Garoon Gateway to Science is a private park. We are open to the public only during special events. Check out the dates below!

Swim & Sand Saturdays

Saturday Summer Mornings | Through September 24 | 9:00am–noon | $10/family |  Upcoming Dates
Lake County JCC is open on Saturday mornings all summer long! Relax in our kid-friendly pool, play in the sand pit, shoot some hoops on the basketball court or explore Garoon Gateway to Science and its 52 hands-on exhibits. We will be open all summer long until September 24th – weather permitting (we won’t close unless there is lightning). There’s something for everyone in your family.

Self-Guided Science

These exhibits encourage children to explore things at their own pace. All field trips include elements appropriate for the educational needs of everyone from 3 year-old to adult.

Self—Guided field trips Include
  • 1½ hours to explore the interactive, hands–on exhibits
  • Option to use lunch room for ½ hour (must be reserved in advance) $50 additional charge

$5 per child Minimum of $100



These workshops provide hands–on learning experiences that expand on concepts integrated into the science exhibits. These are designed to meet the developmental needs of anyone from 3 year-old to adults.

Focused workshops include
  • 1½ hours to explore the interactive, hands–on exhibits, includes a 45 minute guided workshop conducted by a Garoon gateway docent
  • Pre and post–visit extension materials
  • Option to use lunch room for ½ hour (must be reserved in advance) $50 additional charge

$5 per child
$125 per docent (up to 30 children)
Minimum group size is 16

Field Trip Guidelines
  • Registration — Advanced registration is required for all groups.
  • By Mail — Send the registration form with a check. Or call the office to register at 847.726.0800 and speak with a representative to assist you.
  • Chaperones — A minimum of 1 chaperone (age 18 & up) for every 10 children is required. Chaperones are free.
  • Special Needs — Please let us know at the time of booking if your group has any children with special needs, so we may accommodate you.
  • Lunch Facilities — Facilities for groups may be rented for $50 per classroom.

About Philip Garoon

Inspired by the Clore Garden of Science at the Weizmann Institute of science in Israel, Philip Garoon was motivated to build the Gateway in an effort to instill a love of science in all children. The JCC Garoon Gateway to Science was designed with the guidance of two of the world’s leading experts in the field of experimental science education, Dr. Moshe Rishpon, director of Israel’s Clore Garden, the world’s first outdoor science museum, and Dr. Alan Friedman, founding director of the New York Hall of Science, New York City’s largest hands-on science and technology center.

“We believe the world we live in today is a rapidly changing one, and our country can only remain great if it fosters in future generations an interest and curiosity in science and technology.” – Philip Garoon

philip garoon and familyChicago native, Philip Garoon, is a prolific philanthropist for education – his philanthropic portfolio includes Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation, Spertus College, JCC Chicago, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), the CJE SeniorLife, and other cultural, educational, medical and research organizations.  He is the founder and Chairman of Basic Wire & Cable Co.

Garoon Gateway to Science is available for Private or Corporate events.

For more information on booking your private or corporate event, please contact 847.726.0800.

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