Parties & Celebrations

Birthday Parties & Celebrations @ The Western Springs Historical Society’s Children’s Museum

Members of the Western Springs Historical Society may rent out the Children’s Museum for birthday parties or other celebrations.

Available Times:

Rentals are for one hour and parties are typically held on Saturday afternoons. Other days/times may be available, subject to docent availability, but we do not close the Museum to the public during our regular operating hours (10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays).


The Children’s Museum is best suited for children between the ages of 3 to 5 and the maximum number of children we can accommodate is 10.


One hour rentals are $25 and may only be booked by WSHS members. If you would like to rent the Children’s Museum but are not a member, you may submit a Membership Application and payment along with your Tour/Presentation Request. For more information on membership levels, please see our Become a Member tab.

A supplementary activity may be booked in advance for an additional charge of $10.

Please make checks payable to the Western Springs Historical Society.


Rentals must be booked at least three weeks in advance so that we can schedule a docent for your event.  Please complete our Tour/Presentation Request form and mail it along with your payment to the WSHS, P.O. Box 139, Western Springs, IL60558. Forms/payment may also be dropped off at the WSHS Archives in the GrandAvenueCommunity Center. Reservations are not confirmed until payment is received.

Please note that reservations cancelled less than 48 hours in advance are non-refundable.

Food & Drink:

Please note that the WSHS does not allow food or drink in any part of the Historic Water Tower Museum, including the Children’s Museum.


Decorations, including balloons and streamers, are not allowed in the museum.


A WSHS docent will be present to open the Museum and point out the various games in the play area however parents must remain on-site and are responsible for the children’s actions and their safety.


Children may use all of the games and activities in the 3rd floor play area however, due to the fragile nature of the antiques in other parts of the museum, children are not allowed to play on the 1st or 2nd floors.

If arranged in advance, a docent can provide an age appropriate activity for the children at a small additional cost.  Some examples include making a mini-WaterTower, story-time followed by a craft, and organized games such as guessing games, clothes pins in the bottle, etc.


If you have additional questions, please contact the Archives at 708-246-9230 or e-mail us at