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.

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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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BIG THINKERS! Storytime and Block Play 9:30 am
BIG THINKERS! Storytime and Block Play @ Lake Forest Library
Oct 1 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join us for Big Thinkers Storytime, then stay and enjoy a family‑friendly creative play space and discovery center. Stretch your imagination and explore STEAM topics with stations stocked with blocks and building materials!
Lights, Action, CRAFT 10:00 am
Lights, Action, CRAFT @ Fox Lake District Library
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Breaking the mold of traditional storytimes by adding interactive activities, a short film & a craft!
Storytime Tuesdays with Sharon at “Wiggly Field” 10:30 am
Storytime Tuesdays with Sharon at “Wiggly Field” @ Barbara's Bookstore
Oct 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Reading to young children affects their brain activity and may just give them that boost they need to support and promote their early reading skills. Research shows that specific areas of the brain are affected [...]
Tales for Tots 10:30 am
Tales for Tots @ Glencoe Public Library
Oct 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.
Tinkering Tuesday 2:30 pm
Tinkering Tuesday @ Kohl Children's Museum
Oct 1 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Tinkering Tuesday The Museum’s Tinkering Tuesday program encourages children to do what they do best – let their curiosity take over! Explore the world of engineering by building machines and creating processes, and then explore what happens [...]
Family Drop-in Storytime 6:30 pm
Family Drop-in Storytime @ Lake Villa District Library
Oct 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Come be part of the fun at storytime! It’s a half hour of books, songs, fingerplays and storytelling activities. All ages welcome, no registration required!
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Family Drop-In Storytime 9:30 am
Family Drop-In Storytime @ Lake Villa District Library
Oct 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Come be part of the fun at Family Drop-In Storytime! It’s a half-hour filled with books, music and more … all are welcome, no registration required!
Drop-in Storytime 10:30 am
Drop-in Storytime @ Deerfield Public Library
Oct 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays in this drop-in storytime for all ages.
Wednesday Storytime at Deerfield Square 10:30 am
Wednesday Storytime at Deerfield Square @ Barnes & Noble Deerfield
Oct 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Join Barnes & Noble Deerfield Square every Wednesday at 10:30am in the Kids’ Department on the Hundred Acre Wood stage for Storytime. Fun for ages 2 through 8.
Art Play 10:45 am
Art Play @ Barrington Area Library
Oct 2 @ 10:45 am – 11:30 am
All ages w/caregiver Through process-oriented art, kids explore their imagination and develop creative thinking skills. Join us for an open-ended art project for all ages and abilities. Mess-makers welcome! Location: Story Room Other Information:  Please [...]
Drop-in Storytime 1:00 pm
Drop-in Storytime @ Deerfield Public Library
Oct 2 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays in this drop-in storytime for all ages.
School’s Out Early! Catch a Movie at the Library 2:30 pm
School’s Out Early! Catch a Movie at the Library @ Lake Bluff Public Library
Oct 2 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us on one of LBES’ early release days for popcorn and an afternoon movie at the Library! Wednesday, 10/2 at 2:30pm Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Wednesday, 11/6 at 2:30pm Lego Movie 2
Destination Discovery at GiGi’s Playhouse 4:30 pm
Destination Discovery at GiGi’s Playhouse @ Gigi's Playhouse at Bannockburn Green
Oct 2 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Destination Discovery  –  Supports the development of fine motor skills, gross motor skills, social skills and language through purposeful play and peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program also brings families [...]
Family Storytme Drop-in 6:00 pm
Family Storytme Drop-in @ Grayslake Area Public Library
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ALL AGES | DROP IN Stories, singing, crafts and more! The entire family is invited to enjoy these special storytimes. Children younger than age 3 must be accompanied by an adult.  
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Libertyville Farmers Market 7:00 am
Libertyville Farmers Market @ Cook Park
Oct 3 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
In 2019, we are celebrating our 39th year in operation!  This year we have more vendors than ever, so you’ll be able to find more fresh food, flowers and so much more, and also have [...]
BIG THINKERS! Storytime and Block Play 9:30 am
BIG THINKERS! Storytime and Block Play @ Lake Forest Library
Oct 3 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join us for Big Thinkers Storytime, then stay and enjoy a family‑friendly creative play space and discovery center. Stretch your imagination and explore STEAM topics with stations stocked with blocks and building materials!
Family Drop-In Storytime 9:30 am
Family Drop-In Storytime @ Lake Villa District Library
Oct 3 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Come be part of the fun at Family Drop-In Storytime! It’s a half-hour filled with books, music and more … all are welcome, no registration required!
Family Story Time at Cook Park Library 10:00 am
Family Story Time at Cook Park Library @ Cook Memorial Public Library District
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Family Story Times are lively and fun caregiver/child shared play-based education programs. Stories, songs, rhymes, and movement are intentionally chosen to strengthen language development during the First Five Years of life. We sing, read, play, [...]
Family Storytme Drop-in 10:00 am
Family Storytme Drop-in @ Grayslake Area Public Library
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
All Ages | DROP IN Stories, songs, crafts, and fun! All ages will enjoy this special time reading about something new each week.
Tales for Tots 10:30 am
Tales for Tots @ Glencoe Public Library
Oct 3 @ 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.
Theatre Games at Kohl Children’s Museum 1:30 pm
Theatre Games at Kohl Children’s Museum @ Kohl Children's Museum
Oct 3 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Theatre Games It’s time to let your inner actor out with Theatre Games. Through a variety of creative dramatic exercises, we will explore gross and fine motor skills, problem solving, listening and speaking skills, following directions, and [...]
Toying with Tech at Kohl Children’s Museum 2:30 pm
Toying with Tech at Kohl Children’s Museum @ Kohl Children's Museum
Oct 3 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Toying with Tech introduces children to the exciting world of technology in a developmentally appropriate way. Programming takes place approximately every other Thursday from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. September 19: Cause & Effect with Patterns Explore [...]
LEGO Mindstorms 3:00 pm
LEGO Mindstorms @ North Chicago Public Library
Oct 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
What’s cooler than programming your own robot? Programming your own robot made of Legos! For grades 4-8.
Family Drop-in Storytime 4:00 pm
Family Drop-in Storytime @ Lake Forest Library
Oct 3 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
We agree with Napoleon Bonaparte when he said, “Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” Join us Thursdays and make reading a family affair! All [...]
Family Storytime 6:00 pm
Family Storytime @ Fremont Public Library
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
All ages with an adult. Drop in. Dance, sing, play, and read together at this storytime for the whole family! Miss Rachael guides you through bounces for babies, silly songs for big kids, and everything in [...]
Family Story Times at Cook Park 6:30 pm
Family Story Times at Cook Park @ Cook Memorial Public Library District - Cook Park Library
Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
 Listen to stories, sing songs, and learn rhymes during this story time for families. Children can wear their pajamas so they are ready to be tucked into bed when they get home. For children ages [...]
Family Drop-in Storytime 7:00 pm
Family Drop-in Storytime @ Warren Newport Public Library
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Interact with your child during this engaging storytime that focuses on letter recognition and other pre-reading skills. Features the same theme, stories and songs as registered storytimes. Please choose one day and time to attend. [...]
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Fall Bulb Festival 10:00 am
Fall Bulb Festival @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy family activities and shop for more than 200 varieties of bulbs. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 4 – 6, 2019 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Regular parking fees apply.   Outdoors: [...]
Friday Fun Times 10:30 am
Friday Fun Times @ Deerfield Public Library
Oct 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for an education and entertaining time at the Library, There’ll be stories, music, and fun!
Oktoberfest Concert 11:30 am
Oktoberfest Concert @ Waukegan Public Library
Oct 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Celebrate Oktoberfest with the music of Die Musikmeisters! Weather permitting, we will be outside in the courtyard. If it is too cold, we’ll come indoors to Classroom AB. Join us for music, cider, sweet treats [...]
Sensory Storytime 11:30 am
Sensory Storytime @ Deerfield Public Library
Oct 4 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join us for an inclusive and interactive storytime filled with stories, songs, sensory play, and socialization! Children of all abilities with their siblings and caregivers are welcome. Please let us know if any accommodations are [...]
Open Swim 7:00 pm
Open Swim @ Buffalo Grove High School
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pool Closures: The Buffalo Grove High School Natatorium closures will be posted at the pool and on the Aquatics page of our website at bgparks.org. Daily entry is $6 during public hours Aquatics Hotline: 847.235.6857 [...]
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Carousel Closet Libertyville Resale Event 9:00 am
Carousel Closet Libertyville Resale Event @ Libertyville Sports Complex
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Oct. 5th, 2019 – 9am-5pm • Open to the public, FREE admission! Oct. 6th, 2019 – 10am-3pm • Open to the public, FREE admission PLUS many items additional 50% off! We accept cash and all [...]
Community Recycling Event 10:00 am
Community Recycling Event @ Bevier Park
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join the Waukegan Park District for it’s Community Recycling Event. The event is free to the public, the following items will be collected and recycled: selected electronics bicycles musical instruments eyeglasses hearing aids shoes clothing [...]
Fall Bulb Festival 10:00 am
Fall Bulb Festival @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy family activities and shop for more than 200 varieties of bulbs. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 4 – 6, 2019 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Regular parking fees apply.   Outdoors: [...]
Family Drop-In Storytime 10:00 am
Family Drop-In Storytime @ Lake Villa District Library
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Come be part of the fun at Family Drop-In Storytime! It’s a half-hour filled with books, music and more … all are welcome, no registration required!
Family Time 10:00 am
Family Time @ Deerfield Public Library
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Come to the Youth Program Room for a drop-in storytime the whole family will enjoy!
GO Fox Lake 10:00 am
GO Fox Lake @ Lakefront Park Building
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join the Village of Fox Lake for a GO FOX LAKE 30 minute walk! We will start at Lakefront Park and walk the bike path in Fox Lake.  
Grayslake Fall Farmers Market 10:00 am
Grayslake Fall Farmers Market @ 201 Center St, Grayslake
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Grayslake Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization that fosters a sense of community by operating a weekly three season outdoor shopping experience in the historic downtown center that offers farm fresh and prepared foods, [...]
Harvest Fest 10:00 am
Harvest Fest @ Kalk Park
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come celebrate fall at one of the best community spirit events of the year! Spend the morning at Kalk Park enjoying family-friendly games, attractions, and entertainment. Halloween pumpkins will be available for purchase. All ages [...]
Nature Playdates 10:00 am
Nature Playdates @ Heller Nature Center
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Play at Heller and learn a thing or two about nature. Each date offers a different themed activity (one per family) and a self-guided I Spy hike. Afterwards, bring a picnic lunch or play In [...]
Stirling Hall Art Bash 10:00 am
Stirling Hall Art Bash @ Stirling Hall Arts Center
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
A day full of demonstrations, hands-on “try-it” workshops and meet and greets! Free! Come out to scenic Stirling Hall Art Center and discover everything we have to offer! Parent and Child Together: Potter’s Wheel Experience [...]
Touch a Truck 10:00 am
Touch a Truck @ Rule Park
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Touch a Truck puts kids in the driver’s seat! Join us in the Rule Park parking lot for a chance to touch, honk and climb inside some of the trucks you see driving around Wildwood [...]
Drop-In Chess 10:30 am
Drop-In Chess @ Highland Park Public Library
Oct 5 @ 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.
Saturday Morning Fun at Snicklefritz 10:30 am
Saturday Morning Fun at Snicklefritz @ Snickelfritz Toys
Oct 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Every Saturday (except Labor Day weekend) Until mid-November Snickelfritz Toys will have an activity from 10:30-11:30!  See below for activities and fees. PLEASE call or stop by to sign up so we know how many [...]
Saturday Storytime 10:30 am
Saturday Storytime @ The Book Stall
Oct 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
The Book Stall hosts a free storytime every Saturday at 10:30 AM. 6/23 – Our free Saturday Storytime features special guest star Jacob Grant, author/illustrator of the new picture book, Bear’s Scare! 6/30-Author Ruth Spiro will [...]
Annual Grayslake Fall Festival and Pumpkin Giveaway 11:00 am
Annual Grayslake Fall Festival and Pumpkin Giveaway @ Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Star Homes
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join us on Saturday October 5, 2019 for our 5th annual fall festival! We will be giving away free pumpkins to the first 500 children, limit one pumpkin per child while supplies last. Enjoy family [...]
Mad Hatters at Deerfield Library 11:00 am
Mad Hatters at Deerfield Library @ Deerfield Public Library
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Join the library for a fun-filled program of books, poems, songs, and, of course, hats as we welcome back the Mad Hatters of Chicago.
Saturday Storytime 11:00 am
Saturday Storytime @ Ela Area Publc Library
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Enjoy stories, songs & crafts every Saturday morning. This program is for accompanied children of all ages.
Volo Bog Tours 11:00 am
Volo Bog Tours @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Truncated version – Marsh tour only – BUT we will talk about Volo Bog and bogs in general. Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.    Saturday & Sunday Our one-hour public tours of Volo Bog are “Truncated.” We’ll [...]
Open Swim 1:30 pm
Open Swim @ Buffalo Grove High School
Oct 5 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Pool Closures The Buffalo Grove High School Natatorium closures will be posted at the pool and on the Aquatics page of our website at bgparks.org. Daily entry is $6 during public hours Aquatics Hotline: 847.235.6857 [...]
LEGO Club 3:00 pm
LEGO Club @ Lake Forest Library
Oct 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us for brick-building fun as we tackle different LEGO challenges. Children ages five and up welcome, an adult must accompany children under seven. Ages 5+
What’s on the Menu? 3:00 pm
What’s on the Menu? @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join River Trail Nature Center at feeding time to learn about our display animals and their unique habits.
Oktoberfest 6:30 pm
Oktoberfest @ American Aid Society of German Descendant
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
This fest is held for three consecutive Saturdays with doors opening at 6:30pm. Music is provided by lively German bands and a variety of entertainment is on hand. Food and drinks are available all evening. [...]
Family Neon Jump Night 8:00 pm
Family Neon Jump Night @ Rockin' Jump Buffalo Grove
Oct 5 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Neon Jump Night is our “All Ages” open jump night. Come play under the Rockin’ Jump bright neon Glow Lights! Hit our Glow Station on the way in and get your glow paint on from 8 [...]
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CROCtoberfest
CROCtoberfest @ Wildlife Discovery Center
Oct 6 all-day
CROCtoberfest will now be a month-long celebration of our ancient reptiles, the crocodilians. Wildlife Discovery Center will be exploring a new group of crocodilians each Sunday in October. The events will feature special feeding demonstrations [...]
Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese 9:00 am
Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese @ Chuck E. Cheese - Vernon Hills
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Chuck E. Cheese is proud to support families who have children with autism and other special needs. We offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month at participating locations, opening our stores [...]
Carousel Closet Libertyville Resale Event 10:00 am
Carousel Closet Libertyville Resale Event @ Libertyville Sports Complex
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Oct. 5th, 2019 – 9am-5pm • Open to the public, FREE admission! Oct. 6th, 2019 – 10am-3pm • Open to the public, FREE admission PLUS many items additional 50% off! We accept cash and all [...]
Fall Bulb Festival 10:00 am
Fall Bulb Festival @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy family activities and shop for more than 200 varieties of bulbs. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 4 – 6, 2019 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Regular parking fees apply.   Outdoors: [...]
Fall Festival at Grant Township 10:00 am
Fall Festival at Grant Township @ Grant Township Center
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Village of Fox Lake and Grant Township have partnered together to host the Fall Festival at the Grant Township Center. The event will be on Sunday, October 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. [...]
Lake Zurich Fire Department Open House 11:00 am
Lake Zurich Fire Department Open House @ Lake Zurich Fire Department Station #1
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come visit Fire Station 1 at 321 Buesching Road for an informative and fun time. Learn about fire safety, slide the fire pole, have the children hear about fire drills, stop drop & roll and [...]
Volo Bog Tours 11:00 am
Volo Bog Tours @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Truncated version – Marsh tour only – BUT we will talk about Volo Bog and bogs in general. Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.    Saturday & Sunday Our one-hour public tours of Volo Bog are “Truncated.” We’ll [...]
BACT’s Oaktober Fest 12:00 pm
BACT’s Oaktober Fest @ Far Fields Preserve
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join Barrington Area Conservation Trust for its annual fall family festival. All ages are invited to enjoy live music and a bonfire in beautiful Far Field Preserve. Plant native plants and learn about nature! This [...]
Family Open Gym 12:00 pm
Family Open Gym @ Wheeling Community Recreation Center Gym
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
For families with children ages 10 and younger. Spend time with your family in the new Wheeling Park District gymnasium. Children must be accompanied by an adult. *Check the Park District calendar before heading out, [...]
Oaktober Celebration 12:00 pm
Oaktober Celebration @ Round Lake Area Park District Prairie Grass Nature Museum
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Did you know that in Illinois the month of October is known as OAKtober? Join the Prairie Grass Nature Museum in a FREE event celebrating our state tree, the White Oak, and all Oaks, with [...]
Autumn Voyagers 1:00 pm
Autumn Voyagers @ Crabtree Nature Center
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Enjoy a seasonal outing discovering some of our “Autumn Voyagers,” including birds, mammals, insects and more.
OAKtober Celebration 1:00 pm
OAKtober Celebration @ Edward L. Ryerson Welcome Center
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bring the family and join us for a celebration of oak trees and fall. Select the perfect native shrub or tree for your yard at our sale (10 am–3 pm). Join us for nature-themed activities [...]
Creatures of the Night 1:30 pm
Creatures of the Night @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 6 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Experience some creepy, spooky and nocturnal animals of the forest preserves.
Open Swim 1:30 pm
Open Swim @ Buffalo Grove High School
Oct 6 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Pool Closures The Buffalo Grove High School Natatorium closures will be posted at the pool and on the Aquatics page of our website at bgparks.org. Daily entry is $6 during public hours Aquatics Hotline: 847.235.6857 [...]
Waukegan Public Library’s Free Family Movie Series 1:30 pm
Waukegan Public Library’s Free Family Movie Series @ Waukegan Public Library
Oct 6 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Come join the Waukegan Public Library for a family movie! September 15:  Atletico San Pancho September 22: The Kid Who Would Be King September 29: Wonder Park October 6: Selena October 13: Hotel Transylvania II October 20: Goosebumps II October [...]
BIG THINKERS! Storytime and Block Play 2:00 pm
BIG THINKERS! Storytime and Block Play @ Lake Forest Library
Oct 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join us for Big Thinkers Storytime, then stay and enjoy a family‑friendly creative play space and discovery center. Stretch your imagination and explore STEAM topics with stations stocked with blocks and building materials!
Guided Hike Lake County at Grant Woods 2:00 pm
Guided Hike Lake County at Grant Woods @ Grant Woods
Oct 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join us for a 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 [...]
What’s on the Menu? 3:00 pm
What’s on the Menu? @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 6 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join River Trail Nature Center at feeding time to learn about our display animals and their unique habits.
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Family story time at Aspen Drive 10:00 am
Family story time at Aspen Drive @ Cook Memorial Public Library District - Aspen Drive Library
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Family Story Times are lively and fun caregiver/child-shared play-based education programs. Stories, songs, rhymes, and movement are intentionally chosen to strengthen language development during the First Five Years of life. We sing, read, play, talk, [...]
Family Storytme Drop-in 10:00 am
Family Storytme Drop-in @ Grayslake Area Public Library
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
All Ages | DROP IN Stories, songs, crafts, and fun! All ages will enjoy this special time reading about something new each week.
Raising Readers 2:00 pm
Raising Readers @ Zion-Benton Public Library
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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 [...]
Family Storytime 5:30 pm
Family Storytime @ Round Lake Area Public Library
Oct 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Delight and stimulate your child’s senses through books, rhymes, music, movement and a craft. First come, first serve.
Moon over Wheeling 7:00 pm
Moon over Wheeling @ Indian Trails Public LIbrary District
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
All ages. Volunteers from the Lake County Astronomical Society will bring sophisticated telescopes to allow the public to view the moon and other celestial objects. Visitors are welcome to view at any time during the [...]
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BIG THINKERS! Storytime and Block Play 9:30 am
BIG THINKERS! Storytime and Block Play @ Lake Forest Library
Oct 8 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join us for Big Thinkers Storytime, then stay and enjoy a family‑friendly creative play space and discovery center. Stretch your imagination and explore STEAM topics with stations stocked with blocks and building materials!
Lights, Action, CRAFT 10:00 am
Lights, Action, CRAFT @ Fox Lake District Library
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Breaking the mold of traditional storytimes by adding interactive activities, a short film & a craft!
Storytime Tuesdays with Sharon at “Wiggly Field” 10:30 am
Storytime Tuesdays with Sharon at “Wiggly Field” @ Barbara's Bookstore
Oct 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Reading to young children affects their brain activity and may just give them that boost they need to support and promote their early reading skills. Research shows that specific areas of the brain are affected [...]
Storytime with Zion’s Mayor 10:30 am
Storytime with Zion’s Mayor @ Zion-Benton Public Library
Oct 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Join ZB Library for this special storytime featuring a visit from Zion’s mayor, Mr. Billy McKinney!
Tales for Tots 10:30 am
Tales for Tots @ Glencoe Public Library
Oct 8 @ 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.
Kitchen Creations 2:30 pm
Kitchen Creations @ Kohl Children's Museum
Oct 8 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Calling all junior chefs! Join us at Kohl Children’s Museum for our Kitchen Creations program featuring farm-to-table food preparation and nutritious eating. Twice a month we will use a variety of ingredients and transform them [...]
Crafternoons 4:15 pm
Crafternoons @ Glencoe Public Library
Oct 8 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
All ages What could be better than a lazy crafternoon? Create your own crafts out of a wide variety of materials, ranging from the everyday to the entirely unexpected.
Pumpkin Decorating 5:00 pm
Pumpkin Decorating @ Renwood Golf Course,
Oct 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Join RLAPD for a fun night of pumpkin decorating at Renwood Golf Course. All supplies are free, and kids will be able to bring home their carefully crafted masterpieces. *Quantities are limited and available while [...]
DROP-IN Chess with the Chess Nuts 6:30 pm
DROP-IN Chess with the Chess Nuts @ Cook Park Library
Oct 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Looking for a casual, fun game of chess? DROP-IN and play with our amazing selection of unique chess boards, including 4 person chess, Stealth Chess, and 3D chess, to name a few! All skill and [...]
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Wednesday Storytime at Deerfield Square 10:30 am
Wednesday Storytime at Deerfield Square @ Barnes & Noble Deerfield
Oct 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Join Barnes & Noble Deerfield Square every Wednesday at 10:30am in the Kids’ Department on the Hundred Acre Wood stage for Storytime. Fun for ages 2 through 8.
Art Play 10:45 am
Art Play @ Barrington Area Library
Oct 9 @ 10:45 am – 11:30 am
All ages w/caregiver Through process-oriented art, kids explore their imagination and develop creative thinking skills. Join us for an open-ended art project for all ages and abilities. Mess-makers welcome! Location: Story Room Other Information:  Please [...]
Science Sleuths 2:30 pm
Science Sleuths @ Kohl Children\'s Museum
Oct 9 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Science Sleuths lets children become little scientists as they study evidence, make predictions, and test their hypotheses with the guidance of a Museum educator or local professional. Programming takes place approximately every other Wednesday from 2:30 [...]
Family Storytme Drop-in 6:00 pm
Family Storytme Drop-in @ Grayslake Area Public Library
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ALL AGES | DROP IN Stories, singing, crafts and more! The entire family is invited to enjoy these special storytimes. Children younger than age 3 must be accompanied by an adult.  
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Libertyville Farmers Market 7:00 am
Libertyville Farmers Market @ Cook Park
Oct 10 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
In 2019, we are celebrating our 39th year in operation!  This year we have more vendors than ever, so you’ll be able to find more fresh food, flowers and so much more, and also have [...]
BIG THINKERS! Storytime and Block Play 9:30 am
BIG THINKERS! Storytime and Block Play @ Lake Forest Library
Oct 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join us for Big Thinkers Storytime, then stay and enjoy a family‑friendly creative play space and discovery center. Stretch your imagination and explore STEAM topics with stations stocked with blocks and building materials!
Family Story Time at Cook Park Library 10:00 am
Family Story Time at Cook Park Library @ Cook Memorial Public Library District
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Family Story Times are lively and fun caregiver/child shared play-based education programs. Stories, songs, rhymes, and movement are intentionally chosen to strengthen language development during the First Five Years of life. We sing, read, play, [...]
Family Storytme Drop-in 10:00 am
Family Storytme Drop-in @ Grayslake Area Public Library
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
All Ages | DROP IN Stories, songs, crafts, and fun! All ages will enjoy this special time reading about something new each week.
Connecting Kids with Nature 10:30 am
Connecting Kids with Nature @ Greenbelt Cultural Center
Oct 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Unite kids with nature through outdoor exploration. Along the way, learn the benefits of nature play.As kids explore and play in nature they gain confidence, build skills, and use their imagination. Children who connect with [...]
Tales for Tots 10:30 am
Tales for Tots @ Glencoe Public Library
Oct 10 @ 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.
Theatre Games at Kohl Children’s Museum 1:30 pm
Theatre Games at Kohl Children’s Museum @ Kohl Children's Museum
Oct 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Theatre Games It’s time to let your inner actor out with Theatre Games. Through a variety of creative dramatic exercises, we will explore gross and fine motor skills, problem solving, listening and speaking skills, following directions, and [...]
LEGO Mindstorms 3:00 pm
LEGO Mindstorms @ North Chicago Public Library
Oct 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
What’s cooler than programming your own robot? Programming your own robot made of Legos! For grades 4-8.
Family Drop-in Storytime 4:00 pm
Family Drop-in Storytime @ Lake Forest Library
Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
We agree with Napoleon Bonaparte when he said, “Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” Join us Thursdays and make reading a family affair! All [...]
BYOP: Bring Your Own Pumpkin Community Carving Event 6:00 pm
BYOP: Bring Your Own Pumpkin Community Carving Event @ Winthrop Harbor Community Center
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Make your way to the Winthrop Harbor Community Center to enjoy community, carve some pumpkins, and have fun! Feel free to bring your little ones! Pumpkins will NOT be provided- however carving tools and trash [...]
Family Storytime 6:00 pm
Family Storytime @ Fremont Public Library
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
All ages with an adult. Drop in. Dance, sing, play, and read together at this storytime for the whole family! Miss Rachael guides you through bounces for babies, silly songs for big kids, and everything in [...]
LEGO CLUB 6:00 pm
LEGO CLUB @ Fox Lake District Library
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Open to builders of all ages! Enjoy a chance to free build with friends or take on Miss Courtney’s special Master Builder challenges in the Children’s Activity Center! Register for an email reminder so you don’t [...]
Family Story Times at Cook Park 6:30 pm
Family Story Times at Cook Park @ Cook Memorial Public Library District - Cook Park Library
Oct 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
 Listen to stories, sing songs, and learn rhymes during this story time for families. Children can wear their pajamas so they are ready to be tucked into bed when they get home. For children ages [...]
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Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest
Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest @ Downtown Highwood
Oct 11 all-day
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival returns this October once again to attempt to break a world record of most pumpkins carved and lit at once! Come kick off the Fall festival season with friends and [...]
Mr. Kipley’s Halloween Magic & Puppet Show 10:00 am
Mr. Kipley’s Halloween Magic & Puppet Show @ Glencoe Public Library
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
All ages (children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult)   Magician and puppeteer Mr. Kipley will dazzle and delight the audience with his spooky (but not too scary!) Halloween-themed show. Costumes are encouraged!
Friday Fun Times 10:30 am
Friday Fun Times @ Deerfield Public Library
Oct 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for an education and entertaining time at the Library, There’ll be stories, music, and fun!
Math Counts 2:30 pm
Math Counts @ Kohl Children's Museum
Oct 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Math Counts introduces children to the wonderful world of math in a fun, informative way. Enjoy a special storytime before engaging in fun activities that deal with the basic building blocks of math: sets and [...]
Open Swim 7:00 pm
Open Swim @ Buffalo Grove High School
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pool Closures: The Buffalo Grove High School Natatorium closures will be posted at the pool and on the Aquatics page of our website at bgparks.org. Daily entry is $6 during public hours Aquatics Hotline: 847.235.6857 [...]
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‘O’ Gaugers Model Train Run
‘O’ Gaugers Model Train Run @ Fremont Public Library
Oct 12 all-day
Come to the 2nd floor to view the North Central ‘O’ Gaugers’ model trains. Press some buttons and learn all about trains and model train enthusiasts. Click here to learn more about the club. October will [...]
Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest
Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest @ Downtown Highwood
Oct 12 all-day
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival returns this October once again to attempt to break a world record of most pumpkins carved and lit at once! Come kick off the Fall festival season with friends and [...]
Long Grove DIY Scarecrow Day
Long Grove DIY Scarecrow Day @ Historic Downtown Long Grove
Oct 12 all-day
Everyone’s invited to come out to Historic Downtown Long Grove  to help build and dress your own scarecrow to be displayed along the streets of Long Grove. The Historic Downtown Long Grove Business District will [...]
Dr. Sesuss’s The Cat in the Hat 10:00 am
Dr. Sesuss’s The Cat in the Hat @ Northbrook Theatre
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Performance Group: Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences Show Title: Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat Performance Date: Saturdays: October 12, 19, 26, November 2 at 10am & 1pm Sundays: October 20, November 3 at 2pm Weekday Performances: October 17, [...]
Family Time 10:00 am
Family Time @ Deerfield Public Library
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Come to the Youth Program Room for a drop-in storytime the whole family will enjoy!
Grayslake Fall Farmers Market 10:00 am
Grayslake Fall Farmers Market @ 201 Center St, Grayslake
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Grayslake Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization that fosters a sense of community by operating a weekly three season outdoor shopping experience in the historic downtown center that offers farm fresh and prepared foods, [...]
Saturday Kids! 10:00 am
Saturday Kids! @ Grayslake HIstorical Society and Museum
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Look for a free Saturday Kids! program on the second Saturday of each month. April:Do you enjoy planting and working with nature? Do you have a passion for gardening? Have you ever had a pet [...]
Drop-In Chess 10:30 am
Drop-In Chess @ Highland Park Public Library
Oct 12 @ 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.
Saturday Morning Fun at Snicklefritz 10:30 am
Saturday Morning Fun at Snicklefritz @ Snickelfritz Toys
Oct 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Every Saturday (except Labor Day weekend) Until mid-November Snickelfritz Toys will have an activity from 10:30-11:30!  See below for activities and fees. PLEASE call or stop by to sign up so we know how many [...]
Saturday Storytime 10:30 am
Saturday Storytime @ The Book Stall
Oct 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
The Book Stall hosts a free storytime every Saturday at 10:30 AM. 6/23 – Our free Saturday Storytime features special guest star Jacob Grant, author/illustrator of the new picture book, Bear’s Scare! 6/30-Author Ruth Spiro will [...]
Annual Scarecrow Festival 11:00 am
Annual Scarecrow Festival @ Memorial Park in Downtown Barrington
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Don’t miss the annual Barrington Scarecrow Fest at Memorial Park. There will be pumpkin and cookie decorating, pony rides, scarecrow decorating, and lots of fun and games for the entire family!
Citadel Theatre Presents Winnie the Pooh 11:00 am
Citadel Theatre Presents Winnie the Pooh @ Gorton Community Center
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS is a delightful show based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney animated feature film. Featuring favorite songs from the film, as well as new hits [...]
GO Mundelein Walk with Your Dog 11:00 am
GO Mundelein Walk with Your Dog @ Keith Mione Community Park
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
GO MUNDELEIN is a new community movement designed to increase community health through activity, education and collaboration. This movement is in response to the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy’s call to action at the [...]
Saturday Storytime 11:00 am
Saturday Storytime @ Ela Area Publc Library
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Enjoy stories, songs & crafts every Saturday morning. This program is for accompanied children of all ages.
Volo Bog Tours 11:00 am
Volo Bog Tours @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Truncated version – Marsh tour only – BUT we will talk about Volo Bog and bogs in general. Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.    Saturday & Sunday Our one-hour public tours of Volo Bog are “Truncated.” We’ll [...]
Birdwatching Hot Spots: Fort Sheridan 12:00 pm
Birdwatching Hot Spots: Fort Sheridan @ Fort Sheridan
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join LCFPD at this Lake County birding hot spot to look for waterfowl, raptors and other migratory species. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available.FREE. No registration required. Adult supervision required. Park in main parking lot and [...]
Doggy Trick or Treat 12:00 pm
Doggy Trick or Treat @ Keith Mione COmmunity Park
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Dress up your dog and have your pooch show off their best tricks for treats at our second annual doggy trick-or-treat! Families and all friendly dogs are welcome at this on-leash free howl-o-ween event. Strut [...]
Citadel Theatre Presents Winnie the Pooh 1:00 pm
Citadel Theatre Presents Winnie the Pooh @ Gorton Community Center
Oct 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS is a delightful show based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney animated feature film. Featuring favorite songs from the film, as well as new hits [...]
Dr. Sesuss’s The Cat in the Hat 1:00 pm
Dr. Sesuss’s The Cat in the Hat @ Northbrook Theatre
Oct 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Performance Group: Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences Show Title: Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat Performance Date: Saturdays: October 12, 19, 26, November 2 at 10am & 1pm Sundays: October 20, November 3 at 2pm Weekday Performances: October 17, [...]
Wooden Train Play 1:00 pm
Wooden Train Play @ Fremont Public Library
Oct 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Build your own large track layouts with our wooden trains.
Open Swim 1:30 pm
Open Swim @ Buffalo Grove High School
Oct 12 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Pool Closures The Buffalo Grove High School Natatorium closures will be posted at the pool and on the Aquatics page of our website at bgparks.org. Daily entry is $6 during public hours Aquatics Hotline: 847.235.6857 [...]
Fox Lake Pumpkin Jubilee 3:00 pm
Fox Lake Pumpkin Jubilee @ Community Garden Green
Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Village of Fox Lake will host their second annual Pumpkin Jubilee on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Community Garden Green located at 17 E. School Ct. Fox Lake, IL. The event will be [...]
What’s on the Menu? 3:00 pm
What’s on the Menu? @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join River Trail Nature Center at feeding time to learn about our display animals and their unique habits.
Family Neon Jump Night 8:00 pm
Family Neon Jump Night @ Rockin' Jump Buffalo Grove
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Neon Jump Night is our “All Ages” open jump night. Come play under the Rockin’ Jump bright neon Glow Lights! Hit our Glow Station on the way in and get your glow paint on from 8 [...]
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CROCtoberfest
CROCtoberfest @ Wildlife Discovery Center
Oct 13 all-day
CROCtoberfest will now be a month-long celebration of our ancient reptiles, the crocodilians. Wildlife Discovery Center will be exploring a new group of crocodilians each Sunday in October. The events will feature special feeding demonstrations [...]
Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest
Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest @ Downtown Highwood
Oct 13 all-day
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival returns this October once again to attempt to break a world record of most pumpkins carved and lit at once! Come kick off the Fall festival season with friends and [...]
Festival del Mole y Pozole en Waukegan 10:00 am
Festival del Mole y Pozole en Waukegan @ Belvidere Discount Mall
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Regresa a Waukegan uno de los festivales gastronómicos con mas sabor. Ven con toda la familia a disfrutar de una amplia variedad de Moles y Pozoles, ademas: -Brincolines para Ninos -Pintacaritas -Música en Vivo -Área [...]
Sukkot Family Activities 10:00 am
Sukkot Family Activities @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday Sukkot with arts and crafts activities to decorate the sukkah. Celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday Sukkot! Families are invited to help decorate the branch-covered sukkah, which will be on display at [...]
Citadel Theatre Presents Winnie the Pooh 11:00 am
Citadel Theatre Presents Winnie the Pooh @ Gorton Community Center
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS is a delightful show based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney animated feature film. Featuring favorite songs from the film, as well as new hits [...]
Spooky Pooch Parade 11:00 am
Spooky Pooch Parade @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  Tickets in advance (purchased on or before October 12): $17/$22 Day-of tickets (purchased on October 13): $23/$28 For two very special hours only, dogs are allowed in the Chicago Botanic Garden. Cleverly costumed canines [...]
Volo Bog Tours 11:00 am
Volo Bog Tours @ Volo Bog State Natural Area
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Truncated version – Marsh tour only – BUT we will talk about Volo Bog and bogs in general. Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.    Saturday & Sunday Our one-hour public tours of Volo Bog are “Truncated.” We’ll [...]
Family Open Gym 12:00 pm
Family Open Gym @ Wheeling Community Recreation Center Gym
Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
For families with children ages 10 and younger. Spend time with your family in the new Wheeling Park District gymnasium. Children must be accompanied by an adult. *Check the Park District calendar before heading out, [...]
Citadel Theatre Presents Winnie the Pooh 1:00 pm
Citadel Theatre Presents Winnie the Pooh @ Gorton Community Center
Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS is a delightful show based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney animated feature film. Featuring favorite songs from the film, as well as new hits [...]
Lake Forest Then & Now Auto Show 1:00 pm
Lake Forest Then & Now Auto Show @ Train Station Parking Lot
Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lake Forest “Then and Now” Auto Show Celebrating a Century of Motorcar Excellence ​Join us as we celebrate a century of motorcar excellence at our inaugural Lake Forest “Then and Now” Auto Show featuring a display of vintage [...]
Meet Me at the Park 1:00 pm
Meet Me at the Park @ Various Wheeling Parks - See Below
Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Wheeling Park District was selected to receive funding to continue it’s Unplug at the Park program and was one of only 25 Meet Me at the Park grant recipients nationwide in 2019. Meet Me at the [...]
Spooky Train Run 1:00 pm
Spooky Train Run @ Fremont Public LIbrary
Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come for a special Halloween display from the North Central ‘O’ Gaugers. No model trains running in November. Press some buttons and learn all about trains and model train enthusiasts. Click here to learn more about [...]
Falling into Autumn Walk 1:30 pm
Falling into Autumn Walk @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 13 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Spectacular fall colors to view while enjoying a casual walk in the woods.  
Open Swim 1:30 pm
Open Swim @ Buffalo Grove High School
Oct 13 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Pool Closures The Buffalo Grove High School Natatorium closures will be posted at the pool and on the Aquatics page of our website at bgparks.org. Daily entry is $6 during public hours Aquatics Hotline: 847.235.6857 [...]
Waukegan Public Library’s Free Family Movie Series 1:30 pm
Waukegan Public Library’s Free Family Movie Series @ Waukegan Public Library
Oct 13 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Come join the Waukegan Public Library for a family movie! September 15:  Atletico San Pancho September 22: The Kid Who Would Be King September 29: Wonder Park October 6: Selena October 13: Hotel Transylvania II October 20: Goosebumps II October [...]
BIG THINKERS! Storytime and Block Play 2:00 pm
BIG THINKERS! Storytime and Block Play @ Lake Forest Library
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join us for Big Thinkers Storytime, then stay and enjoy a family‑friendly creative play space and discovery center. Stretch your imagination and explore STEAM topics with stations stocked with blocks and building materials!
Guided Hike Lake County at Van Patten Woods 2:00 pm
Guided Hike Lake County at Van Patten Woods @ Van Patten Woods
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Join us for a 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, [...]
What’s on the Menu? 3:00 pm
What’s on the Menu? @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join River Trail Nature Center at feeding time to learn about our display animals and their unique habits.
Stage to Screen Series 4:00 pm
Stage to Screen Series @ John & Nancy Hughes Theater
Oct 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
From Stage to Screen is curated with Citadel Theatre’s Artistic Director Scott Phelps and in conjunction with their theatrical season, Gorton programs films similar in theme or from the same artist as productions on Citadel’s stage. [...]
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Drop-in Craft
Drop-in Craft @ Deerfield Public Library
Oct 14 all-day
Stop by the Youth Services desk to pick-up a craft pack that you can either do in the Library or take home.
Family story time at Aspen Drive 10:00 am
Family story time at Aspen Drive @ Cook Memorial Public Library District - Aspen Drive Library
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Family Story Times are lively and fun caregiver/child-shared play-based education programs. Stories, songs, rhymes, and movement are intentionally chosen to strengthen language development during the First Five Years of life. We sing, read, play, talk, [...]
Family Storytme Drop-in 10:00 am
Family Storytme Drop-in @ Grayslake Area Public Library
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
All Ages | DROP IN Stories, songs, crafts, and fun! All ages will enjoy this special time reading about something new each week.
Movie in Spanish: Disney’s “Coco” 10:00 am
Movie in Spanish: Disney’s “Coco” @ Warren Newport Public Library
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bring your favorite beverages and snacks to watch the award-wining movie, Coco, on our big screen. Rated G. Animal crackers will be served. Raffle drawing held to win DVD. REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED
Drop-in Maker Mania at Lake Forest Library 10:30 am
Drop-in Maker Mania at Lake Forest Library @ Lake Forest Library
Oct 14 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Make today a maker day! Drop in anytime between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm for high-tech and low-tech DIY projects on everything from creating candy catapults to constructing moving, flashing, ringing gizmos and bots.
Fall Dance Jam 10:30 am
Fall Dance Jam @ Deerfield Public Library
Oct 14 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
For children up to age 6, with a caregiver Shake your sillies out at this action-packed dance program. Children will find their rhythm with shakers and singing along to their favorite songs. No registration required!
Incredible Bats 11:00 am
Incredible Bats @ Fox Lake District Library
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
No School this Columbus Day? Come to the library to see real bats and other animals at this informative live animal show. Sugar gliders, reptiles, bats, and more! Family Free Fun! Registration is NOT required [...]
Playdate with Nature 1:00 pm
Playdate with Nature @ Old School Forest Preserve
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial for all ages. Celebrate seasonal fun outdoors. Exploration and imaginaton; Build forts, find fall color, follow a trail. Nature provides infinite possibilities to express [...]
Falling into Autumn Walk 1:30 pm
Falling into Autumn Walk @ River Trail Nature Center
Oct 14 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Spectacular fall colors to view while enjoying a casual walk in the woods.  
Movie Matinee 2:00 pm
Movie Matinee @ Warren Newport Public Library
Oct 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bring beverages and snacks to watch this movie on our big screen. Animal crackers will be served. A raffle drawing will be held to win the DVD. REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED Movie: Coco
Raising Readers 2:00 pm
Raising Readers @ Zion-Benton Public Library
Oct 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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 [...]
Family Storytime 5:30 pm
Family Storytime @ Round Lake Area Public Library
Oct 14 @ 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Delight and stimulate your child’s senses through books, rhymes, music, movement and a craft. First come, first serve.
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Drop-in Craft
Drop-in Craft @ Deerfield Public Library
Oct 15 all-day
Stop by the Youth Services desk to pick-up a craft pack that you can either do in the Library or take home.
BIG THINKERS! Storytime and Block Play 9:30 am
BIG THINKERS! Storytime and Block Play @ Lake Forest Library
Oct 15 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm