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Rental Facilities

The Bourbonnais Township Park District has the perfect facilities for your next meeting or family event. Please contact the facility you are interested in to schedule a tour or to reserve a space.

How to rent Facilities:

All facility rentals require proper paperwork and applicable fees. All Rental fees AND deposits must be paid in full at the time of registration or for large events a minimum of a $500 deposit is due.  All reservations are taken as a first come, first pay basis. Rental rates are subject to change.


Exploration Station... a children’s museum

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Address: 1095 W Perry Street, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
The Exploration Station is a 10,000 square foot hands-on children’s museum geared for kids ages 8 years and younger. The children’s museum has 2 rooms available to rent for birthday parties for up to 50 guests. Exploration Station has birthday party packages as well as after hours and overnight options. Facility is air conditioned, has restrooms, and plenty of parking. Contact our Assistant General Manager, Brittaney Beck for more information. Email: or Phone: (815) 933-9905 ext 351.

Exploration Station Permit Application PDF

Willowhaven Nature Center

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Address: 1451 N. 4000 E Road, Kankakee, IL 60901
The Willowhaven Nature Center is a restored 1900's barn that transforms into a spectacular location to host a graduation party, small wedding, bridal or baby shower, family gathering, or business retreat. Two rooms are available at limited times and the facility can accommodate up to 95 guests. A kitchenette with sink and microwave are available. Alcohol is permitted with proper permit and additional fees. Facility is air conditioned, has restrooms and 75 parking spaces available. Price range varies between $100-$175 per hour depending on the room needs, prices and special packages are listed in the Willowhaven Rental Application. All Rental fees AND deposit must be paid in full at the time of registration, or a minimum of a $500.00 deposit is required to hold a date.  All reservations are taken as a first come, first pay basis. For more information please contact our Facility Manager: Email or Phone: (815) 933-9905 ext 472. For more photos of the facility please click on the camera!

Notice: The gardens and outside areas surrounding the Willowhaven Nature Center will not be available to rent during 2017 due to park construction projects. This includes patios, sidewalks and overlooks surrounding the Willowhaven ponds. Please note that there may also be potential road closures during the months of April-July of 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we make our park improvements!

2017 Willowhaven Rental application packet

Event Helper Insurance (this link will leave the BTPD website)

What is Event Helper?

Event Helper provides a marketplace for Bourbonnais Township Park District patrons to cost-effectively purchase event-specific special event coverage through a secure and easy-to-use website. Groups requesting to use Bourbonnais Township Park District facilities and parks for certain types of events – and when alcohol is served – can purchase liability coverage 24/7 in minutes and any time prior to their event.
The process is simple (detailed steps are below):
Go to Event Helper at
Complete the online form.
Pay by credit card.
The Bourbonnais Township Park District is automatically added as an additional insured and immediately receives the certificate of insurance via email.

Click here for more information on Event Helper

Recreation Station

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Address: 770 E Franklin Street, Bradley, IL 60915
The Recreation Station has rooms available to rent. Whether you are planning a birthday party, bridal or baby shower, business meeting or other get together we have the space to meet your needs up to 120 guests for a sit down event. Facility is air conditioned, has restrooms and parking for 50 with additional parking available across the street.

Contact our Office Manager: Phone: (815) 933-9905 ext 2

Click Here for the 2107 rental application

Activities Guide

May - Aug 2017

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Due to the Frog Lady presentation this Friday, we will not be hosting a Nature Night Out at Willowhaven this month. Don't forget to sign up for August's Glow Party on Friday, August 18th!

Local community organizations are hosting a National Night Out Event at Perry Farm on Tuesday, August 1. Due to the large nature of the event and evening fireworks we will be closing the Exploration Station and parking lot at 2pm and parts of the Perry Farm hiking trail will be closed starting at 4pm for fireworks. We apologize for this inconvience. For more details on the event please check out the Bradley Police Department Facebook page!

Update: We will be hosting our Euchre Party 55+ program every Thursday at the Bourbonnais Municipal Center from 12-2:45 pm. Program is $2 / residents recieve a $1 discount and pre-registration is not required.

Here isthe Herald news article about our OSLAD grant for Willowhaven Park and Nature Center.

Please note there may be potential road closures to the Willowhaven Nature Center during August 2017. Closures will be posted here and social media as dates become available.