Frequently Asked Questions…

Where are you?
  We will be located at 130 Cedar Avenue in downtown Lake Villa. Cedar Avenue creates a triangle between Grand Avenue and Route 83.  We are two doors down from Lehmann Park, and across the street from the Lake Villa train station.   Our 14,000 square foot building was donated to us in 2013–plenty of room for learning and fun!

When do you plan to open?   We hope to open Phase One of the museum plans in late 2018.

What is the museum going to have in it?   The museum will consist of five exhibit galleries focused on science, art and humanities. All our exhibits will have a “Lake County feel”, meaning they will draw on the values, communities and businesses that make our county great.  We have chosen Bill Greaves of Architects iN Design to create our master plan.

Will you or Do you do birthday parties?   Yes and yes. Our plans include a multipurpose room sponsored by Lovin Oven Cakery. Party packages have been planned by the exhibit committee and pricing will be worked out closer to opening.Currently we do parties on location.  We bring our traveling exhibits to your home or other venue. We set up the exhibits, train the grown-ups, and clean up.  We also provide a Busy Brains t-shirt to the birthday child and ruler favors for all the guests. How easy! A three-hour party rental is $200. Print/view our Birthday party flyer.

How can I get involved?   Our favorite question! We would love to have you join one of our committees: marketing, events/fundraising, exhibits, building, or grants. Each committee is chaired by a board member, meets monthly, and is open to your new ideas. Find descriptions of each committee.

How did you get this idea? Kathy Goers and Alison Price taught together in Mundelein, and were sharing ideas for work after kids.  Kathy recognized the need for such a museum, and Alison wouldn’t let the idea go away.

Are you a charity organization?  Yes, we are registered with the IRS as a public charity, 501(c)(3) organization.  This means that any donation is tax deductible.

Do you know….?  Probably.  Our organization has grown to include volunteers from throughout the county, and we have met some fantastic business people and families.  We would love to add you to our list of friends—see you soon!