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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Playtime with Littles 9:30 am
Playtime with Littles @ Fox Lake District Library
May 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Drop-in at this child led unstructured play for babies through 2 year old with a caregiver in the Children’s Activity Center. Meet other parents and caregivers for playtime and socializing. We have music, play mats, [...]
Raising Readers 10:30 am
Raising Readers @ Zion-Benton Public Library
May 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Help your child get ready to read with stories, finger plays, and music. Receive information on child development and early literacy skill building. These story times are geared toward ages 0-3 but all ages are [...]
After School Program 2:30 pm
After School Program @ Zion-Benton Public Library
May 1 @ 2:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Supervised activities, gaming, snacks and mentoring for kids ages 8-18. Participants are expected to demonstrate the six community character traits. Respect, Perseverance, Responsibility, Safety, Integrity, Kindness   Participants are also expected to follow the library code [...]
Teen Space 3:30 pm
Teen Space @ Barrington Area Library,
May 1 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Grades 6-8 Hang out, mess around, and geek out in the Youth Services Program Room. Whether you want to meet up with friends, create some art, or relax with a book, you’re welcome at Teen [...]
Tween Gaming 3:30 pm
Tween Gaming @ Warren Newport Public Library
May 1 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Tweens (in grades 3-5) are invited to have fun with video and board games during this weekly drop-in program.
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Ven Y Lee Conmigo – Come and Read with Me! 1:00 pm
Ven Y Lee Conmigo – Come and Read with Me! @ Ela Area Public Library
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Mama! Papa! te gustaría que tus hijos se diviertan y al mismo tiempo desarrollen su imaginación? Ven e introducelos al maravilloso mundo de las fábulas, narraciones y lecturas de cuentos infantiles, acompáñanos a vivir esta [...]
Teen Crafts 4:30 pm
Teen Crafts @ Zion-Benton Public Library
May 2 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
April: Make your own squishy creation using foam and puffy paint. All materials will be supplied. May 2&16: 3d Printing Zodiac Signs May 23&30: Stress Pets Locations: The Sandbox Age Group(s): High School Teens (Grades 9-12), [...]
prideSOCIAL 5:30 pm
prideSOCIAL @ Grayslake Area Public LIbrary,
May 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Looking for a place to hang out with other LGBTQ+ Teens? Join us on the first Thursday of every month for prideSOCIAL events and drop-in nights! Teens in grades 7-9 are encouraged to come between [...]
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Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day @ Vernon Area Public Library District
May 4 all-day
Vernon Area Library joins other libraries and specialty shops across the nation to give away new comic books, absolutely free. Today only. Limit 1 per person while supplies last. It’s also Star Wars Day so [...]
Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day @ Warren Newport Public Library
May 4 all-day
   Join us in The Vault for Free Comic Book Day! There will be free comics to grab, movies from the Marvel and DC universes playing on the televisions, and other activities!
Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day @ Round Lake Area Public Library
May 4 all-day
All Ages – Stop in to the Youth and Adult Departments and pick up a Free Comic Book at each desk.  While you are here learn about the library’s first comic convention that will be [...]
May the 4th Be With You
May the 4th Be With You @ Ela Area Public Library
May 4 all-day
Celebrate all things Star Wars with a special craft at our activity table. Dress up as your favorite character and get a prize at the Children’s Desk!
May the Fourth Be with You – Drop In! 10:00 am
May the Fourth Be with You – Drop In! @ Cook Park Library
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Calling all Jedis, Wookies, Stormtroopers, and Droids! Set your spaceships to hyperspace and get ready to explore a galaxy far, far away as the Children’s Department celebrates the Star Wars universe. There will be games, [...]
Drop-In Chess 10:30 am
Drop-In Chess @ Highland Park Public Library
May 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Play chess on Saturday mornings in the Youth Services Department. This program is for ages 5-14. Children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.
Star Wars Day Storytime 10:30 am
Star Wars Day Storytime @ Vernon Area Public Library District
May 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Ages 0-5 with an adult. Free. Ticket required A long time ago, in a library not so far away…. Celebrate Star Wars Day at an out-of-this-world storytime. Come dressed as your favorite Jedi or Sith [...]
Free Comic Book Day 11:00 am
Free Comic Book Day @ Ela Area Public Library
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day, a national event to promote reading for all ages, by picking up a FREE comic book at the library! Comic books are provided by Dreamland Comics and are available while [...]
JiggleJam 11:00 am
JiggleJam @ Lake Bluff Public Library
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for a fantastic Jigglejam family concert! This show is guaranteed to get the whole audience on their feet, singing and dancing along to Jodi Koplin’s engaging imaginative tunes. This program is sponsored by [...]
May the Fourth Green Screen Photo Shoot 11:00 am
May the Fourth Green Screen Photo Shoot @ Wauconda Area Library
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dress up and come pose with your favorite Star Wars characters. Our green screen in Studio 801 can take you anywhere in the galaxy!
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Note for Note Music Series: Opera and Musical Theater Gems 2:00 pm
Note for Note Music Series: Opera and Musical Theater Gems @ Highland Park Public Library
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music students will present a program of arias and ensembles from opera and musical theater. The program will take place in the Adult Services Room. It is a drop-in event and [...]
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Baby Bounce 9:30 am
Baby Bounce @ Fremont Public Library
May 6 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Birth-11 month-olds. Siblings welcome. Drop in; registration recommended for email reminders
Baby Bounce 10:30 am
Baby Bounce @ Fremont Public Library
May 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Birth-11 month-olds. Siblings welcome. Drop in; registration recommended for email reminders
Stay and Play 10:30 am
Stay and Play @ Glencoe Public Library
May 6 @ 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. Children must be accompanied [...]
Make it Monday 12:30 pm
Make it Monday @ Zion-Benton Public Library
May 6 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
This program will take the full 2 hours. This program is geared toward grades 3-6.  Every week is  a new activity. Call library for details 1/14: Winter can be tough for animals that live outdoors. [...]
LEGOS in the Library 4:00 pm
LEGOS in the Library @ Ela Area Public Library
May 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bring your imagination, drop in and create your masterpieces with the library’s LEGOs. Don’t forget your camera. For grades K-5
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Preschool Tinkers 10:30 am
Preschool Tinkers @ Fremont Public Library
May 7 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Youth Program Room 3-5 year-olds. Siblings welcome. Drop in; registration recommended for email reminders. Stories, rhymes and songs for preschoolers with a quick hands-on activity!
Tinker Tuesday 4:00 pm
Tinker Tuesday @ Zion-Benton Public Library
May 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Invent like Edison, create like Kandinsky, and use your noodle like Newton.  Tinker Tuesday offers fun activities for kids and adults working together in ourmakerspace-The Sandbox.  You will have the chance to explore, experiment and [...]
STEAM Stations 5:30 pm
STEAM Stations @ Fremont Public Library
May 7 @ 5:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Grade K and up. Drop-in program incorporating STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Limited supply, items are available on a first come first serve basis.
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Playtime with Littles 9:30 am
Playtime with Littles @ Fox Lake District Library
May 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Drop-in at this child led unstructured play for babies through 2 year old with a caregiver in the Children’s Activity Center. Meet other parents and caregivers for playtime and socializing. We have music, play mats, [...]
Toddler Time 9:30 am
Toddler Time @ Fremont Public Library
May 8 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Youth Program Room 1-2 year-olds. Siblings welcome. Drop in; registration recommended for email reminders. Get ready to jump, dance, wiggle and stomp as we share stories, music and movement for toddlers on the go!
After School Program 2:30 pm
After School Program @ Zion-Benton Public Library
May 8 @ 2:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Supervised activities, gaming, snacks and mentoring for kids ages 8-18. Participants are expected to demonstrate the six community character traits. Respect, Perseverance, Responsibility, Safety, Integrity, Kindness   Participants are also expected to follow the library code [...]