Busy Brains Children’s Museum encourages the joy of learning and discovery in all children, with interactive exhibits and enlightening programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities.


Busy Brains Children’s Museum is a non-profit corporation founded in November, 2003 by Kathy Goers and Alison Price. The organization became incorporated in the State of Illinois in April, 2004, and earned tax exempt 501(c) 3 status in December of 2004.


Busy Brains is a proud member of the Association of Children’s Museums and the Illinois Association of Museums.

Accomplishments to Date

  • Created web site and developed social media presence.
  • Designed and developed eleven small traveling exhibits and served over 36,000 children and families.
  • Attained membership in Association of Children’s Museums, Illinois Association of Museums, ] Lindenhurst/Lake Villa Chamber of Commerce, Antioch Chamber of Commerce.
  • Sent delegates to ACM conferences in 2005, 2007, 2008
  • Completed Permanent Exhibit Master Plan with Architects iN Design.
  • Aligned future permanent exhibits with national core curriculum
  • Hired Korte Architecture to be Architect of Record.
  • Established five standing committees with over 25 volunteers.

Fundraising Campaigns

A $3.5 million capital campaign, Constructing Curiosity, is underway which will help fund building renovations and the construction, installation of the museum’s exhibits and a 3 year reserve for operating costs. There are opportunities for all–individuals, small businesses and corporations–to help contribute to the growth and success of Busy Brains Children’s Museum.

Land/Building Information

In 2013, the museum secured a 14,000 square foot building, a former car dealership, in downtown Lake Villa. The museum has hired a well-known architect of children’s museum, Bill Greaves of Architects in Design who will work with a local architect, Korte Architecture, to transform, the building into a state-of-the art children’s museum.

Initially, 60% of the available space will be used to house exhibits. The remaining space will be divided appropriately, allowing for a gift shop, restrooms, eating area, private rooms for programs, classes and rentals, office space, storage space and a small workshop.

Exhibit and Program Plans

Busy Brains plans to have seven to eight exhibit galleries, and space for a traveling exhibit. Focus groups of teachers, parents, children, and businesses have been conducted to help in the exhibit decision making process. Exhibits will be completely interactive, and focus on topics of interest to Lake County families and visitors.

Programs will be offered to extend the visitor experience. Professionals within the community, in addition to trained staff, will lead programs in desired areas.