-related activities in which to participate.


Open Art Studio (2 - 6 years, single day program): Open Studio Parent-Tot time allows very young children to explore a wide variety of art mediums, and create a finished project to bring home. Allowing young children to experiment with various art supplies and tools helps eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills, reasoning and more.


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. We first have some fun in the actual "Neighborhood Play Zone," then move into 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 - $110 (weekdays); $135 (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.)


Rental Waiver: English
Rental Waiver: Spanish

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