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Lake County Family Fun Guide
Water parks, ice skating, tasty candy, basketball, mini golf and laser tag just to scratch the surface...

Zip down the thrilling waterslides at Hurricane Harbor. Experience Six Flags' interactive ride JUSTICE LEAGUE, take a maniacal trip on THE JOKER or take the GOLIATH challenge on the tallest, fastest and steepest wooden roller coaster in the world! Are your kids challenging you to a game of one-on-one? Head over to Libertyville Sports Complex for sports and exercise. Visit Volo Auto Museum to see cars from the cinemas like the Delorean from "Back to the Future," the original Batmobile and other famous vehicles. Bring the family for a weekend in Lake County that you won’t forget.

Kidtivities
There's no time to be bored with so much to do! Explore the many kid-friendly activities waiting for your family in Lake County!
Top Picks
There is so much to do in Lake County we've selected some of the most popular picks for family fun.
Museums
Lake County offers a rich past and a respectable collection of family-friendly museums and historical locations.
Hidden Gems
From sitting in Scooby Doo's Mystery Machine to building a robot, there are many "hidden gems" just waiting to be found.
Kid's First Experiences
There's a first for everything. Let your children explore Lake County like you did before them.

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Lake County Family Events

11/16/18 - 11/16/18 Kartemquin presents Keep Talking
11/16/18 - 11/16/18 Astronomy Night
11/16/18 - 11/16/18 Baroque to Baby Concert
11/09/18 - 11/17/18 Deerfield Family Theater: Little Shop of Horrors
11/09/18 - 11/17/18 College Theatre presents "A Doll's House"
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 Holiday Cooking Event
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 Rhythm Future Quartet
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 Turkey Shoot
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 Jelly Belly's Tree Lighting and Celebration
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 Fall Family Fest
11/17/18 - 11/17/18 Highland Park Light Up the Night
11/16/18 - 11/18/18 Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine and Jukebox Show
11/16/18 - 11/18/18 Create your Own Glass Pumpkin
11/17/18 - 11/18/18 Lake County Model Railroad Club Open House
11/17/18 - 11/18/18 Country Christmas
11/18/18 - 11/18/18 Take Your Christmas Tree to the Next Level
11/18/18 - 11/18/18 42nd Annual Guest Artist Concert: John Fedchock
11/18/18 - 11/18/18 Thanksgiving for Nature Scavenger Hunt
11/18/18 - 11/18/18 Kid's Cooking Class - Pumpkin Pancakes
11/18/18 - 11/18/18 Free Movie Night: Cars 3
11/18/18 - 11/18/18 Folk Concert featuring Blind Squirrel
11/18/18 - 11/18/18 Grayslake Central Turkey Trot
11/20/18 - 11/20/18 Tinkering Through Time: Lake County Inventors
11/21/18 - 11/21/18 Deerfield's Tree Lighting
11/21/18 - 11/21/18 Legit Ice and Dogs at Roaring Table
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Wauconda Turkey Trot
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Thanksgiving Day Dinner Buffet at Chessie's
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Thanksgiving Dinner at Saluto's Pizza & Pasta
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Thanksgiving at Wright's Brew & Bistro
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Thanksgiving at Dover Straits Seafood House
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Thanksgiving Bash
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Turkey Day Bootcamp
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Thanksgiving at Maggiano's Little Italy
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Thanksgiving at Karma Pub
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Thanksgiving Dinner at Flemings Steakhouse
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Long Grove Turkey Trot
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 Thanksgiving Buffet at Three Embers
11/22/18 - 11/22/18 North Shore Turkey Trot 5K and 10K
11/22/18 - 11/23/18 Gurnee Mills Black Friday
11/23/18 - 11/23/18 Grayslake Giving Trees
11/23/18 - 11/23/18 From Prairie to Village Art Unveiling
11/23/18 - 11/23/18 Black Friday Bash
11/23/18 - 11/23/18 Libertyville Tree Lighting and Downtown Holiday Walk
11/23/18 - 11/23/18 Fa-La-La Film Fest: Home Alone
11/23/18 - 11/23/18 Round Lake Beach Holiday Tree Lighting
11/23/18 - 11/23/18 Grayslake Tree Lighting Festival & Holiday Market
11/24/18 - 11/24/18 Small Business Saturday Libertyville Shopping Tour
11/24/18 - 11/24/18 Vernon Hills Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony
11/24/18 - 11/24/18 Libertyville's Cool 5K/10K
11/19/18 - 11/25/18 Thanksgiving Special
11/22/18 - 11/25/18 Thanksgiving/Black Friday Sale
11/23/18 - 11/25/18 Holiday Arts and Crafts Show
11/28/18 - 11/28/18 DIY Wood Sign Workshop
11/30/18 - 11/30/18 Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
12/01/18 - 12/01/18 Zion Holiday Express
12/01/18 - 12/01/18 Celebrate the Holidays
12/01/18 - 12/01/18 The Polar Express
12/01/18 - 12/01/18 The Genesee Theatre's Holiday Film Series: The Muppets and Elf
12/01/18 - 12/01/18 Lincolnshire's Tree Lighting Ceremony
12/01/18 - 12/01/18 Selfies with Santa
12/01/18 - 12/01/18 Tree Lighting at Jack Benny Plaza
12/01/18 - 12/01/18 Wauconda's Holiday Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony
12/01/18 - 12/01/18 Miracle on Main Street
12/01/18 - 12/02/18 Breakfast with Santa
12/02/18 - 12/02/18 The Colors of Christmas featuring Peabo Bryson, Taylor Dayne, Jon Secada & Deniece Williams
12/02/18 - 12/02/18 Polar Express Storytime Train
12/02/18 - 12/02/18 Soothing Santa
12/02/18 - 12/02/18 Santa Slimeology Lab
12/02/18 - 12/02/18 Brunch with Santa
12/02/18 - 12/02/18 Caring Santa
12/02/18 - 12/02/18 Viking Park Singers Annual Holiday Concert
12/03/18 - 12/03/18 Bicentennial Celebration
12/03/18 - 12/03/18 Adult Art Workshop - Sleigh Ride Mixed Media Reindeer Canvas
12/05/18 - 12/05/18 Kids Only Holiday Shop
12/06/18 - 12/06/18 Santa Supper & Craft Fair
12/06/18 - 12/06/18 Holiday Train in Viking Park
12/06/18 - 12/06/18 Santa Event - Take a Selfie with our Elfie & Princesses
12/06/18 - 12/06/18 Cork Ornament Making Event
12/04/18 - 12/07/18 Santa on the North Pole Express Trains
12/07/18 - 12/07/18 Magician / Illusionist Kevin Spencer
12/07/18 - 12/07/18 First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
12/01/18 - 12/08/18 MainStreet Presents Dickens of a Holiday
12/07/18 - 12/08/18 Deerfield's Annual Winter Celebration
12/08/18 - 12/08/18 The Polar Express Story Time Train
12/08/18 - 12/08/18 Cocoa Classic
12/08/18 - 12/08/18 Brunch with Santa
12/08/18 - 12/08/18 Gurnee's Breakfast with Santa
12/08/18 - 12/08/18 The Magic of the Nutcracker
12/08/18 - 12/08/18 Lake County Symphony Orchestra: Welcome Christmas
12/08/18 - 12/08/18 Waukegan's Christmas With the Clauses
12/08/18 - 12/08/18 Perform-a-thon 2018: Making Spirits Bright
12/08/18 - 12/08/18 Christmas Concert
12/08/18 - 12/08/18 The Tempel Lipizzans Behind-The-Scenes Tour
12/08/18 - 12/09/18 Zurko Antique and Flea Market
12/09/18 - 12/09/18 Pet Photo Night
12/09/18 - 12/09/18 Lunch with Santa
12/09/18 - 12/09/18 Illinois Brass Band Holiday Concert
12/09/18 - 12/09/18 A Magical Cirque Christmas
12/09/18 - 12/09/18 Lunch with Santa
12/09/18 - 12/09/18 Hanukkah Concert
12/10/18 - 12/10/18 Jazz Combos Winter Concert
12/12/18 - 12/12/18 Small Discoveries: Winter Wonderland
11/29/18 - 12/13/18 Advanced Holiday Sewing Workshop
12/13/18 - 12/13/18 The Phantom of the Opera
12/13/18 - 12/13/18 Paint Nite at the Lodge - Joy Ride
12/11/18 - 12/14/18 Santa on the North Pole Express Trains
12/14/18 - 12/14/18 Charlie Brown Christmas Jazz with Chris White Trio
12/14/18 - 12/14/18 Navy Band Great Lakes Holiday Concert
09/29/18 - 12/15/18 Grayslake Fall Market
11/30/18 - 12/15/18 Santa's Cottage
12/15/18 - 12/15/18 Breakfast with Santa at Rainforest Cafe
12/08/18 - 12/16/18 It's A Wonderful Life Radio Play
12/08/18 - 12/16/18 Breakfast With Santa at Lambs Farm
12/13/18 - 12/16/18 Quentin Road Christmas Musical
12/15/18 - 12/16/18 Breakfast with Santa at Chicago Botanic Garden
12/16/18 - 12/16/18 Brunch with Santa
12/16/18 - 12/16/18 Symbols of Illinois: Cardinal
12/16/18 - 12/16/18 Gingerbread House Decorating Party
11/16/18 - 12/23/18 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
11/23/18 - 12/23/18 Create your Own Glass Ornament / Icicles
11/23/18 - 12/23/18 Vintage Holidays
11/23/18 - 12/23/18 Santa's Frozen Village
11/10/18 - 12/24/18 Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop
11/16/18 - 12/24/18 It's Santa Photo Time
12/01/18 - 12/24/18 Ultimate Holiday Sale
11/23/18 - 12/25/18 Long Grove Holiday Season
10/05/18 - 12/30/18 Shrek the Musical
07/01/18 - 12/31/18 Embracing Change: The Growth of Grayslake
11/22/18 - 12/31/18 Dickens Holiday Village
11/23/18 - 12/31/18 Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa Visits
11/23/18 - 12/31/18 Santa's Rock n Lights
11/23/18 - 12/31/18 Holiday in the Park
11/22/18 - 01/01/19 Kringle's Christmas Village Tour in Antioch-2018
11/23/18 - 01/07/19 Wonderland Express
11/16/18 - 02/15/19 Family Fun Fridays
Ongoing The Sanctuary Buffet at The Chocolate Sanctuary
Ongoing Cruise Night at Miller's Dog N Suds
Ongoing Lambs Farm - Farmyard Open for the Season
Ongoing Art Exhibition: Head in the Trees
Ongoing Ravinia Farmers Market
Ongoing Rainforest Cafe Educational Adventure
Ongoing Yarnstorm Club
Ongoing Carl and Lily Tolpo: Art Osmosis
Ongoing Family Movie Series
Ongoing Holiday Decorations at Cuneo Mansion Tours
Ongoing 20th Century Children's Toys
Ongoing Kids Eat Free Mondays & Tuesdays at O'Toole's
Ongoing Bunny Hill Basics
Ongoing Navy Tails: Animals in the U.S. Navy
Ongoing A Retrospective on the Caricatures of Native Son Frank Willmarth
Ongoing Jump N Jam Fridays
Ongoing Jack Benny: From Waukegan to Hollywood
Ongoing $2 Dollar Tuesdays at Lindys
Ongoing Fish Fry Friday
Ongoing Jump Fitness
Ongoing Chocolate Factory Tour
Ongoing Wednesday Night Dinners at Bonnie Brook
Ongoing Children's Museum at the Round Lake Area Park District


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LakeCounty
No matter which route you take, all roads lead to fun in Lake County, Illinois, which is located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Lake County is home to 170 lakes and rivers, 30,000 acres of lush forest preserves, miles of hiking and biking trails, Six Flags Great America, Naval Station Great Lakes, Ravinia Festival and sandy beaches along Lake Michigan's shoreline. Family adventure is around every turn and awaits you in Lake County.
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