This weekend is full of new adventures in Lake County, as we welcome in spring. The family has plenty of options with events happening indoors and outside. Let's look at things to do this weekend, March 24-26, 2023.
Say farewell to a local animal sanctuary in Lake Forest. Don a costume at the museum in Volo. A country music legend gets a well-deserved tribute in Lincolnshire. There is a whole night of dancing in Round Lake Beach. A horticulture exhibit is showcased in Glencoe. Look at the top five things to do this weekend, March 24-26, 2023.
Rob Carmichael, the Lake Forest sanctuary's curator for 25 years, is calling it quits. Before Carmichael heads into the sunset of retirement, take the family to see over 150 unique reptiles and other critters at Wildlife Discovery Center, including their rattlesnake collection, lizards, snakes of all shapes and sizes, turtles, tortoises, crocodiles, an assortment of frogs, a baby sloth and more. The inhabitants of the habitats are waving farewell before they head out to other animal sanctuaries or back into the wild. Unfortunately, the Lake Forest center has closed the outdoor exhibitions. The Wildlife Discovery Center remains open through March 24. Carmichael, his staff, and his furry, feathered and scaley homies will be missed.
Friday, March 24; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations accepted. Wildlife Discovery Center, 1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest.
You'll get another day's use out of last year's Halloween costume at Volo Museum's 23rd installment of the Princess and Superhero Spring Break event. Any child ages 12 and younger dressed in their favorite costume will receive free admission into the museum. Volunteers will wear capes, masks, makeup, gowns, don crowns, and tiaras to interact and take pictures with the kids. Photo-ops with the prestigious Hollywood automobiles, face painting by InnoKreative Arts, food trucks, and more highlight the event.
Saturday, March 25; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $12.95-$31.95 per person. Volo Museum, 27582 Volo Village Rd., Volo.
Visit the Marriott Theatre for a night to remember as Katie Deal performs as Dolly Parton. Parton is the most decorated country performer achieving 25 RIAA Certified Gold, multi-platinum status and having 25 songs to reach no. 1 on the Billboard Country charts. Parton has 41 career top 10 country albums and 110 charted singles for over four decades. Katie Deal takes on the challenging task of emulating her renowned live shows. Deal, an award-winning country artist and the recipient of the Georgia Country Artist of the Year award has also sung the songs of legend Patsy Cline. The Lincolnshire show will feature Parton hits like "I Will Always Love You," "Jolene," "9 to 5," and more.
Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26; Sat.: 7:30 p.m., Sun.: 1 p.m. Tickets: $55. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.
After a long work week, boogie, shimmy, and cut a rug at the Cultural and Civic Center of Round Lake Beach's Friday Nights Latin Night. Before you bust a move, Ivan Flores from LatinoXpressions Dance and Fitness Studio walks you through salsa steps. Then, put your jukes to the test when Trabuco Salsa Band hits the stage performing live tunes from its genre and top hits on the Billboard charts. The Round Lake Beach Friday night party is for individuals ages 18 and older. The event also provides eats and alcoholic beverages for purchase.
Friday, March 24; 7-11 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cover: $10 per person. Cultural and Civic Center of Round Lake Beach, 2007, Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach.
Roses are red, violets are blue, and orchids range from gray, purple, pink, and red, and the Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting a show of it, too. The Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show: Magnified, a one-of-a-kind display in the Chicago area, features the striking 25-foot-wide flower this year. More than 12,000 brilliantly beautiful and unusual orchids worldwide will extend throughout the Regenstein Center, including lush presentations within the greenhouses. Take advantage of your last opportunity to see the orchids, as the exhibit closes this Sunday. For tickets, visit ChicagoBotanic.org.
Friday-Sunday, March 24-26; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: $5-$19 (parking fee not included). Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.
If you want something to do over spring break, click here for our comprehensive guide, Spring Break in Lake County 2023.
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