Top Ten Things to Do in April {2018}

Our April Top 10 is presented by Gorton Community Center, presenting the Lightwire Theater from NBC's America's Got Talent. Their show "Moon Mouse" is perfect for children ages 3-10 and tickets are only $15!

Finding something to do has never been easier than searching our full calendar!  But with so many options, we’ve pulled some of our favorite events and put them in our popular Top Ten Things to Do this month feature!  Here are our top ten events to do in April, brought to you by Gorton Community Center!

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Top April Events for Families in Lake County

Events are listed in no particular order, please follow the links for more information.


  1. Earth Week- Playdate with Nature
    April 16–  Earth Day is a great time to teach your kids why it is so important to love our earth — but it is also important to share with them how we can enjoy it, too!  Celebrate nature with fun at Independence Grove with other families eager to enjoy the outdoors!
  2. Smilin’ Saturday Stories
    April 7–  Enjoy classic tales brought to you by Improv Playhouse with some improv, songs, lessons and hilarity to enjoy a free morning out!  Seats are limited, but free!
  3. Summer Camp Open House & Cookie Decorating
    April 14– Are you looking for a fun, flexible camp for the summer or days off of school?  Taste Buds Kitchen offers camps that meet your family’s needs.  Swing by to meet the staff and see what camp might be like and decorate a cookie as a trial run!
  4. Animal Babies
    April 29– Spring is when we get to see all of the new beginnings, and baby animals might be the best part!
  5. Rookery Watch
    April 7– If you’re a native to Lake County, or have been here long enough, you know that herons are one of the beautiful animals we can see regularly.  I’ve never been with someone who could ignore a heron that was nearby, they’re unique enough, but still easily found here.  Eager to learn more and see them nesting?  Why not join the Lake County Audubon volunteers to learn and see more?
  6. Messy Playdate
    April 21 – Dress for a mess and Learn about the Lake County JCC! The Messy Play Date will include building mud castles, blowing colored bubbles, balloon stomping, face painting and more!
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  7. Moon Mouse A Space Odyssey
    April 8- Head out to Gorton Community Center for an incredible show about an outcast, adventure and acceptance.  A science experiment takes Marvin to the moon where he learns more than just about outer space. (Tickets $15, two shows.)
  8. Muse: Fine & Performing Arts Festival
    April 11– Join students and staff at Grayslake North High School for an interactive art experience for children of all ages! Watch, participate and learn, all while supporting the students at GNHS.
  9. Dave DiNasso’s Traveling World of Reptiles
    April 22– Have over to the Grayslake Area Public Library for an experience with reptiles you won’t want to miss!
  10. Earth Day
    April 21– Gather with other community members to celebrate Earth Day with a community wide clean up.  After, refreshments, raffles, and more will be available to celebrate Earth Day!

Bonus! Parent Only Event: Join Little Lake County at the annual Busy Brains Brain Builder Gala Tell the Tale. On April 13 at the Lehman Mansion, help raise the funds to open Lake County’s first children’s museum. Tickets are $40 each.


What’s on your calendar in pen this month?

Gorton Community Center is thrilled to debut Moon Mouse from Lightwire Theater on Sunday, April 8th.

This beautiful and innovative theatrical production is a cosmic adventure is about celebrating differences.  Join Marvin the mouse on the space adventure of a lifetime; a trip to the surface of the moon where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures.  This show is perfect for children age 3-10. There will be two shows: 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available on the Gorton Community Center website.

Lightwire Theater was featured as a semi-finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The group was also the winner of Tru TV’s Fake Off. Get a peek at the show below:

Disclosure: Some events listed feature Little Lake County advertising partners. Gorton Community Center is the paid sponsor of the April 2018 Top Ten guide.

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Alli is a boldly authentic mom to three- because who has time to fake it? She enjoys almost all things that moms get to do and strives to find joy in every day. Along with her supportive husband, Alli can be seen (or heard) around Lake County chasing runaway children, eating ice cream and holding someone's hand.

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