We do our best to provide the most relevant and timely information to our readers, but please confirm dates, times, and availability before attending an event. Events are posted on Little Lake County from information found on, but not limited to, attraction sites, government city sites; as well as submissions from individual attractions, press releases and PR firms. All events are subject to change without notice and Little Lake County cannot be held responsible.

Little Lake County loves hearing about events!!  Events must be low cost or free and for kids, families or parents. Events must not require pre-registration to attend, and must welcome walk-ins. To submit your event for the calendar please fill out this form:

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{TR} = Ticket Required – this are free events that require a ticket, generally they are handed out just prior to the event.

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Take It & Make It Craft Kit for Teens
Take It & Make It Craft Kit for Teens @ Fremont Public Library
Oct 1 all-day
Each month we’ll have a different kit for you to pick up and take home (or complete here). Anything from wrapped earbud kits to monster bookmarks…ask at the Youth Services Desk. We’ll have only a [...]
Monthly Make Believe Day!
Monthly Make Believe Day! @ Kohl Children's Museum
Nov 1 all-day
  9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The last Tuesday of every month is our Monthly Make Believe!Each Monthly Make Believe gives you the opportunity to expand your imagination through dress-up, special theatre games, art programming and other [...]
Buffalo Grove Farmers Market 8:00 am
Buffalo Grove Farmers Market @ Mike Rylko Community Park
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
We are happy to announce the 8th year for the Buffalo Grove Farmers’ Market re-opens Sunday June 18th to October 8th 2017! We are fortunate to have such a popular market that nearly all our [...]
Bird Banding 9:00 am
Bird Banding @ Stillman Nature Center
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Watch Mark Spreyer, a licensed bird bander, measure, weigh and record data about our resident birds. Birds are not caught in a predictable manner, so come prepared to hike the trails. With luck, you’ll see [...]
Sensory Sensitive Sundays 9:00 am
Sensory Sensitive Sundays @ Chuck E Cheese Vernon Hills
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Enjoy games and food with reduced lighting and noise.  Staff will be trained and caring about autism and other special needs.
Storytime for 3-6 year olds 9:30 am
Storytime for 3-6 year olds @ Lake Forest Library
Oct 1 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
A storytime geared for children ages 3-6      
Fall Festival 10:00 am
Fall Festival @ Grant Township Center
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Featuring: VENDORS & CRAFTERS, FOOD & REFRESHMENTS, PATCH 22 PETTING ZOO, PONY RIDES, RC JUGGLE ENTERTAINMENT, INFLATABLES BY BELLA’S BOUNCIES, PIE EATING CONTEST, ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Hay Rides & Busy Brain Museum [...]
Family Fall Fest 10:00 am
Family Fall Fest @ Lake County JCC/Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
EARLYBIRD PRICE! – $25/family – register now thru 9/25 athttp://www.jccchicago.org/fallfest – (after 9/25 & at door – $30/family) Petting Zoo | Garoon Gateway to Science | Crafts | Archery (ages 7+) | Rock Climbing Wall [...]
Festival del Mole y Pozole 10:00 am
Festival del Mole y Pozole @ Belvidere Discount Mall
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Come out to enjoy the best moles and pozoles in one place! Bring your friends, family and appetite – and have your own taste tests! Entertainment includes live music, ballet folklorico and bounce houses for [...]
Pony Rides 10:00 am
Pony Rides @ Patch22
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
$10 for pony ride – every Sunday weather permitting. free petting farms Lots of baby farm animals due around Mother’s Day
Fall Festival at Grant Township 11:00 am
Fall Festival at Grant Township @ Grant Township
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fall Festival at Grant Township Hosted by: Grant Township and the Village of Fox Lake Kids & family activities, pumpkin carving contest, pony rides, hayride, crafter/vendor show, food and more! Event is hosted by Village [...]
Family Drop-in Activities 11:00 am
Family Drop-in Activities @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Learn about how plants grow and the animals you might find at the Garden. Pollinate flowers, compost with worms, build a life-sized bird nest, explore underwater life and more.  Activities vary from week to week. [...]
Family Open Gym 11:00 am
Family Open Gym @ Libertyville Gymnastics Academy
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Open gym for all ages! Continuing every Sunday until further notice! Cost is: $10.00 per person – open gym only $15.00 per person – open gym and inflatables Children 6 and under must be accompanied [...]
Open Swim 12:00 pm
Open Swim @ FitNation Gurnee
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Great for family time in the water! Games, toys, etc. will be allowed as long as the use of them does not create a safety hazard for self or others. Games, toys, etc. may be [...]
Knock, Knock! Who’s there? 1:00 pm
Knock, Knock! Who’s there? @ Crabtree Nature Center
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The red-bellied woodpecker, that’s who! Learn about this bird’s adaptations, make your own feeder, and go on a binocular hunt.
Open Swim/ Family Swim 1:00 pm
Open Swim/ Family Swim @ Sachs Recreation Center
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Everyone is invited “Into the Pool!” on weekend afternoons, year-round . Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult . Lifeguards are on duty . Additional hours may be added during [...]
Family Movie Series 1:30 pm
Family Movie Series @ Waukegan Public Library
Oct 1 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Come enjoy our Family Movie series with complimentary popcorn! Location: Bradbury Room (Lower Level) Movies: August 27 – Boss Baby 9/10 – Nocturna 9/17- secret world of arrity 9/24- ernest & celestine 10/1- james & [...]
Guided Hike Lake County 2:00 pm
Guided Hike Lake County @ Old School Forest Preserve
Oct 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Guided walk on this year’s Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.Complete this year’s Hike Lake County challenge with a forest preserve educator. Out of respect for all program participants, please leave [...]
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs 2:00 pm
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs @ James Lumber Center
Oct 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
By Paul Gilvary, Robert Kauzlaric and William Rush Based on the popular bestseller by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith Sep 28 & 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM Sep 30, 2017 at 3:00 PM Sep 30, [...]
What’s on the Menu? 3:00 pm
What’s on the Menu? @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us at feeding time to learn about our display animals and their unique habits.
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Monday Craft Day
Monday Craft Day @ Lake Forest Public Library
Oct 2 all-day
Craft supplies will be available (while supplies last) to create our own project. Stop in and get crafty. Fun for the whole family.
Weekly Activity Table
Weekly Activity Table @ Ela Area Public Library
Oct 2 all-day
Every Monday morning we will have a different craft or activity for the week. For all ages. **NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED**
Open Swim 5:30 am
Open Swim @ Fitnation Gurnee
Oct 2 @ 5:30 am – 7:30 am
Great for family time in the water! Games, toys, etc. will be allowed as long as the use of them does not create a safety hazard for self or others. Games, toys, etc. may be [...]
Baby & Me with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital 9:30 am
Baby & Me with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital @ Kohl Children's Museum
Oct 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
We’re inviting new parents and their children up to 12 months to join us for networking and socializing with other new moms and dads! We know that being a new parent is not easy. That’s [...]
Baby Bounce 9:30 am
Baby Bounce @ Fremont Public Library
Oct 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
2-12 months with an adult. Stories, music and movement with your baby followed by play time. Siblings are welcome. Drop in: registration recommended for email reminders.
Morning Stories 9:30 am
Morning Stories @ Fox Lake District Library
Oct 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Stories, rhymes, and songs for 17-35 month olds with their caregiver at 9:30 each Monday.  
Rhythm & Rhyme Laptime 9:30 am
Rhythm & Rhyme Laptime @ Vernon Area Public Library District
Oct 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
For babies ages birth to 14 months with an adult. Reading starts at birth! Join fellow babies and caregivers as Miss Kelsey guides you through bounces, tickles, songs and books based in early literacy research [...]
Storytime for 2 Year Olds 9:30 am
Storytime for 2 Year Olds @ Lake Forest Library
Oct 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Storytime for 2 year olds and their caregivers
Baby Time 10:00 am
Baby Time @ Indian Trails Library District - Temporary Location
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Ages infants & crawlers with a caregiver. Stories, songs, fingerplays, and sign language followed by 15-minute playtime. Registration not required.
Family Story Times at Cook Park 10:00 am
Family Story Times at Cook Park @ Cook Memorial Public Library District - Cook Park Library
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
 Family Story Times are designed for fun caregiver-child interaction. Stories, songs, rhymes, and movement are intentionally chosen to strengthen language development during the First Five Years of life. We sing, read, play, and talk to [...]
Family Time at Aspen Drive 10:00 am
Family Time at Aspen Drive @ Cook Memorial Public Library District - Aspen Drive Library
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Family Story Times are designed for fun caregiver-child interaction. Stories, songs, rhymes, and movement are intentionally chosen to strengthen language development during the First Five Years of life. We sing, read, play, and talk to [...]
Baby Storytime 10:30 am
Baby Storytime @ Lake Forest Library
Oct 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
  Baby Storytime Storytime and playtimes for babies (0 months to 23 months) and their caregivers
Rhythm & Rhyme Laptime 10:30 am
Rhythm & Rhyme Laptime @ Vernon Area Public Library District
Oct 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
For babies ages birth to 14 months with an adult. Reading starts at birth! Join fellow babies and caregivers as Miss Kelsey guides you through bounces, tickles, songs and books based in early literacy research [...]
Stay and Play 10:30 am
Stay and Play @ Glencoe Public Library
Oct 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Whether you come for Book Babies or Rock and Read, you’re welcome to socialize, play, and have fun between classes. We’ll have puppets, toys, music and more for you to explore.
Fall Storytime Live! 10:45 am
Fall Storytime Live! @ Highland Park Public Library
Oct 2 @ 10:45 am – 11:15 am
:  For ages 3 1/2 to 6.Drop off your independent preschoolers or kindergartners for a special storytime! Let them enjoy great stories, puppets, flannel boards, music, and activities that foster pre-reading skills, broaden social skills, [...]
Preschool Storytime 10:45 am
Preschool Storytime @ Waukegan Public Library
Oct 2 @ 10:45 am – 11:15 am
Description:  Stop by with your preschooler for stories, songs and crafts. Location: Early Learning Center (Lower Level)
Wonderful Walkers 10:45 am
Wonderful Walkers @ Indian Trails Library District
Oct 2 @ 10:45 am – 11:15 am
Ages walkers – 24 months with a caregiver. Stories, songs, and fingerplays, followed by 10-minute playtime. Registration not required.
Family Drop-in Storytime 11:00 am
Family Drop-in Storytime @ Warren Newport Public Library
Oct 2 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Promote a lifelong love of reading with this fun, multi-age storytime for ages 2-pre-K with an adult. No registration required!
Rock and Read 11:00 am
Rock and Read @ Glencoe Public Library
Oct 2 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Ages 18 months-3 with parent or caregiver Go back to school with Monday stories for a slightly older crowd. Listen to books, move to the beat and more at this active storytime.
Stories and More 11:00 am
Stories and More @ Zion-Benton Public Library
Oct 2 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Help your child get ready to read with stories, nursery rhymes and music. Adults are offered instruction and take-home sheets on child development and early literacy skills. Preschool (Ages 3-6)
Story Time @ Kohl Children’s Museum 11:00 am