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:

Questions about the calendar? Please contact Melissa.

{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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On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly Exhibit
On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly Exhibit @ Ela Area Public Library
Aug 1 all-day
Follow the Monarch on its journey from Montreal to Mexico through the colorful and detailed photography of Francisco Gutierrez, naturalist and ultra-light aircraft pilot. Tuesday, August 1 through Saturday September 30
Take It & Make It Craft Kit for Teens
Take It & Make It Craft Kit for Teens @ Fremont Public Library
Aug 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 [...]
Children’s Play Time at MAC: 9:00 am
Children’s Play Time at MAC: @ Meadowhill Aquatic Center
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Kids younger than two are FREE. Kids ages 2-17, $6 (residents),$8 (non-resident); Adults $7 (resident), $9 (non-resident). During this time, parents and tots can enjoy the children’s play area exclusively. The play area is available to [...]
Rockin’ Tots 9:00 am
Rockin’ Tots @ Rockin' Jump - Buffalo Grove
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
We have EXPANDED our ROCKIN’ TOTS Program! We heard loud & clear from our Rockin’ Tots families that you want MORE day and LONGER sessions! Starting November 1, 2016 ROCKIN’ TOTS jump time will be held EVERY [...]
Parent Tot Open Swim 9:15 am
Parent Tot Open Swim @ Family Aquatic Center
Aug 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Fees: $5 (residents); $7 (non-residents), children age three and younger are admitted FREE. Intended for children five and younger who are accompanied by a parent. No more than two children per adult. Monday – Saturday 9:10 – 10:15 a.m. Season pass [...]
Blast Off with Books! 9:30 am
Blast Off with Books! @ Vernon Area Public Library District
Aug 1 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Ages 2-3 with an adult Once you’re too big for Giggles & Wiggles come to Blast Off! Climb aboard to share stories and learn sign language with Miss Sarah. Themed songs, rhymes, books centered around [...]
Kiddie/Splash 9:30 am
Kiddie/Splash @ Mitchell Pool
Aug 1 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Children four and younger are FREE, Adults before 3:30 p.m., $8 per person, after 3:30 p.m. adults pay $7 per person. Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Kiddie/Splash 9:30 am
Kiddie/Splash @ Deerspring Pool
Aug 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Children over 4 years old will not be allowed to use Mitchell Pool’s wading pool . Children over 4 years old will not be allowed to use Mitchell Pool’s wading pool . “L”-shaped, Olympic-size pool [...]
Stories and More 9:30 am
Stories and More @ Zion-Benton Public Library
Aug 1 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 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)
Storytime, Milk & Cookies at Panera Bannockburn 9:30 am
Storytime, Milk & Cookies at Panera Bannockburn @ Panera Bannockburn
Aug 1 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Join us every 1st Tuesday of the month for a Milk & Cookies Storytime at the Bannockburn Panera, located at 1211 Half Day Rd., Bannockburn, IL.
Baby Time 10:00 am
Baby Time @ Barrington Area Library
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Up to 24 months w/ caregiver Share songs, stories and rhymes with your baby and connect with other new parents in this story time and play time.   Please bring your Barrington Area Library Card [...]
Family Drop-In Activities 10:00 am
Family Drop-In Activities @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Aug 1 @ 10:00 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. [...]
Lights, Action, CRAFT 10:00 am
Lights, Action, CRAFT @ Fox Lake District Library
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Kids age 3-5 come see a short film and make a craft project at 10 am in the Children’s Activity Center.
Parent Tot Play 10:00 am
Parent Tot Play @ Antioch Aqua Center
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Fees: Children age three and younger FREE; Adults and children age four and older, $6 per person.
Sensory Storytime & Activity 10:00 am
Sensory Storytime & Activity @ Hippo Campus
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Sensory Storytime & Activity @ Hippo Campus | Volo | Illinois | United States
Join us for Storytime and an activity! Our Storytimes are included with admission. Grownups can enjoy a free cup of coffee while the kids enjoy the story. $10 for all day play includes activity
Tuesday Morning Music 10:00 am
Tuesday Morning Music @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Hear chamber music, jazz, Spanish guitar, and even carillon music. Free concerts in the McGinley Pavilion, rain or shine.
Two-Year-Old Storytime 10:15 am
Two-Year-Old Storytime @ Waukegan Public Library
Aug 1 @ 10:15 am – 10:30 am
Toddlers love to move, so we’ve designed a lively storytime just for them! Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs and rhythm activities. Location: Early Learning Center (Lower Level)
Blast Off with Books! 10:30 am
Blast Off with Books! @ Vernon Area Public Library District
Aug 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Ages 2-3 with an adult Once you’re too big for Giggles & Wiggles come to Blast Off! Climb aboard to share stories and learn sign language with Miss Sarah. Themed songs, rhymes, books centered around [...]
Sounds of Summer Children’s Concert Series 10:30 am
Sounds of Summer Children’s Concert Series @ Viking Park Bandshell
Aug 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Children’s Concerts Free, 10:30 – 11:15 am All Ages Concerts Free, 7:00 – 8:30 pm Sounds Viking Park Bandshell Concert Series 4374 Old Grand Ave. Gurnee ofSummer June 20 Jim Gill July 18 Ben Tatar [...]
Tales for Tots 10:30 am
Tales for Tots @ Glencoe Public Library
Aug 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
All ages with parent or caregiver Read, sing, talk, and play to build early literacy skills! Join us for stories, songs and more, followed by time for socialization and play.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 am
Preschool Storytime @ Waukegan Public Library
Aug 1 @ 10:45 am – 11:15 am
Description:  Stop by with your preschooler for stories, songs and crafts. Location: Early Learning Center (Lower Level)
Storytime 11:00 am
Storytime @ Pottery Barn Kids
Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Join Pottery Barn Each Week for a story time as we read aloud some of your favorite books.  Become a book club member and receive a special gift after attending five story times.
Toddler Time 11:00 am
Toddler Time @ Barrington Area Library
Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
(Ages 2 & 3 w/ caregiver) Play and explore with stories, songs, art and more in this energetic class for toddlers. Dress for a mess.
Sean Masterson “Magic for Children” 2:00 pm
Sean Masterson “Magic for Children” @ Lake Forest Library
Aug 1 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Tuesday, August 1 from 2:00 – 2:45 pm Children’s Activity Room   Free tickets available at 1:00 pm This show combines slight of hand, mind-blowing illusions, and audience participation.
National Night Out 4:00 pm
National Night Out @ Hartman Park
Aug 1 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every first Tuesday of August, millions of people celebrate National Night Out (NNO) in neighborhoods across the country to celebrate community and law enforcement partnerships. NNO brings together individuals from communities in all 50 states, [...]
Kiddie/Splash 5:00 pm
Kiddie/Splash @ Deerspring Pool
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Children over 4 years old will not be allowed to use Mitchell Pool’s wading pool . Children over 4 years old will not be allowed to use Mitchell Pool’s wading pool . “L”-shaped, Olympic-size pool [...]
LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build 5:00 pm
LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build @ The LEGO Store
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join in the LEGO® Store Monthly Mini Model Build! Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it [...]
National Night Out 5:00 pm
National Night Out @ Willow Stream Park South
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
National Night Out @ Willow Stream Park South | Buffalo Grove | Illinois | United States
FREE Food, Entertainment and Giveaways 5 – 7:30 pm Business Expo Picnic in the Park Inflatable Attractions and Face Painting Buffalo Grove Fire and Police Department Displays Free Hotdogs, chips and drinks (while supplies last) [...]
National Night Out and Car Show 5:00 pm
National Night Out and Car Show @ R&M Auto Body
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
It’s the National Night Out Party in Round Lake Park. Sponsored by R&M Auto Body and the Round Lake Park Police Department. Food and drinks, car show, and  music by Mistaken Identity!
Preschool Storytime 5:30 pm
Preschool Storytime @ Waukegan Public Library
Aug 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Description:  Stop by with your preschooler for stories, songs and crafts. Location: Early Learning Center (Lower Level)
Wauconda National Night Out 5:30 pm
Wauconda National Night Out @ Cook Park
Aug 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us to tour a police vehicle, watch a canine demonstration, take part in simulations, and more.
Music on the Esplanade 6:00 pm
Music on the Esplanade @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Aug 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Each Tuesday evening brings a different kind of music, from big band to swing to bluegrass. Watch the sun set over the Smith Fountain. Please Note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as [...]
Northbrook National Night Out 6:00 pm
Northbrook National Night Out @ Meadowhill Aquatic Center
Aug 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join the Northbrook Park District and the Police Department for some serious fun at the pool. Get to know your neighbors and the police who serve the community and learn how to prevent crime. The [...]
Drew Chapin Trio Memorial Jam Session 6:30 pm
Drew Chapin Trio Memorial Jam Session @ Central Park Performance Pavilion
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
Tuesday New Movie Night 6:30 pm
Tuesday New Movie Night @ Deerfield Public Library
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come to the Library for Tuesday New Movie Night on select Tuesdays  and preview the hot new release of the week. We pick what we think is the hottest new release of the week and [...]
National Night Out 6:45 pm
National Night Out @ Various Parks in Wildwood
Aug 1 @ 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the Wildwood Park District in a communitywide event designed to prevent crime in the neighborhood. This is a national event where hundreds of communities take to the streets in order to promote safety and [...]
National Night Out 7:00 pm
National Night Out @ Santa Maria Grounds
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
National Crime and Drug Prevention Event.  Join us for an outdoor movie as we celebrate National Night Out. Bring your own blankets and chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars with your neighbors. Join [...]
National Night Out with APD 7:00 pm
National Night Out with APD @ Antioch Community Bandshell
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The National Night Out is early August at the Bandshell from 7-9 pm. This event is free and we welcome the citizens of Antioch to participate.
Events in the Plaza 7:30 pm
Events in the Plaza @ Independence Grove
Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Concerts are held at the preserve’s outdoor amphitheater, Millennia Plaza, overlooking a 115-acre lake. To help offset our costs to host these quality concerts, there is an entrance fee of $6 per car after 5 pm [...]
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Lake Forest Day
Lake Forest Day @ West Park
Aug 2 all-day
The first Lake Forest Day in 1908 included a hot air balloon ascension, a cutest baby contest, a mind-reading dog, and a vaudeville show. Proceeds from this event, organized by the Lake Forest Woman’s Club, [...]
Toying with Technology: Kibo Coding 2:12 am
Toying with Technology: Kibo Coding
Aug 2 @ 2:12 am – 3:12 am
Aug 3, 17, & 31: Kibo Coding Have you ever programmed a robot? Use our Kibo robots and learn about creating a sequence to get Kibo to move and make sounds. ~ Toying with Tech [...]
Tot Swim 11:00 am
Tot Swim @ Esper A. Petersen Foundation Family Aquatic Center
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Tot Swim takes place in the hour before the facility opens to the general public and gives parents an opportunity to introduce infants and toddlers (age 6 and under) to the water in the zero-depth [...]
Northbrook Farmers Market 7:00 am
Northbrook Farmers Market @ Northbrook Farmers Market
Aug 2 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
The market provides an opportunity to meet farmers, learn about their products, and find great foodstuffs, as well as experience educational program offerings including chef demos, information about healthy eating and environmental issues, and much [...]
Children’s Play Time at MAC: 9:00 am
Children’s Play Time at MAC: @ Meadowhill Aquatic Center
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Kids younger than two are FREE. Kids ages 2-17, $6 (residents),$8 (non-resident); Adults $7 (resident), $9 (non-resident). During this time, parents and tots can enjoy the children’s play area exclusively. The play area is available to [...]
Rockin’ Tots 9:00 am
Rockin’ Tots @ Rockin' Jump - Buffalo Grove
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
We have EXPANDED our ROCKIN’ TOTS Program! We heard loud & clear from our Rockin’ Tots families that you want MORE day and LONGER sessions! Starting November 1, 2016 ROCKIN’ TOTS jump time will be held EVERY [...]
Parent Tot Open Swim 9:15 am
Parent Tot Open Swim @ Family Aquatic Center
Aug 2 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Fees: $5 (residents); $7 (non-residents), children age three and younger are admitted FREE. Intended for children five and younger who are accompanied by a parent. No more than two children per adult. Monday – Saturday 9:10 – 10:15 a.m. Season pass [...]
Artsy Tots 9:30 am
Artsy Tots @ Artist @Heart
Aug 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
​ Students will discover ways to create art using watercolor, finger painting, clay, gel sticks, paint, collage and more! This is a messy class so be prepared to get dirty!  Please note that the art [...]
Giggles & Wiggles 9:30 am
Giggles & Wiggles @ Vernon Area Public Library District
Aug 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
For children Ages 15-24 months with an adult. Giggle, groove, sing, and jam along with your toddler and Miss Heather. Music and movement are at the center of this active storytime that helps your child [...]
Kiddie/Splash 9:30 am
Kiddie/Splash @ Mitchell Pool
Aug 2 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Children four and younger are FREE, Adults before 3:30 p.m., $8 per person, after 3:30 p.m. adults pay $7 per person. Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Kiddie/Splash 9:30 am
Kiddie/Splash @ Deerspring Pool
Aug 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Children over 4 years old will not be allowed to use Mitchell Pool’s wading pool . Children over 4 years old will not be allowed to use Mitchell Pool’s wading pool . “L”-shaped, Olympic-size pool [...]
Playtime with Littles 9:30 am
Playtime with Littles @ Fox Lake District Library
Aug 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Come to an unstructured playtime for littles (6-23 month old’s) in the Children’s Activity Center! 9:30-11 am
Family Drop-In Activities 10:00 am
Family Drop-In Activities @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Aug 2 @ 10:00 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 Story Time 10:00 am
Family Story Time @ Barrington Area Library
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Description:  Ages 2-5 w/ caregiver (siblings welcome) Location: Story Room Other Information: Please bring your Barrington Area Library Card for admission. Patrons from other library districts are admitted as space is available. No registration required. Story [...]
Parent Tot Play 10:00 am
Parent Tot Play @ Antioch Aqua Center
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Fees: Children age three and younger FREE; Adults and children age four and older, $6 per person.
Small Serendipity 10:00 am
Small Serendipity @ River Trails Nature Center
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Join us for a nature story and craft or other activity. For