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 click the green +Post Your Event button on the calendar below.

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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Open Swim 5:00 am
Open Swim @ Fitnation Gurnee
Jul 1 @ 5:00 am – 7:30 am
Looking for an indoor pool? Bring your family to FitNation (1655 Nations Drive, Gurnee). The daily drop in fee is $6.00 per person. Fitness members and children under 3 are free. Times are subject to [...]
Tot Swim 11:00 am
Tot Swim @ Esper A. Petersen Foundation Family Aquatic Center
Jul 1 @ 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 [...]
Children’s Play Time at MAC: 9:00 am
Children’s Play Time at MAC: @ Meadowhill Aquatic Center
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Kids younger than two are FREE. Kids ages 2-17, $7 (residents),$9 (non-resident); Adults $8 (resident), $10 (non-resident).During this time, parents and children 10 years and younger can enjoy the Zero Depth Area. Children 10 years and [...]
Parent Tot Open Swim 9:00 am
Parent Tot Open Swim @ Family Aquatic Center
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Season pass holders and children, 5 years and younger, are admitted free! Parents, bring your toddler and hang out at the pool on those hot mornings before lunch and nap time. The Family Aquatic Center [...]
Baby & Me with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital 9:30 am
Baby & Me with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital @ Kohl Children's Museum
Jul 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Baby & Me Baby & Me is a networking group for parents and their children up to 12 months, to come and meet others in your position – not just first time parents, but all [...]
Kiddie/Splash 9:30 am
Kiddie/Splash @ Mitchell Pool
Jul 1 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
A separate wading pool includes zero depth entry, geysers, water cannons, a slide, and more! Mon, Wed, Fri 9:30 am – 9:00 pm (tot pool only until 1pm) Tues, Thurs 9:30 – 7  (tot pool only until 1pm) [...]
Panera Storytime 9:30 am
Panera Storytime @ Panera Bread
Jul 1 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Join us for stories, milk and cookies at Panera Bread in Round Lake Beach on Rollins Road Ages 0-6
Animals at the Beach 10:00 am
Animals at the Beach @ Lake Forest Beach Playground
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The WDC will be bringing its amazing animals to you all summer long.  The professional staff and college interns will visit the beach playground area on a weekly basis with an entourage of fascinating animals [...]
Family Drop-In Activities 10:00 am
Family Drop-In Activities @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Regenstein Learning Campus Learn about how plants grow and about the animals you might find at the Garden. Pollinate flowers, compost with worms, build a life-size bird nest, explore underwater life, and more. Activities vary [...]
Story Time in the Sun at Ron Beese Park 10:00 am
Story Time in the Sun at Ron Beese Park @ Ron Beese Park
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
All ages w/caregiver Meet us at the park for stories and activities in nature! Weather permitting. Drop in. Ron Beese Park, 50 Rotary Drive, Barrington.
Preschool Story Time @ Kohl Children’s Museum 11:00 am
Preschool Story Time @ Kohl Children’s Museum @ Kohl Children\'s Museum
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Story Time – Preschool Story Time takes place every Monday at 11 a.m. Walk into the pages of a different book every two weeks with our interactive storytelling led by Museum professionals. Pre-school age stories on Mondays at [...]
Military Mondays 12:00 pm
Military Mondays @ Antioch Aqua Center
Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Every Monday the Antioch Aquatic center honors our members of the Armed Forces, active or retired. Admission is FREE with military ID.
Family Story Time 1:30 pm
Family Story Time @ Barrington Area Library
Jul 1 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Ages 2–5 w/caregiver Children (with a favorite adult) enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building language and literacy skills. Please bring your Barrington Area Library Card for admission. Customers from other library districts [...]
Robots 3:00 pm
Robots @ North Chicago Public Library
Jul 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Build and play with the library robots
Carillon Concerts 5:30 pm
Carillon Concerts @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Jul 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy an enchanting one-hour musical performance of carillon bells on a warm summer evening and watch lights illuminate Evening Island. Through a regularly scheduled series of concerts each summer, carillonneurs from around the world delight [...]
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Children’s Play Time at MAC: 9:00 am
Children’s Play Time at MAC: @ Meadowhill Aquatic Center
Jul 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Kids younger than two are FREE. Kids ages 2-17, $7 (residents),$9 (non-resident); Adults $8 (resident), $10 (non-resident).During this time, parents and children 10 years and younger can enjoy the Zero Depth Area. Children 10 years and [...]
Parent Tot Open Swim 9:00 am
Parent Tot Open Swim @ Family Aquatic Center
Jul 2 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Season pass holders and children, 5 years and younger, are admitted free! Parents, bring your toddler and hang out at the pool on those hot mornings before lunch and nap time. The Family Aquatic Center [...]
Rockin’ Tots 9:00 am
Rockin’ Tots @ Rockin' Jump - Buffalo Grove
Jul 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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 [...]
Kiddie/Splash 9:30 am
Kiddie/Splash @ Mitchell Pool
Jul 2 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
A separate wading pool includes zero depth entry, geysers, water cannons, a slide, and more! Mon, Wed, Fri 9:30 am – 9:00 pm (tot pool only until 1pm) Tues, Thurs 9:30 – 7  (tot pool only until 1pm) [...]
Active Tots Time 10:00 am
Active Tots Time @ X-Factor Trampoline
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come and enjoy 180 minutes of Tots Time
Craft and Storytime 10:00 am
Craft and Storytime @ North Chicago Public Library
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Story Time and Craft. All ages
Family Drop-In Activities 10:00 am
Family Drop-In Activities @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Regenstein Learning Campus Learn about how plants grow and about the animals you might find at the Garden. Pollinate flowers, compost with worms, build a life-size bird nest, explore underwater life, and more. Activities vary [...]
Free Fun Tuesdays in Buffalo Grove 10:00 am
Free Fun Tuesdays in Buffalo Grove @ Rotating Buffalo Grove Parks
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Play in the Park with your family, friends, neighbors and the Buffalo Grove Park District Park Squad! On 3 Tuesday mornings, the Buffalo Grove Park District will be hosting fun activities for children of all [...]
Tuesday Morning Music 10:00 am
Tuesday Morning Music @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Hear chamber music, jazz, and even Spanish guitar. Free concerts in the McGinley Pavilion, rain or shine from 10 to 11 a.m. June 4 David Chiriboga & Hugo Salcedo – Spanish Guitar Duo June 11 [...]
Two-Year-Old Storytime 10:15 am
Two-Year-Old Storytime @ Waukegan Public Library
Jul 2 @ 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)
Preschool Storytime 10:45 am
Preschool Storytime @ Waukegan Public Library
Jul 2 @ 10:45 am – 11:15 am
Description:  Stop by with your preschooler for stories, songs and crafts. Location: Early Learning Center (Lower Level)
One Man Circus 11:00 am
One Man Circus @ Barrington Area Library,
Jul 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
All ages w/caregiver High energy and interactive: be amazed by an entire circus performed by one man. Juggling, magic, and comedy fun for the whole family. Meeting Room.
Parent Tot Play 11:00 am
Parent Tot Play @ Antioch Aqua Center
Jul 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hours are subject to change. Open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day! Parent/Tot Swim is for children 3 and under only. Fees: Children age three and younger FREE; Adults and children age four and older, $6 per person.
American Eagles Gymnastics Open Gym 12:00 pm
American Eagles Gymnastics Open Gym @ American Eagles Gymnastics
Jul 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.  Cost is $5 for the hour.
Try it Tuesdays 1:00 pm
Try it Tuesdays @ Raupp Museum
Jul 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Join the museum each Tuesday in June and July, as we get hands-on with history. Every afternoon we will feature a free walk-in activity for visitors to try. There is no need to register, just [...]
Ozobot Class 3:00 pm
Ozobot Class @ North Chicago Public Library
Jul 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Ozobot class is a fun way to teach your children the basics of coding! Ozobots are a tiny robot toy that your children can “train” to move in basic patterns. Space is limited. For [...]
Special Needs Family Night 4:00 pm
Special Needs Family Night @ Rockin' Jump - Buffalo Grove
Jul 2 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
he FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH is SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILY NIGHT! 4 PM – 8 PM Sensory Friendly Environment for our special guests! $15 Admission for Unlimited Jump Chaperones jump for FREE Click HERE to [...]
Music on the Esplanade 6:00 pm
Music on the Esplanade @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Jul 2 @ 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 [...]
Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm
Summer Concert Series @ Willow Stream Park
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Concerts are FREE! In case of rain, concerts will be canceled. In the event of questionable weather, please call our weather cancellation hotline at 847.235.6857. June 25 The Walk-Ins (pop rock) July 2 Five Guys [...]
Concerts in the Plaza 7:30 pm
Concerts in the Plaza @ Independence Grove
Jul 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, from mid-June through early August, at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. No rain dates. For concert updates click here, call our Hotline at 847-968-3499 or follow us on Twitter. Concerts [...]
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Coca-Cola July 4th Fest
Coca-Cola July 4th Fest @ Six Flags Great America
Jul 3 all-day