Kid’s Guide to Civil War Days

{Editor’s Note: this was originally posted by Visit Lake County on July 10, 2014 and has been updated to reflect 2015 event dates}

History is Fun at Civil War Days!

Looking for something new to do?  Want to try something different that the kids will like too?  Okay, hear me out… The Civil War Days Encampment is coming back to Lake County, and it’s not at ALL what you think it is.  Well, maybe a little bit.  It’s full of history and you won’t find any flat screen TV’s, but what you will find is live cannon fire, soldiers on horseback, shopping areas full of wooden toys and an entire scene of hundreds of people reenacting a war scene.Kid's Guide to Civil War Days

There’s plenty for kids to do at this event, and they won’t be bored because odds are, that they’ve never seen something like this!  I had no idea when I went last year that it was going to be on such a large scale.  There were horses and soldiers of all kinds of ranks, and they all played a part.

Things to Know!

  • Location:  Lakewood Forest Preserve, Wauconda (Corner of Rte. 176 & Fairfield)
  • Hours:  Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tickets:  $10 Adults, $5 Youth (Ages 4-17), Under 3 is free!!
  • Two Day Passes save you a few bucks if you want to go to both events
  • Saturday Battle:  3 p.m., Sunday Battle: 1:30 p.m.
  • Grab an ear of grilled corn and eat it as you stroll through campsites full of “soldiers”.  Ask them questions and learn about how their campsites and uniforms are accurate to the Civil War EraKid's Guide to Civil War Days
  • See how President Lincoln’s arrival can rally the troops!
  • Visit Union and Confederate campsites and experience what they would have looked like in the Civil War Days.  Hundreds of reenactors will be sewing up uniforms, cooking beans over an open campfire, and getting “ready for the battle”.
  • The battle starts at as they march out to the battlefield to piccolo and drums, the stage is set!  Hear the explanation of the battle how it actually took place, and be there as history comes to life!
  • See the Civilian campsites and see how people on the move kept their spirits high with live music, dancing and craft booths.
  • When the battle is over, head to the Lake County Discovery Museum to see their interactive, kid-friendly “History of Lake County’ in the children’s learning gallery. (click here for a printable coupon!)
  • Don’t forget to bring water! It can get really hot this time of year so be sure to stay ahead of your thirst!  You might want to bring a blanket and some chairs also because once the bleachers and picnic tables fill up, it can be pretty exhausting if you’re stuck standing in the July sun! Oh, and sunscreen and mosquito repellent!

Kid's Guide to Civil War Days

It really is a great way to spend a day, doing something different and making memories that will stand out.  Check out our blog about Civil War Days 2013 Here!

Find other things to do around Lake County like Kid-tivities, outdoor fun, and Six Flags adventures!

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The Lake County, Illinois Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes Lake County as a tourist destination for travelers through events, special offers, hotel packages and all of our exciting attractions and things to do for families.

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