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Children's Neighborhood Museum
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Visit us inside the Robert W. Rolek Community Center
Children's Neighborhood Museum814 Hart Road in Round Lake
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 birthday party or private rental through 12/31/14.
Coupon Available: 10% off any Parent-Tot class through the Children's Neighborhood Museum.
Valid January 1 - March 31, 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


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.

Sweet Apple Pie- This one day class will be filled with a menagerie of all things apple!
Pumpkin Bash - With Halloween right around the corner, come and help us celebrate. Costumes welcome!
Feather Furry - We will have some fabulous feather fun in honor of our feathered friends, chicks and turkeys!

Theme Day Date Time Location Room Fees
Sweet Apple Pie Thurs. Sept. 25 6:00 - 6:45 pm Robert W. Rolek
Community Center
Activity Center
$8 Res./NRes.
Pumpkin Bash Thurs. Oct. 30 6:00 - 6:45 pm Robert W. Rolek
Community Center
Activity Center
$8 Res./NRes.
Feather Furry Thurs. Nov. 20 6:00 - 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. Fee: $8 (Res./NRes.); $6 (Member)

September 26 at 9:30 am - "Apple-icious"
October 31 at 9:30 am - Five Little Pumpkins (costumes welcome)
November 21 at 9:30 am - Turkey Chatter

Milk-N-Cookies with Santa - Come join us for this festive event! There will be exciting games and crafts, along with playtime in the neighborhood. Santa will also be available for you to sit on his lap and tell him gift wishes! Please bring your own cameras if you would like to take advantage of this photo op with Santa! Then, before everyone leaves, Santa will read a wonderful holiday story and join you for some 'milk-n-cookies.' This event will be approximately 1.5 hours and is best suited for children 1-6 years old. Space is limited, so register early.

Date Time Fee Location
December 12 10:00 - 11:30 am


$8/second child

Robert W. Rolek Community
Center Gym
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.)

Auditions: Snow White and the Seven Fairy Godmothers - Presented by The Round Lake Area Park District Community Theatre
Jan. 5, 2015 - Jan. 6, 2015 Beginning at 6:30 pm. Please call for an appointment
Auditions: Legally Blonde Jr, The Musical - Presented by The Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop
Jan. 11, 2015 - Jan. 11, 2015 Beginning at 1:00 pm. Please call for an appointment
My Son Pinocchio Jr. - performed by the Studio 13! Musical Theatre Club
Jan. 16, 2015 - Jan. 18, 2015 Jan. 16 & 17 at 7:00 pm; Jan. 18 at 2:00 pm
Dance Theatre Presents: The Little Mermaid & Other Dance Fairy Tales
Feb. 6, 2015 - Feb. 8, 2015 Feb. 6 & 7 at 7:00 pm. and Feb. 7 & 8 at 2:00 pm
Friends of the Round Lake Area Parks Foundation Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: My Fatal Valentine
Feb. 14, 2015 - Feb. 14, 2015 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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