One of the lesser-known little gems in Lake County, in my opinion, is the Children’s Neighborhood Museum at the Round Lake Park District. Ideally suited for children ages 1-6 years old, this little play space features several pretend play areas to stimulate your child’s imagination and creativity. With everything from a fire truck to a grocery store to a construction workshop, this is one of our favorite places to play on a cold or rainy day.
If you have visited the Children’s Neighborhood Museum in recent weeks you may have noticed that some of the play equipment has been removed and that there are signs throughout the building regarding the big renovation plans for the Neighborhood.
In the current Fall programming guide, it says “new exhibits will include, but not be limited to, a new town square, a fishing pond, and a “Neighborhood” daycare center.” I talked to an employee while I was there last week and she told me the renovations were going to be pretty extensive and that they were really excited about the changes and new possibilities for the Neighborhood Museum.
Well, my kids love playing there so much now we can’t wait to go back for the reopening the week of September 4th! The Museum will be featuring a Grand Re-Opening Celebration on Saturday, September 8th from 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. On this day, special discounts will be offered to those who purchase a new membership or handprint tile, book a birthday party/private rental or sign up for one of the Round Lake Park District’s Parent-Tot programs. Refreshments will be served along with FREE raffles. Please stop by and see how the “Neighborhood” has grown!
Children’s Neighborhood Museum
Robert W. Rolek Community Center, Lower Level
814 Hart Rd., Round Lake, IL 60073
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by Dawn T. (Volo)
Dawn is a former 1st grade and early childhood teacher turned to stay at home mom to 2 boys Dawn and her boys love journeying around Lake County and the Chicago suburbs to check out new places to play, restaurants, farms, gardens, museums, or anything that might be of interest to families with young children.
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