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Children's Neighborhood Museum
Children's Neighborhood Museum
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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: $5 off a new Children's Neighborhood Museum Membership purchase.
Valid July 1 - October 1, 2015


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


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 Peg Johnson at 847-546-8558, ext. 248 for upcoming dates and times.
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, 2014
• You may add an additional child for $30; Grandparent or Child Care Provider for $10 ea.
• Each child will receive a FREE museum t-shirt
• 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.

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.

Join us one evening a month for some theme-related learning and fun. Each class will explore it's theme through story, art, hands-on activities and/or games. A great night out for parent and child! Pre-registration is required. Perfect for ages 2-6. Min/Max: 4/10.

Waddle, Waddle We will visit the South Pole and enter the Penguin Kingdom!
Be Mine, Valentine Join us for a celebration of all things loved!
Taking Flight Come fly with us in this fun and magical kite adventure! We will learn about and make various types of kites.
Wiggle Worms An ooey, gooey, wiggle wormy adventure!
Flower Power Join us for this menagerie of flower power activities and leave with a potted flower for your garden!


Theme Day Date Time Location Room Fees
Waddle, Waddle Thurs. Jan. 22 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Robert W. Rolek
Community Center
Activity Center
$8 Res./NRes.
Be Mine, Valentine Thurs. Feb. 12 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Robert W. Rolek
Community Center
Activity Center
$8 Res./NRes.
Taking Flight Thurs. Mar. 19 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Robert W. Rolek
Community Center
Activity Center
$8 Res./NRes.
Wiggle Worms Thurs. Apr. 23 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Robert W. Rolek
Community Center
Activity Center
$8 Res./NRes.
Flower Power Thurs. May 21 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Robert W. Rolek
Community Center
Activity Center
$8 Res./NRes.

One Friday a month will will combine Neighborhood playtime with theme-related activities in which to participate. Perfect for ages 1-6. Pre-registration is necessary. Min/Max: 1/25.


Date Time Theme Fees
January 16 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Winter Wonderland

$8 Res./NRes;
$6 Member
February 13 9:30 am - 11:30 am Cupid's Cupcakes $8 Res./NRes;
$6 Member
March 20 9:30 am - 11:30 am Leapin' Leprachauns $8 Res./NRes;
$4 Member
April 24 9:30 am - 11:30 am Trains, Planes & Automobiles $8 Res./NRes;
$4 Member
May 22 9:30 am - 11:30 am Dirt Diggers $8 Res./NRes;
$4 Member.


Mr. Rabbit's Spring Fling - 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!

Date Time Fee Location
March 27 10:00 am- 11:30 am


$8/second child

Robert W. Rolek Community
Center Gym


Week of the Young Child Celebration - Join us in the museum this week, April 13-15, 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:


Date Times
April 13 9:30 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
April 14 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
April 15 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.)

Disney's The Little Mermaid - presented by The Encore! Youth 2-Day Theatre Camp
Now - Aug. 1, 2015 See below
Paddling on the Nippersink Creek
Aug. 1, 2015 - Aug. 1, 2015 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Summer Traveling Camp
Now - Aug. 7, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Returning dance student registration begins
Aug. 7, 2015 - Aug. 7, 2015
Jack and the Giant - presented by The Round Lake Area Park District Community Theatre
Aug. 7, 2015 - Aug. 9, 2015 See below

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