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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, however starting Sept. 6, the fee will be $6. 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
Afternoons: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Evenings: Mondays: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wednesdays: 5:00 - 6:30 pm (FREE ADMISSION)








Special Interest Groups
Time has been set aside for these special groups:

CDC (Beginning Sept. 19): Tuesdays: 4:30 - 6:30 pm
SRSNLC: Sept. 15, Oct. 6, Nov. 3: 9:30 - 11:30 am



Member-Only Hours
See the tabbed chart for details.

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
AFTERNOONS: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 1:00 - 1:30 pm
EVENINGS: Tuesdays: 5:30 - 7:30 pm

For more information, please click each link.



NEW! Dino-Mania (2 - 5 years): Travel with us, back in time, when the dinosaurs ruled the land! Dinosaurs are a timeless adventure enjoyed by children generation after generation. We explore their characteristics, make our own fossils and have lots of dinosaur play. Min/Max: 4/10.

NEW! It's Art-tastic! (2 - 5 years): We’ve never met a child that didn’t like to ‘experiment’ with paints, chalk, clay or all manner of goop. Free your child’s energy and creativity in this totally messy ‘process’ art class! Please wear old clothes/shoes to class. They will have fun here and you will get to go home to a clean house. Lucky you! Min/Max:4/10.

Cooking Art (2 - 4 years): Your budding artist will have the fun of creating foods that combines colorful, edible ingredients that can be used to paint, draw, sculpt, and sometimes eat! Min/Max: 4/10. No Class 11/21.

NEW! The Cat in the Hat & Friends (18 mo. - 5 years): Oh, the places you’ll go, and the things you’ll think, when you join us for a fun-filled adventure into the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss! Stories and crafts will happen each week, so be ready to get messy. Min/Max: 3/8.


NEW! Bookworms (18 mo. - 5 years): authors. We will create related projects and learn the art of bookmaking. Sharing the love of reading with the very young helps to create a lifelong reader. Please wear clothes for painting and messy materials. Min/Max: 3/8.

6-WEEK PROGRAMMING (Parent-Tot Mini Classes)

NEW! Shape Finders and Color Detectives (18 - 29 mo.): Through the use of stories, music, paint and manipulative play items, your child will be exposed to colors, shapes and numbers. They will be so involved they won’t even realize they are learning. Min/Max: 3/10.


NEW! Monster Mania (18 - 29 mo.): Bring your favorite “little monster” for some fun, quality parent- tot time! We will read stories, do a wide variety of crafts, and play with manipulatives (wear clothes suitable for messy play and painting). Min/Max: 3/8.


Construction Munchkin (18 - 29 mo.): Join us in this fun experience of constructing, building, and creating, using a variety of materials including, but not limited to, wood, sandpaper, and glue. Min/Max: 3/10. No Class: 11/20..


NEW! Petite Picassos (18 - 29 mo.): Young artists will discover many new ways of expressing themselves artistically! Spend some quality time with your little one, as you experiment with a wide variety of art media. Art encourages fine motor skills, neural development, and problem- solving abilities. *Please wear clothing suitable for painting. Min/Max: 3/8. No class 11/22.


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.


Paint and Play (3.5 - 5 years): Paint and Play will provide the perfect opportunity for very young children to experience the popular paint-along style art classes. Using non toxic paints, canvas, and a variety of tools and techniques, you and your child will create a treasured keepsake together. We will offer a new, seasonal painting. Class time will be split into 2 sittings, with open Neighborhood playtime in between to allow little ones time to move about. Please wear “painting clothes”, or bring an over sized tee shirt for your child to use as a smock. Min/Max: 2/10.


Parent-Tot Yoga Classes: Parent-baby yoga classes are much more than fun and games. Focus your asana sequences and help new families bond and grow together.

Mom & Me Yoga (2 mo. - 18 mo.)

Mom & Toddler Yoga (18 mo. - 3 years)

Mom & Preschooler Yoga (3-5 years)


Parent-Tot Playtime (9 mo. - 5 years): This playtime will offer the use of more ‘manipulative’ play such as balls, building blocks, trucks and trains, small interactive games like bowling, magnetic fishing, etc. Best of all, the drop-in rate has been reduced to just $6 per session. Now is a great time to try this class! Min/Max: 3/30. No Class 11/23.


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. First, we 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.


Click here for full details on our party package.


Private Group/School Rentals

Rentals are 90 minutes. A non-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation, which will apply towards your final balance. Rentals include a coupon to visit with their family at a later date.

Private Group Rental Cost

• 90 minute rental: $5 per child, one adult per 10 children is required (Min/Max: 5/30 children).

• We also have a wonderful Prairie Grass Nature Museum, which we can add to your visit upon availability (additional fee applies).


For private group or party rentals, please contact Margaret Kissner at margaret_kissner@rlapd.org or call 847-546-8558.




Rental Waiver: English
Rental Waiver: Spanish

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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