Lake County, Illinois Convention and Visitors Bureau – Kids Activities in Lake County
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Kids Activities in Lake County

Kids' events and activities are around every corner...

There’s no reason to be bored with so much to do! Next weekend, let curiosities (young and old) run wild in Lake County!

Spend an afternoon racing cars, getting the bad guys and whacking pesky moles with your favorite little ones at Tilt Studio in Gurnee Mills. Swing by the Rainforest Café and have lunch with the fun creatures of the tropical jungle. 

Learning can be fun with interesting museums like the nationally-accredited Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County in Libertyville. Kids can see a life-sized replica of the dinosaur Dryptosaurus, tour exhibition galleries to learn about the history of Lake County, and take part in fun and educational programs and events. 

Spend a day on a farm with the family and get up-close and personal with farm animals at Lambs Farm. Take a kid-friendly train ride around the farm and feed some of the barnyard favorites like goats, sheep and cows. Enjoy the outdoors? The Chicago Botanic Garden offers fun classes for kids of all ages where they can learn about planting, making their own treats or visiting the model train garden.

See your favorite Hollywood cars like the Cat In the Hat car, the Scooby Doo Mystery Mobile, or the Batmobile at the Volo Auto Museum and then go for a hike in the Volo Bog State Natural Area.

Perfect your putting with mini golf! Conquer the volcano at Aloha Falls in Libertyville or the "world's most unusual golf course" at Lincolnshire's Par-King Skill Golf. Then, set your sight's high above and get active at Libertyville Sports Complexclimbing a rock wall, or the NEW Boundless Adventures, for ropes and ziplining!

Next weekend, surprise the kids with a fun-filled trip to Lake County!

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Adler Park
(Libertyville)
Any season is a good time to come to Adler Park. When its warm enjoy the swimming pool, trails, play...

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Aloha Falls Miniature Golf & Games
(Libertyville)
Seasonal facility offering outdoor miniature golf, a retro arcade, cafe and bar from spring to fall....

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Artist at Heart
(Libertyville)
Artist at Heart offers a whole host of fun activities for the entire family! Paint on canvas, mosaic...

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Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
(Gurnee)
Bass Pro Shops has established itself as the prime destination for all your outdoor needs. Gorgeous ...

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Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
(Libertyville)
ARRIVE CURIOUS. LEAVE INSPIRED. Be led through time among life-size dinosaurs, fossils and more. Enj...

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Boundless Adventures
(Bristol)
Opening in June 2019, Boundless Adventures is family owned business empowering and inspiring people ...

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Bowen Park
(Waukegan)
Bowen Park has been transformed into a public park with the widest possible range of recreation faci...

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Bristol Renaissance Faire
(Bristol)
For 9 glorious weekends starting in early July, each Saturday and Sunday, plus Labor Day Monday, vis...

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Brunswick Zone - Deerfield
(Deerfield)
Brunswick operates family-friendly entertainment centers, offering the very best in bowling, billiar...

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Brunswick Zone - Vernon Hills
(Vernon Hills)
Brunswick operates family-friendly entertainment centers, offering the very best in bowling, billiar...

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Brunswick Zone - Waukegan
(Waukegan)
Brunswick operates family-friendly entertainment centers, offering the very best in bowling, billiar...

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Ceramics For You - Gurnee
(Gurnee)
CFY is a paint-your-own pottery studio, for all ages and art abilities. We also have canvas painting...

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Chicago Botanic Garden
(Glencoe)
The Chicago Botanic Garden, with its world-renowned plant collections and displays, is one of the co...

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Citadel Theatre Company
(Lake Forest)
The Citadel Theatre is committed to producing powerful works of insight and complexity that illumina...

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Cultural & Civic Center of Round Lake Beach
(Round Lake Beach)
Unique facility that provides family and children productions and entertainment throughout the year ...

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Dave & Buster's
(Vernon Hills)
Eat. Drink. Play. Watch. Over 40,000 square feet of fun!! With more than 200 games in the Million Do...

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Deerfield Park District
(Deerfield)
Deerfield Park District, located in the southern end of Lake County offers facilities, events, renta...

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Diamond Lake Beach & Recreational Center
(Mundelein)
Diamond Lake Recreation Center is 100 acres. It includes a pristine lake, sand beach, grassy areas, ...

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Didier Farms Pumpkinfest
(Lincolnshire)
Pumpkinfest September 22-October 31, 2018. Tractor drawn hayrides, corn maze, Buffalo Creek Mining C...

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Edge of Escape
(Zion)
Once you’re inside, the doors lock and the time starts. Race against the clock as you and up t...

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Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area & Welcome Center
(Riverwoods)
Ryerson Woods is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This area is one of the best ex...

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Extreme Flight Simulation
(Gurnee)
Have you ever dreamed of flying an airliner like the 737-800NG? Do you want to know what happens in ...

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Grayslake Community Park District
(Grayslake)
The Grayslake Community Park District is a separate government agency established for the purpose of...

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Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
(Gurnee)
Conveniently located about an hour north of Chicago in Gurnee, IL, Great Wolf Lodge offers fami...

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Greenbelt Cultural Center
(North Chicago)
Nestled within the native landscape of the Greenbelt Forest Preserve between North Chicago and Wauke...

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Gurnee Mills
(Gurnee)
The newly renovated Gurnee Mills is the largest outlet and full-price shopping destination in Illino...

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Hawthorn Mall
(Vernon Hills)
A lively and trusted destination for fashion, dining and entertainment, Hawthorn Mall is a super-reg...

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Highland Park Public Library
(Highland Park)
Founded in 1887, the historic library is filled with boundless amounts of knowledge from cover to co...

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Illinois Beach State Park
(Zion)
Illinois Beach State Park is located along the shores of Lake Michigan from Waukegan to the Wisconsi...

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Independence Grove Forest Preserve
(Libertyville)
This scenic 1,135-acre preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and education opportunitie...

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Jelly Belly Visitor Center
(Pleasant Prairie)
A train ride, art made entirely out of jelly beans, and a store filled with sweet delights have been...

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Jones Island Community Park
(Grayslake)
This park offers 5 acres of fun located on Grays Lake. Activities include a swimming beach, fishing,...

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Kristof's Entertainment Center
(Round Lake Beach)
Complete entertainment for all ages and interests. Bowling, mini golf, Go Karts, redemption arcade, ...

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Kroll's Fall Harvest Farm
(Waukegan)
Open September through October for entertainment and education The farm offers a corn maze, farm tou...

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Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center
(Grayslake)
The Lake Fairgrounds & Event Center is a multi-purpose exposition, conference, festival and spor...

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Lambs Farm
(Libertyville)
Lambs Farm includes a farmyard which is fun for the whole family and features a petting area with sh...

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Launch Trampoline Park Gurnee
(Gurnee)
Launch Trampoline Park Gurnee ( Formerly Known As Jump America, LLC) has over 16,000 square fee...

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Libertyville Sports Complex
(Libertyville)
Libertyville Sports Complex offers something for everyone in the family. A 360° Climbing Mountai...

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Mundelein Parks and Recreation District
(Mundelein)
33 park sites offering over 735 acres of open space, playgrounds, ballfields, lakes, and trails. Ove...

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Nova VR Lounge
(Grayslake)
Experience virtual reality in our state of the art, clean and inviting gaming lounge....

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Par-King Miniature Golf
(Lincolnshire)
Ranked one of the "Top 10 Miniature Golfs in America" and featuring two 18-hole courses, 1...

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Park District of Highland Park
(Highland Park)
The Park District of Highland Park, founded in 1909, operates and manages over 650 acres of land in ...

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Paulus Park
(Lake Zurich)
A popular visitors destination, as well as a favorite gathering spot for local residents featuring a...

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Realm of Terror Haunted House
(Round Lake Beach)
Highly rated Halloween attraction - recognized as best in Illinois for several years. Walk through f...

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Richardson Adventure Farm & Corn Maze, LLC
(Spring Grove)
The featured attraction is the World's Largest Corn Maze, with 33 acres and 11 miles of trails. ...

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Rosewood Beach & Interpretive Center
(Highland Park)
The newly restored Rosewood features: a nature cove for ecological and nature programs, guarded swim...

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Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor
(Gurnee)
Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor are two great parks that you can experience at one dest...

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The Bettendorf Castle
(Fox River Grove)
The Bettendorf Castle hosts private group tours from time to time. We invite private groups to take ...

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The People's Choice Family Fun Center
(Waukegan)
The Fun Center consists of a 43,000 sq. ft. Entertainment Facility containing over 150 redemption a...

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Tilt Studio
(Gurnee)
Fun for the whole family in this state of the art entertainment center featuring 180 video and inter...

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Uniquely Sweet
(Grayslake)
Uniquely Sweet prepares some of the finest decadent pleasures you could ever indulge in. Try their d...

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Vipers Pro Basketball - Mens
(Gurnee)
Vipers Pro Basketball is a professional men's ABA basketball team located in Gurnee, IL. Players...

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Volo Auto Museum
(Volo)
The Most Under Priced Attraction in the area! 36 acres of family fun. See 300 classic, antique and M...

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Volo Bog State Natural Area
(Ingleside)
If you're looking for a truly unique outdoor adventure, head for Volo Bog State Natural Area in ...

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Wildlife Discovery Center
(Lake Forest)
The Wildlife Discovery Center is a special place offering programs for people of all ages who have a...

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Wilmot Mountain
(Wilmot)
Lake County's destination for winter fun: Since 1938, Wilmot Mountain has enchanted families as ...

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Xtreme Games
(Antioch)
Trading card games, board games, disc golf, puzzles, miniatures, dice, special events and meetups, a...

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