Things To Do This Weekend March 8-10, 2024

By: Stephanie Wylie 03/07/2024

We can feel spring in the air, with a shift towards balmier weather and buds bursting into blooms on the horizon. Winter's grip loosens slightly, with some lingering chills, but there's no doubt that warmer days are definitely on the way. Let's look at things to do this weekend March 8-10, 2024.





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Families can enjoy spring at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois with activities like a "Sunshine Dance Party" and family yoga, while the Marriott Theatre presents "James and the Giant Peach" and the Jack Benny Center hosts a female art exhibit. Nature lovers can join a book discussion at Volo Bog about owls, and vintage enthusiasts can explore the Grayslake Antique and Flea Market. Let's look at the top five things to do this weekend, March 8-10, 2024.

1. Spring Breakout at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois in Gurnee





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As spring break approaches, families everywhere are gearing up for a much-needed break from the mundane. Great Wolf Lodge Illinois is inviting families to celebrate the season with their event: Spring Breakout. From the “Sunshine Dance Party,” where kids can groove along to springtime tunes, to “A Tree To Be Yoga Tails,” a refreshing yoga experience for the whole family, there's no shortage of ways to embrace the spirit of the season. Great Wolf Lodge Illinois boasts an expansive 80,000 square-foot indoor aquatic haven featuring thrilling water slides, a tranquil lazy river, an exhilarating wave pool, a dedicated kiddie section and an array of additional aquatic attractions. After drying off, unleash your competitive spirit at the arcade, pick up a putter for a round of mini-golf, engage in a gold panning adventure at Olver's Mining Co., conquer the Rustic Ridge Climbing Wall, enjoy a friendly family bowling match and indulge in various other entertaining activities tailored for children. Guests are invited to participate in the Color For The Kids initiative, where a $10 donation grants them a tile from the Grand Lobby mosaic mural to decorate during crafting time benefiting Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. So why wait? Spring into action and book your family's perfect getaway at Great Wolf Lodge today. Spring Breakout runs daily through April 28.

Friday-Sunday, March 8-10; Starting at $549.99 per night. Great Wolf Lodge Illinois, 1700 Nations Dr., Gurnee.

2. “James and the Giant Peach” at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire





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From the pages of Roald Dahl's beloved classic comes an enchanting theatrical experience that promises to captivate audiences of all ages. The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire proudly presents "James and the Giant Peach," a whimsical adaptation of Dahl's timeless tale of James who chops down an old fruit tree and stumbles upon a mysterious potion that leads to the growth of a gigantic peach and is joined by human-sized insects who quickly become his friends. Along their adventure, the Children’s Theatre Production uncovers the true power of friendship, cooperation and the boundless potential of imagination. "James and the Giant Peach" promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience that will leave young audiences spellbound from beginning to end. For those eager to embark on this magical adventure, tickets are available for purchase through at, or call the box office at 847-634-0200. The Lincolnshire show runs on select days through March 30.

Friday-Sunday, March 8-10; Fri.-Sun.: 10 a.m.,  Admission: Starting at $15.75. Marriott Theatre at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

3. Art Exhibit with Dandelion Gallery and Studio at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Waukegan





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Dandelion Gallery and Studio proudly presents a stirring showcase of female creativity and empowerment in honor of Women's International Day. Art enthusiasts are invited to immerse themselves in a captivating open house exhibition featuring the works of women artists, highlighting themes of femininity, empowerment and the enduring spirit of women. Besides the art show, the free Waukegan Park District event features local guest speakers, live music performances and artisan pop-ups of jewelry and art for purchase. Throughout the month of March, the Dandelion Artist Alliance will curate an inspiring collection of artworks crafted by women, depicting women and exploring the facets of feminism. Come together to honor and uplift the voices of women in the arts and beyond. Attendees will receive a swag bag filled with souvenirs honoring female individuals. For more information, visit the or 

Friday, March 8; 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jack Benny Center for the Arts, 39 Jack Benny Dr., Waukegan. 

4. Discussing “What an Owl Knows” by Jen Ackerman at Volo Bog in Volo





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Nature enthusiasts and book aficionados are invited to delve into the captivating world of owls through a thought-provoking book discussion at Volo Bog State Natural Area. From their exceptional senses to their intricate behaviors, New York Times best-selling author Jenn Ackerman delves deep sheds light on owls remarkable adaptations and ecological significance during the Ingleside recurring second Saturday session “Of Bogs and Books.” Led by passionate moderators, participants will engage in lively discussions surrounding Ackerman's insightful exploration of owl biology, behavior and conservation. Whether you're an avid birdwatcher, a curious nature enthusiast or simply intrigued by the mysteries of owls, this book discussion promises an enlightening and enriching experience for all. To register or inquire about upcoming discussions, call 815-344-1294.

Saturday, March 9; 10-11:30 a.m. Free admission. Volo Bog State Natural Area. 28478 W. Brandenburg Rd., Ingleside.

5. Grayslake Antique and Flea Market at Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Grayslake





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The Grayslake Antique and Flea Market is returning to the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center for a weekend of exploration and discovery. Whether you're on the hunt for vintage clothing, estate jewelry or mid-century modern furniture, this two-day event boasts something for everyone. Browse through aisles brimming with nostalgia-inducing items, from classic toys and advertising memorabilia to retro décor and rare collectibles. Don't miss your chance to embark on a journey through time and indulge in the nostalgia of yesteryear at the Grayslake Antique and Flea Market. For more information, call 715-526-9769 or visit

Saturday-Sunday, March 9-10; Sat.: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun.: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $8-$25. Kids ages 12 and under: Free with an adult. Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake.

Lake County has many establishments pouring green beer, serving corned beef and cabbage, and featuring Irish dancers. For a list of places celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Lake County click here.

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