Easter Bunny Photos & Events



Easter Bunny Photos

2020 information coming soon!

Photos with the Bunny 
Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills

Come visit the Easter Bunny at Hawthorn!
March 22nd – April 20th
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Photo’s provided by Cherry Hill. Visits with the Bunny are always Free. Photo packages are available for purchase.

Bass Pro Shop Gurnee Mills
6112 W. Grand Avenue

**Easter Bunny photos will be available for pictures at the designated times- pictures will be given at a first come first serve basis. Lines will cut off 15 minutes before photos end.

• Saturday, April 13- 11am-6pm
• Sunday, April 14-12pm-5pm
• Monday, April 15- 5:30pm-7:30pm
• Tuesday, April 16- 5:30pm-7:30pm
• Wednesday, April 17- 5:30pm-7:30pm
• Thursday, April 18- 5:30pm-7:30pm
• Friday, April 19- 2pm-8pm
• Saturday, April 20-11am-6pm
• Sunday, April 21- 12-5pm
FREE Giveaway- Monday-Thursday only to the first 75 kids to have thier photo taken:
April 15 & 16- Stress Bunny
April 17 & 18- Plush Bunny

Easter Crafts**
• Saturdays: Noon-5pm
• Sundays: Noon-4pm
• Friday: 3-7pm


Soothing Bunny

April 7, 9am-10am

Hawthorn Mall will be hosting an opportunity for children with Autism and other special needs (and their siblings) to visit the Easter Bunny in a more soothing and sensory-friendly environment. Pictures are available for purchase from Cherry Hill. Visits are always free!

The first 30 children will receive a Hawthorn Mall Easter Bunny Bag.

*Located Lower Level in Center Court

*No reservations needed

5k Bunny Hop & Egg Hunt
April 13th

The first annual Hawthorn Mall Bunny Rock 5K race will feature egg-stra special entertainment including ‘80’s rock music at the start and finish lines. Race participants will receive a pair of bunny ears, one pair of stylish sunglasses, and a runner’s t-shirt. Those who finish the run will also receive a finisher’s medal. Registration fees for the race start at $39.75 when entrants sign up online at

Following the race, there will be an Easter egg hunt for children ages 2 to 10 featuring more than 3,000 candy-filled eggs. A live petting zoo will round out the fun. Egg hunt participants receive bunny ears and sunglasses, an Easter egg basket and, of course, eggs (while supplies last). Fees for the Easter egg hunt start at just $10 when participants sign up online at A portion of the proceeds from the Bunny Rock 5K Run and the Easter egg hunt will benefit Reach Rescue, a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue group.

Also following the race, Hawthorn Mall will host an after-party at Dave & Buster’s. The party will include a FREE continental buffet and will feature FREE face painting for the children as well as retailer booths with special offers and giveaways. For those over 21 with a valid ID, Sam Adams will be offering FREE beer sampling as well. No RSVP or registration is required for the after-party event.

-Race: Saturday, April 13th, starting at 8:30 a.m. outside the mall in the Dave & Buster’s parking lot. Register in person or in advance at
-Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 13th, at 9:45 a.m. in the Dave & Buster’s parking lot (weather permitting). Register in person or in advance at
-After Party: 10 a.m. to Noon at Dave & Buster’s; no RSVP or registration is required.

Brunch and Cooking Class with the Easter Bunny
Yu Kids Island and Maggiano’s
April 14th 9 – 11:30am

Yu Kids Island is partnering with Maggiano’s to bring you some Easter Joy!
Children will be able to get the full experience of being a Chef right here in Yu Kids Island !

What: Egg coloring with the Chef!, Meet the Easter Bunny & Brunch

Where: Cooking Class with Chef Manny will take place at Yu Kids Island followed by Meet and Greet with the Easter Bunny & Brunch at Maggiano’s

When: Sunday April 14,2019

Time:9:00 am-11:30 am

Cost: $25.00 per child $15.00 per adult

Tickets are available on:


Flashlight Egg Scramble 
888 Dunbar Road
April 18th 7 – 8:30pm

Egg hunts aren’t just for little kids! You are never too old to enjoy plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes!

The night will start with an egg hunt and follow with pizza and games!

You will need your flashlight and bag or basket. You must be registered to attend this event.

Led by Recreational Staff. Deadline to register is 4/11.


Spring Egg Hunt Extravaganza – FREE Event
1401 N. Midlothian
April 19th 10am – 12pm

Spring Egg Hunt Extravaganza (ages 2-7)

Ages 2-3: 10:00 am

Ages 4-5: 10:15 am

Ages 6-7: 10:30 am

Spring on over to our annual Spring Egg Hunt, where 10,000 candy filled eggs will blanket Community Park. After the hunt, hop on down to pictures with the bunny in front of our spring photo backdrop. That’s not all, we will have a petting zoo where you can pet real bunnies! Don’t forget, you will need a basket or bag to hold the eggs you collect. Make sure both you and the kids dress for the weather. No registration required. Groups begin promptly at times listed.

Held at Community Park Upper Field


Kids’ Castle Dragon Egg Hunt (9-12 years)
Deerpath Park – Kid’s Castle Playground
299 Onwentsia
Vernon Hills
April 19th 7 – 8pm

The dragon has escaped and eggs were spread all over Kids’ Castle playground! We need kids, ages 9-12 years, to bring your flashlights and help us find the eggs at this new event. Meet at Kids’ Castle playground in Deerpath Park. This event will be cancelled in the case of inclement weather. R/NR Fee: $3/4

Easter Egg Hunt 
Yu Kids Island
Vernon Hills
April 19th 10am – 12pm

Join Yu Kids Island for a Bunny Hoppin good time. Our event will take place from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Friday April 19th, 2019. The event is free with paid general admission.

This year we will be starting out to our annual Egg Hunt. Starting promptly at 10:00 am there will be colorful plastic eggs hidden all over YKI’s playground. (arrive at 9:00am for early check in)
Search HIGH and low this year we will be making them worth the search.

After the fun of searching for those goodie stuffed eggs we will be having Art & Crafts in our party room. From Picture frames to decorating your own egg, your child will get to take home this wonderful creation!

Bunny Brunch
Lambs Farm
14245 W. Rockland Road
April 19th & 20th 

We hope you join us for a delicious buffet at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery and for a visit in the Bunny Patch, where children can enjoy spring crafts, activities and get a photo with the Easter bunny! Some of our adorable Farmyard friends will also be available for petting and learning.

Seatings are at 9am, 10:30am and 12 pm. $17.95, $7.95 for 23 months and younger with activities

Call the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery for reservations at 847-362-5050.

Easter Egg Hunt
Bass Pro Shop Gurnee Mills
6112 W. Grand Avenue
April 20th 2pm

Easter Egg Hunt**
Saturday, April 20 at 2pm
~Registration will begin at 1:30pm; egg hunt will be from 2-3pm. ~Ages 2-10 years old.
~Kids collect 5 eggs and return to the registration table to exchange for candy
~Eggs will be hidden in (5) departments- Apparel, Camping, Fishing, Hunting, and Footwear.
*Bag to collect eggs will be supplied


Lunch with the Bunny
Adler Park
1500 N. Memorial
April 20th

Hop on down the Bunny Trail to have lunch with the Easter Bunny. Enjoy the Easter egg hunt in beautiful Adler Park after visiting with the Easter Bunny. Bring your camera to capture this event. All attending must register and pay.

2 years old and up

Easter Brunch with the Bunny
The Claim Company
Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills
Three seatings: 9am – 11am, 11am – 1pm, 1pm – 3pm

Breakfast buffet three seating 9ams, 11am, 1am
Photo op with the Easter Bunny. Includes breakfast items, lunch items, kids table, dessert table.



Big Bunny Celebration with Easter Egg Hunt
5006 S. Sylvania Avenue
Sturtevant, WI 53177

A day with the Big Bunny Celebration with Easter Egg Hunt will be one to remember as you embark on a journey to Bunnyville. The Big Bunny Train Depot will be the first stop on the adventure. There you will receive your ticket and see Grandpa’s Table Top Easter Train as it travels through the town.

It will then be your turn for a ride, but you’ll need to catch your train. The next step is to Bunny Hop your way through the bunny tunnel to aboard the one and only Big Bunny Express Train.

Once you arrive in Bunnyville you will visit the Bunny Hut to see Country Bunny’s original puppet show. You’ll then able to explore the glorious town and all of its happenings! Hunt for Easter eggs, play exciting games, walk through the Bunny Trail, learn about our lovable, baby farm animals and enjoy a hand-led pony ride.

Don’t forget to refuel by enjoying a freshly baked cookie and Apple Holler’s famous apple cider!

Bunny Celebration Includes:

  • Pick up your Big Bunny Express Train Ticket at the Train Depot
  • See Grandpa’s Table Top Easter Train
  • Do the Bunny Hop through the Bunny Tunnel
  • Ride the Big Bunny Express Train
  • Hunt for Easter eggs in Bunnyville
  • Take the Bunny Trail to see the baby animals
  • Play Bunny Bowling, Ring Toss-Every child wins!
  • Hand-lead gentle pony rides
  • Enjoy a freshly-baked cookie and apple cider$10 per person. Reservations required.



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Spring Events




2020 information coming soon!

Earth Day Volunteer & Activity Day – FREE
David Adler Music & Arts Center
1700 N. Milwaukee Avenue
April 14th 1 – 3pm

Earth Day Volunteer & Activity Day
Join the Adler Center for a day of art and activities celebrating Earth Day! Go on a nature scavenger hunt, participate in a group recycled art installation, see the latest Earth-inspired exhibition and meet local conservationists. All ages welcome. Bring shoes, fabric, stuffed animals, glasses, and hearing aids for a recycling drive!


Earth Day Expo
Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills
April 20th 12 – 2pm

Because sustainability and environmentally friendly practices have long been a key tenet for Hawthorn Mall, Earth Day takes on a special significance. To celebrate Earth Day, Hawthorn Mall will host an Earth Day Expo extravaganza that includes two 25-minute sing-alongs to the tune of popular Beatles music performed by the infamous Beat Bugs, television characters who share adventures, overcoming challenges and learning valuable life lessons along the way. Following each performance, the Beat Bugs will be available for two 20-minute meet-and-greets in the H&M Court on the lower level.

The expo will also feature numerous FREE Earth Day activities and opportunities to impact the environment hosted by local non-profit groups. One example is a booth by Pads of Lake County where people can donate brand-new, packaged toiletries for the homeless and others in need; those donating 10 or more toiletry items will receive a free gift card to Sephora.

At a booth hosted by Libertyville Church, attendees will be encouraged to drop off their used plastic grocery bags to be recycled into sleeping mats for the homeless.

At a booth hosted by Centennial, an innovative, fully integrated real estate investment firm with a national portfolio of shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations including Hawthorn Mall, sapling trees will be given away via an enter-to-win raffle.

And, for the entire month of April, Hawthorn Mall’s management office (next to JCPenney on the lower level) will be collecting pre-owned shoes to be recycled by the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) so they don’t end up in landfills; those donating six or more pairs of shoes will receive a free gift card to Finish Line.
-Expo: Saturday, April 20th, from Noon to 2 p.m. in the H&M Court on the lower level

Earth Day Party
1200 Regent Drive
April 22nd 5pm – 6:30pm

Earth Day Party (Ages 5-12)

(Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Join us for our Earth Day Party where we will learn about promoting environmental awarenessand good recycling habits. Fun Earth Day activities, recycled crafts, yummy treats and planting your own take home plant will all be a part of this event!

Children Must be accompanied by an adult.

Deadline to Register is April 17th

Earth Day Family Event – FREE
1401 Indianwood Drive
Vernon Hills
April 22nd 4:30 – 6:30pm

Celebrate the third annual Earth Day celebration with activities that the whole family will enjoy!

Nature Walk and Scavenger Hunt
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Trailer
Free Fishing (Children under 16 years)
Bird Watching with the Lake County Audubon Society
David Stokes (Naturalist, Humorist, and Educator)
Frog Lady

Rain or shine!



More Coming Soon!



Local Pools & Beaches

Also visit our Aquatics page under Resources!

Barefoot Bay and Spray Park
1461 N. Midlothian

Barefoot Bay:
Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th from 11 am to 8 pm
Monday, May 27th from 11 am to 6 pm
The park will be closed May 28-31 and then will open for the season June 1 – September 2.

$7 ($11 nonresidents)
Adults: $9 ($13 nonresidents)
Ages 2 and under are free
(with a paying adult)

Twilight Discount
$3 ($5 nonresident)
Adult: $4 ($6 nonresident)
(begins 2 hours before close during regular season hours)

Spray Park:
NOW OPEN DAILY 8/10 – 9/12 from 12-6pm
Open May 25 – 27, 2019
Closed: May 28 – 31, 2019
Open for the 2019 season:
June 1 – Sept 2

Daily 10 am-8 pm (closed 2-2:30 pm)
Holidays: 12-6 pm

Daily Fee per person 10 am-6:30 pm:
$1 Mundelein resident/$2 Nonresident
Free admission 7-8 pm.

Diamond Lake Beach opens June 1st.

Lake Minear Beach 
600 W. Oak Spring Road

NOW OPEN 4-7pm daily through August 25th. Then open weekends 10am – 7pm only through 9/2 
10am -8pm Daily for the entire season! Check Facebook page and website for updates due to closings related to weather.

Open to members – Get your season pass today!

The Beach at Independence Grove 
16400 W. Buckley Road

Season Schedule: 2019
Weekends only, May 25–June 2 (including Memorial Day)
Daily, June 3–August 9
Weekends only, August 10–September 2 (including Labor Day)
Beach is open 10 am–6 pm, unless otherwise posted.
Beach is subject to unscheduled closings due to weather and conditions.
Preserve is open 6:30 am–sunset, daily.

Family Fun Fridays
The beach gets even better on Fridays when we host games and contests with prizes around a different theme each week.Beach Admission Fee
Free for ages under 2
$4 per person for Lake County residents. Driver’s license is required for proof of residency.
$7 per person for nonresidents
Discounted Twilight Admission Fee––begins at 3 pm
$2 per person for Lake County residents
$4 per person for nonresidents

Season Beach Pass––Lake County residents only.
$49 for one person
$75 for two people
$105 for three people
$129 for four people
$150 for five or more people

Purchase at Visitors Center or use the Beach Season Pass form. Proof of Lake County residency is required each year. Copy of birth certificate for all children ages 1–15 is required first year only. If purchasing for two or more people, all pass holders must reside in the same household. Children who will be age 2 by the start of beach season will be included on the pass.
20-Punch Card––save 20 percent off beach admission
Purchase at beach house or Visitors Center. Valid for two seasons.
$64 for Lake County residents
$112 for nonresidents
Group Use––for groups of 15 or more, Monday–Friday
Receive savings and special features for your group visit. Reservations required and must be made 10 days or more in advance to ensure proper staffing. Please fill out the form to get started.
$4 per participant (one free chaperone for every five participants)
Includes reserved use of a large covered picnic area with tables, which makes a great gathering place for your kids and supplies, and free bus or van parking without residency requirement.

Vernon Hills Aquatic Center 
645 N. Aspen Drive


5/25 – 6/9  Weekdays 4 – 8pm, Weekends & Holidays 11am -7pm
6/10 – 8/11 Weekdays 10:30am – 8 pm, Weekends & Holidays 11 am – 7pm
8/17 – 9/2 Weekends 12 – 5pm

Daily Rate
Individal (4-61 years) $10 R $13 NR
Senior (62+ years) $8 R $10 NR
Children (3 & younger) Free
Twilight Rate* 50% off
*Twilight rates are valid during the last two hours of operation.

Drop-in Aquatic Programs

Adult Water Walking (18+Years)

Take a walk in our Lazy River! Admission to Water Walking does not include the cost of daily admission to the Family Aquatic Center. Swimmers must exit the Family Aquatic Center until it re-opens to the public. The Lazy River will be for water walking only. Lap swimming will only be allowed in the main lap pool.

Dates Days Time Resident Non-Res
6/10-8/2 M-F 8:00 – 10:15 am $5.50 $7.50
6/15-8/4 Sa-Su 9:30-10:30 am $5.50 $7.50

Adult Lap Swim (18+ Years)

Swimming is great exercise in the summer! Adults are invited to come early for lap swim before the pools are open to the public. Admission to Lap Swim does not include the cost of daily admission. Swimmers must exit the Family Aquatic Center until the facility re-opens to the public.

Dates Days Time Resident Non-Res
6/10-8/2 M-F 8:00 – 10:15 am $5.50 $7.50
6/15-8/4 Sa-Su 9:30-10:30 am $5.50 $7.50

Parent & Tot Open Swim

Season pass holders and children, 5 years and younger, are admitted free!
Parents, bring your toddler and hang out at the pool on those hot mornings before lunch and nap time. The Family Aquatic Center is offering open swim in the mornings for children 5 and under who are accompanied by a parent. No more than two children per adult.

Dates Days Time Res Parent NR Parent
6/10-8/1 M-Th 9:00 – 10:15 am $2.00 $4.00
6/16-8/5 Sa-Su 9:30-10:30 am $2.00 $4.00


Adler Pool
1500 N. Milwaukee Avenue

– Dates and times subject to change due to weather conditions, programming, special events and other factors.
– Visit for updated information.
– Information line is (847) 247-5433, option 2.
– Early admission for Season Pass Holders at 11:30am

Opening Weekend Memorial Day
Saturday May 25  Noon-8:00pm
Sunday May 26  Noon-8:00pm
Monday May 27  Noon-6:00pm (Memorial Day)

Tuesday May 28-Friday June 1  
Private and Group Rentals Only – Noon to 8:00 pm
Call (847)816-7946 for rental information.

Saturday June 2-Sunday August 11
Open Daily Noon-8:00 pm
-Thursday July 4th Holiday Hours – Noon to 6:00 pm
– Monday-Thursday June 10-August 1, pool closes or has restricted access from 6:30pm-7:15pm due to swim lessons/swim team practices.
– Adler Pool closes at 3:30pm for Swim Team meets on Wednesdays
June 19 & 26, July 3, 10, 17 & 24.

Sunday August 11-Monday September 2
Open Weekends Noon-6:00 pm
– Sat. August 17, Sunday August 18
– Sat. August 24, Sunday August 25
– Sat. August 31, Sunday Sept 1, Labor Day Monday Sept 2

 Daily Admissions  Resident  Non-Resident
 Individual  $8  $14
 Infant (under 2 years)  $1  $4
 Senior (60+)  $4  $8
 Passholder Guest  $10  $10

Riverside Pool Opens: June 8th
870 Country Club Drive


June 8-August 11 from 12:00-8:00 pm
Independence Day Thursday, July 4 Noon-6:00pm

 Daily Admissions  Resident  Non-Resident
 Individual  $5  $9
 Infant (under 2 years)  $1  $4
 Senior (60+)  $2  $6
 Passholder Guest  $8  $8



Coming Soon!


Farmers Markets

Local Farmers Markets

Libertyville Farmers Market
Join us every Thursday morning in downtown Libertyville.
May 30th and June 6th, and then June 20th through October 17th
7am – 1pm

In 2019, we are celebrating our 39th year in operation! 
This year most of your favorite vendors from last year will return, so you’ll be able to find all the fresh food and flowers that you want, and also have fun shopping for them.  Our market provides you with the opportunity to get to know your food and the producer who grows it or makes it.

Radical Root Farm Stand
31330 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Thursdays 2 – 6pm
Fridays 2 – 6pm
Saturdays 8am – 1pm
May – November (closed Thanksgiving weekend)

Mundelein Farmer’s Market
Park Street between Lake & Seymour Streets
Fridays June 14th – September 27th
3 – 7pm

Vernon Hills Farmers Market
Century Park
Thursdays, June 6th – August 29th
Century Park
3 – 7pm

Local vendors will display their goods weekly, June 6 through August 29 on Thursdays from 3 pm-7 pm at the south end of Century Park. There will be no market on July 4.
A parking lot is on site at the corner of Hawthorn Parkway and Lakeview Parkway. Additional parking is available at the Rust-Oleum Development Center.

Grayslake Farmers Market
Center Street

Spring Market
April 13th – June 1st
10am – 2pm

Summer Market
June 5th – September 25th
3 – 7pm

Fall Market
September 28th – December 14th
10am – 2pm

The Grayslake Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization that fosters a sense of community by operating a weekly three season outdoor shopping experience in the historic downtown center that offers farm fresh and prepared foods, arts and crafts, music and children’s activities.

East Grand Avenue Farmers & Artisans Market 

July 21th
August 18th
September 15th
October 20th
11am – 3pm

The East Grand Artisans & Farmers Market will be located in the parking lot of the Salvation Army (3559 Grand Avenue) at the corner of Belle Plaine/Grand Avenue.

Lake Bluff Farmers Market
Village Green
June 8th – October 12th
7am – noon

From produce, proteins and pastries to flowers, cheese and more, the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market is one of the Village’s best places to stock your fridge and pantry! With knife sharpening services, live music and cooking demonstrations, the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market works to create an experience that will kick summer weekends in Lake Bluff in style. Join us, join our vendors and join your neighbors on the Lake Bluff Village Green each and every Friday in the summer!

The Garden Market at Elawa Farm
1401 Middlefork
Lake Forest
Fridays and Saturdays
May 17th – October 26th
8am – 1pm

The Garden Market begins mid-May and runs through October, featuring produce, herbs and flowers harvested directly from the Elawa Garden and from selected local visiting vendors. Our small-scale Market Garden provides a remarkable array of heirloom tomatoes, greens, carrots, beets, squash, herbs, honey, flower bouquets and more. 

In addition we offer seasonal homemade items from our own Elawa Kitchen as well as local artisan items for your garden and home.

Note:  Any surplus of produce and food items in our seasonal Garden Market are donated weekly to a local food pantry.




Apple Orchards, Pumpkins, Farms, Halloween

Fall Fun

Heinz Orchard
1050 Crest Road
Green Oaks

This no-frills orchard has been a family favorite for over 60 years!
They are typically open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Check their website for details.
Accepts cash only. No admission or parking fees, just $10 for a 1/2 peck bag or $20 for a 1 peck bag.

From their Facebook page: Our Opening Day is Sept. 13 from 10am-4pm. We will only be picking McIntosh apples that day. Much of the fruit is marked up and smaller due to the record rains. While ugly, this fruit is still useful for pies/sauce/apple butter–or peeling the skin off and eating them. Because of this we’re selling it for half-off this year. $5/half-peck and $10 for a full-peck. We will post additional dates as they come up, but we will not be open Saturdays or Sundays this year (and as always are not open Mon-Thur). Thanks so much for your patience and understanding.

Apple Holler
5006 South Sylvania Avenue
Sturtevant, WI

Orchard (pick your own apples, pears, peaches & pumpkins), farm park, hayrides, bakery and store, restaurant
Orchard and Farm Park Open everyday from 9am – 5pm with last admission sold at 4pm. 
Pricing information can be found on their website. View their picking calendar here

All Seasons Orchard
14510 IL Route 176

Open Daily August 31st – November 2nd, 2019 on Weekdays 10am-5pm, Weekends & Holidays 10am-6pm
Apple Orchard, Pumpkins, Corn Maze, Barnyard, Farm Market
Barnyard activities (some only open on weekdays & weather dependent – check website for availability): petting zoo, bunny village, giant swings, tire mountain, pumpkin checkers & bowling, pedal karts, jumping pillow, goat bridge, tube slide, sand box, wagon ride, corn box & hole, duck races, pig races, bull, bee observation, kiddie corral, cow train, magic show, bouncy houses, additional fees: pumpkin patch, apple cannon, pony rides
Pricing information can be found on their website

Stade’s Farm & Market
3709 Miller Road

Opens Saturday, September 7th – October 27th, 2019

Farm & Market: Open daily 9am – 6pm until 12/31/19. 
U-pick: apples, pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries, green beans, tomatoes, snap peas. Pricing info can be found on their website. Find up-to-date information on their Facebook page. Open Fridays – Mondays 9am – 5pm. 
Shades of Autumn Pumpkin Festival: Stade’s has been hosting this festival over 20 years!
Farmtractions Theme Park: Open Saturdays & Sundays in September, Open Fridays – Sundays in October 10am-6pm, Open Columbus Day 10/14. Includes petting zoo, giant pumpkin cannon, over 30 family activities with emphasis on agriculture
General admission: includes free parking & unlimited use of Farmtractions (except train & apple cannons). Children 2 and under are free, ages 3-64 $15, ages 65+ $10

Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm
7150 18th Street (Highway L)
Kenosha, WI

Fall Activities Open 9/14 – 10/31
Children 2 and under are free
Country Store, Hand Painted Pumpkin Displays – these are open 7 days a week 8am-8pm

Fall Attractions: giant bounce pillow, corn maze, petting zoo, straw maze, hayrides, tire mountain, play area, tube swing
Weekends: the above attractions plus TRUE entertainment, food concessions, additional fees – inflatables, pony & camel rides, face painting
Attraction Hours Monday – Friday 4-8pm admission $5 per person, Saturday & Sunday 10-8pm admission $10 per person, Open Columbus Day 10/14 10-8pm

Didier Farm
16678 W. Aptakisic Road

Pumpkinfest – Since 1912
Open 9/21 – 10/31
Farmstand open 9-6 daily, Pumpkinfest Activities everyday Monday – Sunday 9-6

Pig races daily, pony rides, hayrides, corn maze, gem mining, animal land zoo, kiddie rides (limited rides on weekdays), pumpkin play land/mini tractor play area
Homemade apple cider, pumpkin donuts, homemade pies & fudge
Weekends only: silly string asylum 
No admission fee, accept cash & cards, activities and rides are individual tickets only ($1/ticket). Most rides and activities are 3 tickets, hayride, corn maze, pony, animal land, crafts, play land (4-5 tickets)
Mondays: Senior Citizens 55+ free corn maze/hayride
Thursdays: 2-6pm wristbands $15 – good on mechanical rides & burlap slide

Green Meadows Petting Farm
33603 High Drive
East Troy, WI

Family business since 1964 – play with and cuddle the animals, milk a cow & much more!
Open Tuesday – Sunday 10-4pm with last admission at 2pm, $14 per person, Seniors $12, Children 1 and under are free, Season Pass $42 per person valid May – October 2019

play areas, pony rides, hayrides, pumpkin patch, pigs, chickens, guineas, baby goats, kittens, ducks & geese, tortoises, ponies & horse, small animals, texas longhorn scottish highland, zebus, sheep, alpacas, emu, pot-bellied pigs, milking cow, donkeys, piglets, llamas, turkeys, peafowl

Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
13236 W. Town Line Road

Opens Saturday, 21, 2019!

Family Owned Agriculture Education Farm since 1993
Open Monday – Thursday 12-8pm, Fridays 12-10pm, Saturdays 10-10pm, Sundays 10-7pm
No fee for general admission or parking, Cash only with ATM on-site
Educational hayrides $4 per person children 2 & under free, pre-picked pumpkins, gift shop, animals (goats, donkeys, sheep, chickens, turkeys & more), corn maze hours and pricing are available on their website

Country Bumpkin
27691 N. Gilmer Road

Family owned garden center since 1988!
Pumpkinfest daily 9/14 until 10/31, Monday – Friday 12 – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 4:30pm, Sunday 10am – 3:30pm
Adults $1, Children 41′” tall and above $10, Children 41″ tall or less $7, Wristband includes Moonwalks, straw maze, petting zoo & gold rush. Barrel train tickets sold separately. $4 per child (no charge for adults riding with kids)
Halloween store & gift shop
Nursery, trees, shrubs, perennials.. Firewood available… Gravel, compost, top soil mulch available for pickup or delivery

Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center
40 W. Higgins Road
South Barrington

Fall Festival 9/14 – 10/31, Open 7 days a week from 9am – 6pm, last admission at 5:30pm
Red Barn Cafe & Bakery: famous apple cider donuts & pumpkin cookies
Giraffe barn, wagon rides, Little Farmer’s play yard, cornstalk maze, pumpkin eating dinosaur, pig races, corn box, pumpkin tunnel, climbing trucks & tractors, Charlotte’s Web, Corn Hole & ring toss games, duck derby, straw pyramid, pony and camel rides, jumping pillow, haunted house, weekend magic shows
No general admission, free parking. Pricing info can be found on their website

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard
42W813 Reinking Road
Pingree Grove, IL


Open Friday of Labor Day through Halloween, October 31, 2019

  • General Admission is $12.99 (weekdays) and $16.99 (for weekends), Labor Day and Columbus Day.
  • Seniors are $11.99/each any day
  • Children 2 and younger are free
  • Additionally, on October weekends we also have a magic show that is included in your Admission. Our pony and camel rides and our Shooting Gallery attractions are available for an extra fee.

Patch 22
15900 Kelly Road

A real, working, family run farm where you can enjoy real, natural family fun!
In October – Open Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm
Ponyrides $10 for 20 minutes, hayrides $2 per person, petting farm, children’s spooky hayloft $2/child, no charge for parent, 25 cents to feed the animals
No charge for admission or parking


Trick-or-Treat Hours

Libertyville: Halloween Day, Wednesday, October 31st 4:00-8:00pm

Mundelein: Halloween Day, Wednesday, October 31st 4:00-8:00pm

Vernon Hills: Halloween Day, Wednesday, October 31st 4:00-8:00pm

See our Calendar for many Fall, Halloween, and Trick-or-Treating  events



Thanksgiving and Giving Back

Thanksgiving and Giving Back

November is a time to for gratitude and connecting with family and friends over a feast. It is one of my favorite months of the year. A time to slow down after the busy back to school season and Halloween festivities and prepare for the holidays ahead.

Where to Buy Your Thanksgiving Turkey, Ham & fixings:

Radical Root Farm
31330 N. Milwaukee Avenue

This year, we are partnering with Gunthorp Farms to bring you your farm-fresh, pasture-raised Thanksgiving turkey.

Turkeys will be 15-20 pounds and cost $5.25 a pound.

Come by the farm during the farm stand hours to get more information, or place your order!

Farm stand hours are as always Thursdays, Fridays 3 to 7, and Saturdays 8 to 1!

Farmer Nicks LLC

Reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey here!
Heritage breeds
Pasture raised
No hormones
No antibiotics
$3.50 lb (half the price for similar birds found in area grocery store chains)
Pick up Nov 17th Grayslake Farmers Market 10-2
Nov 18th Lake County Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market 10-2

Call 815-451-5084 to reserve yours today!

Sunset Foods Libertyville
1451 E. Peterson Road

The Honey Baked Ham Company
4949 Grand Avenue

The Meat Shop
632 E. Hawley Road

Trader Joe’s
1600 S. Milwaukee Avenue

Whole Foods
851 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills

Elawa Farm
1401 Middlefork Drive
Lake Forest


Where to Buy Your Thanksgiving Pies:

Bakers Square
1195 S. Milwaukee Avenue

Cheesecake Factory
930 Milwaukee Avenue

Entire Menu is available for pickup and delivery.

Swirl Cafe

Everything from their truck at the Farmer’s Market is available for pick up at the commercial kitchen in Grayslake. They also make custom holiday baskets.

Elawa Farm
1401 Middlefork Drive
Lake Forest

See our Bakery section under Restaurants for a comprehensive list of bakeries.


Volunteering as a family is a great way to model and teach gratitude to children. Giving back can be an annual family tradition that creates memories and bonds while helping others in your community.

Lake County Haven

Click here for their current Wish List to see if there are any items you can share.

To find out the many other ways you can volunteer your time to get involved click here.

Hope Food Pantry
St. Lawrence Episcopal Church

The HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Food Pantry serves those in need throughout our community. With over 400,000 people in Northeast Illinois, 80,000 of them children, reporting they do not have enough food, the need continues to be great. Our clients are from all over Lake County and need our services for a variety of reasons. But what has been consistent is the gratitude shown by so many of them. We help create a bridge to get them through a tough period.

We partner with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to purchase many of the core items for the pantry, but we are always in need of monetary contributions and additional product donations. Volunteers do not need to be St. Lawrence parishioners. So please encourage friends and family to join in volunteer and donation opportunities with HOPE Food Pantry.

Hope Cafe
St. Lawrence Episcopal Church

Hope Café is the name given to a Community Meal St. Lawrence provides on the 3rd Saturday morning of every month.  This is a cooperative effort with a mobile food pantry provided by our neighbors at The First Presbyterian Church.  All are welcome to assist and the volunteer times and locations are as follows:

Meal Service and Clean-Up3rd Saturday of every month from 8:00 – 10:30am
(St. Lawrence Church Kitchen Basement).

Bernie’s Book Bank
917 N. Shore Drive
Lake Bluff

Bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to volunteer and experience how good helping others feels. We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities. Attend any of our 18 weekly volunteer sessions with a simple online registration. Bernie’s Book Bank offers the perfect opportunity for your corporate, social, civic or religious group to help sort, sticker and pack quality books for at-risk children.

Feed My Starving Children
742 E. Park Avenue

FMSC offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to our incredible partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world.

Through volunteering at FMSC, you’ll get the chance to impact hundreds of kids in just two hours per packing shift. You’ll experience what it’s like to make a tangible difference today.

Lake County Center for Independent Living
3477 N. Seymour

Lake County Center for Independent Living (LCCIL) is a non-residential, cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities. We advocate for a fully accessible society that is inclusive of everyone. LCCIL believes that the disability community must have the freedom and opportunity to control our own lives.

SRACLC Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County
290 Oakwood Road
Vernon Hills

The Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County was formed in 1976 as a cooperative effort of Member Agencies with the purpose to provide year round community based recreation services to individuals with disabilities and their families.

Upcoming Fundraising Event:

Holiday Tree Festival
Saturday, November 10, 2018
White Deer Run, Vernon Hills

Please call Carolyn Chambers at 847-816-4866 for more information.

PADS Lake County
Make a Donation, Give Items, Make Lunches, Volunteer

Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank – a proud member of Feeding America – is the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than 71,500 people each week. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a goal of solving hunger in our 13-county service area, we rely on our generous donors, volunteers, and community partners – the local food pantries and feeding programs, food manufacturers and retailers, companies, foundations and individuals who join with us in our vision for no one to be hungry in Northern Illinois.

Orphans of the Storm
Orphans of the Storm is your community’s animal shelter. By choosing to volunteer your time and talents, you are helping to make a difference to thousands of homeless animals that arrive to our door each year.

Gigi’s Playhouse
We change lives through consistent delivery of free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community, through a replicable playhouse model.

Project Linus
Through the gift of handmade blankets, Project Linus is able to provide a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. They donate blankets to children from premature babies to eighteen years of age. There are many ways to be involved including blanket making events, the Kids Helping Kids program, the adopt-a-blanket program and many more you can find here.

Twice as Nice Mother & Child
We provide help and hope to families in crisis by distributing diapers and other basic needs at no cost through agency partnerships as well as direct service, while raising awareness about diaper need and working to build a sustainable diaper program in Lake County. As a member of the National Diaper Bank Network, our on-site diaper bank and mobile diaper pantry distributes over 200,000 diapers every year. We also provide other childcare necessities like wipes and infant formula as well as gently used maternity wear, children’s clothing (newborn to size 12), baby gear and children’s books.

Little Giraffe Foundation 
Click here for ways to support this organization dedicated to funding neonatal research and supporting patients and parents of the NICU.

If you’d like to donate a book or toy for their holiday gift bag program to 14 Chicagoland hospital NICUs/special care nurseries, including Advocate Condell Medical Center and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, click here for their Amazon Wish List.

Ronald McDonald House Near Lurie Children’s
For over 40 years this organization has been caring for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community. They allow families to stay close to their child in the hospital near the care and resources they need which supports the child and family’s health and well-being while saving the family’s hotel and food costs. The many ways to get involved can be found here. Your generous involvement allows the Ronald McDonald House to offer families home cooked meals, activities for children and their families, shared living space to bond with others, beautiful gardens for rest and play and a home filled with love and support. People can volunteer for the Meals or Cookies form the Heart programs, purchasing from the wishlist, volunteering, purchasing a brick in the garden and much more.


See our Volunteer & Donate section for a comprehensive list of local non-profits.

See our Calendar for many November Events




Holiday Lights & Christmas Trees

Holiday Lights

Santa’s Rock n Lights
Lake County Fair Grounds
1060 E. Peterson Road
*Enter from Midlothian entrance
11/22 – 12/31

Drive thru Christmas light show experience. The lights are animated to Christmas music.

Operation Hours/Price
Sunday to Thursday 4:50 PM to 9:00 PM:

Friday and Saturday 4:50 PM to 10:00 PM:

(Purchase tickets online to expedite lines at the event)
*Dates and times subject to change.  Check the website before visiting.
-Additional fees at checkout-


Neighborhoods with lots of lights or displays:

Milk Jug Luminaries
S. Dymond and Dover Street
Near Golf Road & Butterfield Road

Neighborhood tradition since 1987! Display generally begins the weekend after Thanksgiving and runs nightly from 6:00 – 10:00pm through Christmas. Snow makes these luminaries look even better.

Germann Lights 
4968 Prairie Oak Road

Celebrating 10 years!!! The 2018 show should be up and running December 1st! The hours will be 5:00 – 10:00pm daily. Tune your radio to 87.9 to listen to this family friendly light show! Bring a non-perishable food item for the Northern Illinois Food Bank!


Christmas Trees

Richardson’s Tree Farm
9407 Richardson Road
Spring Grove

Choose and cut down your own Christmas tree! Over 50,000 trees on 75 acres. Hundreds of fresh wreaths and decorations for sale.

On weekends, enjoy a free wagon ride to and from the fields and we’ll haul your tree for you. Also on weekends, there are homemade donuts, hot chocolate, kettle corn and concessions. Daily there is free hot chocolate or coffee, fresh fudge for sale, free shaking and baling of trees, large heated barn with restrooms, and hand saws provided.

Pioneer Tree Farm
4614 Pioneer Road

GATES OPEN 9:00-4:00 Friday November 29
and then Saturday and Sunday Nov. 30 and Dec. 1; Dec. 7, 8; Dec. 14, 15; and Dec. 21, 22!

Everything else is much like old times (see more details below). As you enjoy your walk around to look for your tree, we hope you will enjoy the country air and the diversity of vegetation on our tree farm, perhaps see some wildlife, and have fun with other friendly people!

Dogs OK on leash, not in buildings.

Trees are $60 any kind or size
Cash or checks only; no credit cards please

Our trees are organically grown and pruned by hand.

A portion of  tree sales is donated to the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, and most of the workers are volunteers from the Defenders.

Wagon rides to and from the pines, tree shaking and baling, and hot coffee and cocoa in the warming house are included at no extra charge.  Hand saws are also provided, or bring your own (no chain saws or axes, please). Handcrafted holiday items are available for sale in the warming house.  If you bring your dog, please keep it on a leash while you are here, and do not bring it into the Warming House.

Oney’s Tree Farm
16608 Route 14

  • November 29th – December 8th
    Cut Your Own | Pre Cut Trees | Gift Shop
  • December 9th – December 15th
    Pre Cut Trees | Gift Shop
  • Open Daily: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Fields close at 3:30pm
  • All Trees 5′ – 9′ $75
  • Evergreens (9’+) $10 per foot
  • Trees Under 5′ $50
  • FREE shaking and netting of trees
  • Custom wreaths, centerpieces, garland in the decorating room
  • Bakery items

    Weekend Activities: 

  • Mrs. Claus in her North Pole House
  • Free horse drawn wagon rides in our rolling fields ( 10:00-3:00)
  • Bakery and lunch items.
  • Pony Rides
  • Stay and play in Woodstock!

Sullivan’s Tree Farm
24774 W. Petite Lake Drive
Lake Villa


Fresh cut Christmas Trees!

Kroll’s Farm Christmas Trees
13236 W. Town Line Road

Fraser, Balsam, Canaan, Blue Spruce, White Pine

Handmade wreaths, Roping, Centerpieces, Christmas tree stands and more!

Additional Local Places to buy pre-cut trees: Boy Scout Troop at United Methodist Church, Pasquesi Home & Gardens, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Menard’s, Costco

Events & Tree Lightings

Dickens of a Holiday

It’s an exciting and festive time in Downtown Libertyville during Dickens of a Holiday on Saturday December 1st and December 8th.  We hope your whole family can join in the festivities!

*Photos with Santa in Cook Park – Santa will be in town December 7th and 14th from 10am -12pm & 1pm-3pm to spread cheer throughout.  Visit Santa in his sleigh and have your picture taken.  Donations to MainStreet.

*Visit the Children’s Holiday Shoppe at Petranek’s Pharmacy in their Community Room! Children can purchase gifts for their family with the help of Santa’s Elves! No adults allowed inside while the children shop for their loved ones. Items priced up to $6.

*Victorian Tea – 11am to 1pm – St. Lawrence Episcopal Church – Call the MainStreet office for reservations…847-680-0336

*Donations of non-perishable food items for Libertyville Township food pantry appreciated.

*Ansel B. Cook Museum Tours December 7th and 14th from 11am – 3pm!


David Adler Music & Arts Center
Perform-a-thon 2018: Making Spirits Bright
Saturday, December 14th
1700 N. Milwaukee Avenue


11am – 7pm  —  Continuous student performances at the David Adler Music and Arts Center, 1700 N. Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048

11am – 8pm  — Artisan Gift Shop is open

2pm – 4pm  —  Ornament making workshop at the David Adler Music and Arts Center

4pm-7pm — S’more Station is open

7pm – 8pm    Making Spirits Bright sing-a-long concert at the David Adler Music and Arts Center, featuring Adler Center voice students.  Sing a long as we celebrate the end of a successful perform-a-thon and spread holiday cheer.

Celebrate the season with a day-long marathon of spirited performances at the Adler Center. Come along for a community caroling party at 7pm featuring Adler voice students and all your favorite holiday songs. Ornament making, maker’s market, refreshments, prizes. All proceeds benefit the Adler Center’s Student Scholarship fund.

Elf on the Shelf
Genesee Theatre
December 20th

Dancenter North – The Magic of the Nutcracker
Genesee Theatre
Saturday, December 8th
1:00pm & 5:00pm
Ticket prices vary. Purchase via Ticketmaster or Genesee Theatre box office. More information can be found on their website.
Libertyville High School
Saturday and Sunday, December 15th and 16th
Ticket prices vary. Purchase in person or over the phone via the Dancenter North office during regular hours.
Saturday, December 15th
“Clara’s Dream” (60 minute abbreviated performance)
 Ticket prices vary and include an option “Clara’s Special Party” which is an onstage meet & greet experience with performers and includes photo opportunities and goody bags. Party tickets are limited and must be purchased in addition to a performance ticket. Each party ticket admits one child and up to two chaperones).

Breakfast with Santa
Lamb’s Farm
December 8,9,15,16 at 9:00am, 10:30am, and 12:00pm

Kids can enjoy a delicious brunch and visit with Santa.

They can choose a holiday gift, make a picture frame, decorate a gingerbread man, make sand art ornaments and more.

Brunch: $17.95, $7.95 for children 23 months and younger
(includes activities)

Please call the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery to set up your reservations at

Crawford House at Butler Lake
December 14th, 8:30 – 9:30am & 10:45 – 11:45am
Breakfast and pictures with Santa. Register in advance. $10 per person $2 children 2 and under.

Breakfast ‘N’ Story with Santa
Mundelein Park District
Dunbar Recreation Center
December 14th 9:00 – 11:00am

Children will have an opportunity to share their holiday lists and enjoy Santa reading, “The Night Before Christmas”.

Breakfast will be served, followed by activities, crafts and holiday fun!

Breakfast will be served to everyone.

Cost for Adults: $15 per person/resident, $20 per person/nonresident

Cost for Children(Ages 12 and under): $10 per person/resident, $15 per person/nonresident

Water Wonderland Pool Party
Vernon Hills Park District
December 21st 6:00 – 8:00pm
Lakeview Fitness Center

The weather outside is frightful, but the water inside will be delightful!

Come to Lakeview Fitness for an exclusive open swim with a winter theme.

Santa will even stop by to get his feet wet!

Fee: $3 Pre-registration, $5 Day of Event, 2 years and younger are free.

New Year’s Eve Family Party
Vernon Hills Park District
Sullivan Community Center
December 31st 4:00 – 6:30pm

Looking for a great place to usher in 2020?

Do you want to have the kids home and in bed by midnight?

Come to Times Square in Vernon Hills (also known as the Sullivan Community Center) and celebrate New Year’s Eve, family-style!

We’ll have a DJ spinning your favorite tunes of 2018. The gym will be open for play too.

We’ll finish the party with our very own countdown at 6 pm.  Food will be available for purchase.

This event will sell out, so be sure to buy your tickets early.

Fee: $5, 2 years and younger are free.

Gingerbread House Workshops
Tastebuds Kitchen
2521 Waukegan Road

Various dates through the holiday season for teens, family, adults only

Tree Lightings

Friday, November 29, 2019
6:30 – 8:30pm
Tree Lighting

Come enjoy the Tree Lighting in Cook Park. Carolers at 6:30pm, Lighting at 7:00pm

Friday, December 6, 2019
300 Plaza Circle
Tree Lighting

Please join us for Mundelein’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony at the Village Plaza (new location). Festivities begin with music, singing and other Holiday themed entertainment. Santa Claus will help with the official countdown for the lighting of the Village Holiday Tree and an amazing fireworks display! This is the perfect way to kick-off the beautiful holiday season. We hope to see you there!

Santa’s Cottage
6:00 – 8:00pm

Santa’s Cottage is one of Mundelein’s most cherished events in the eyes of children and their parents. Hosted by the Mundelein Community Connection, a visit to Santa’s Cottage is a memorable experience year in and year out. Santa’s Cottage is located outside of the Mundelein Village Hall-300 Plaza Circle.

Vernon Hills
Saturday, November 30, 2019
291 Evergreen Drive
4:30 – 7:30pm
Tree & Menorah Lighting

The 2018 Vernon Hills Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony will be held at the Vernon Hills Golf Course. Help bring the holiday season in by assisting Mayor Roger Byrne flip the switch to the holiday tree. Bring the family, the neighbors, and the kids out for hot chocolate, cookies, and cider. With the assistance of the Countryside Fire District, Santa has been able to clear his calendar in order to attend this event.

Mellody Farm Tree Lighting
901 N. Milwaukee Avenue
6 – 8pm

See our Calendar for many more events!

Winter - Daddy Daughter Dances

2020 Information will be updated as it becomes available!

Daddy Daughter Dance
Libertyville Sports Complex
1950 Highway 45 
Friday, February 7, 2020
7:00 – 9:00pm


Daddy and Daughters will enjoy a wonderful evening of dancing and fun. Memories of this evening will last for years to come. This unforgettable night will include music by a professional DJ, dancing, delicious desserts, beverages and a picture taken of you by Studio West. Advance registration required. Please register the child only for the program.

Registration required: Code: 10913 $35R/$50 NR per couple Code: 10914 $10 additional child

Daddy Daughter Dancel 
Dunbar Recreation Center
888 Dunbar Road
Friday, February 1, 2020
5:00 – 7:00pm

his Daddy Daughter dance gives young ladies a chance to dance the night away with their first Valentine! A memory making night of dancing, entertainment, a complimentary slice of pizza and treats under the sparkling lights. Make sure to bring your best moves as we will be presenting a 2020 ‘Best Dad Dancer’ award. Every daughter will receive a flower as they leave the dance. You can wear your party clothes, but dressing up is optional. There will be a photo backdrop to capture this memoriable ehchanting night. Deadline to Register is January 25.

Note: Remember all participants must be accompanied by a chaperone. Everyone attending must register and pay.
Last day to register Jan 25th.

Fee for 3 or more years old for Resident: $18 and Non-Resident $20. Chaperone must also purchase a ticket. 

Just The Two Of Us
Sullivan Community Center
635 N. Aspen Drive
Vernon Hills
Friday, February 8th 

This event is just for girls and their special dates. Bring your dad, uncle, grandfather or significant male other who is at least 18 years old. A DJ will provide the music for dancing. Wear your special party clothes. Create a dessert delight. All girls will receive a keepsake. 300501-1

Ages: 3-11 years
R/NR $20/25 couple
R/NR $10/12 each additional child

Cinderella’s Royal Father Daughter Ball
Robert W. Rolek Community Center
Round Lake
Saturday, February 2nd 6:00 – 9:00pm

Princess Cinderella and her Royal Friends invite all little princesses of the kingdom and their fathers to come enjoy an enchanted evening. Princesses and guests will enjoy a buffet of sweet treats, a photo booth, and dancing the night away. So shine your tiaras, dust off your glass slippers and join Princess Cinderella in celebrating together.

Date: February 2, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Robert W. Rolek Community Center, 814 Hart Rd, Round Lake
Fee: $30 per couple; $10 each additional child

Daddy Daughter Winter Ball
Lake Forest Recreation Center Gym
400 Hastings Road
Lake Forest
5:30 – 7:30pm

The Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Department invites fathers and
their young princess or princesses to attend our Winter Ball. The gymnasium will be transformed into a beautiful castle, providing a magical night of dinner, dancing, and crafts. Daughters are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Disney princess. We hope to see you there!

Register with code 20340303 at
R: $53 NR: $64 + $35 per additional daughter

Present your daughter with a keepsake floral gift from Lake Forest Flowers!
> Floral wrist corsage designed on a pearl bracelet – $25 each
> Add a matching boutonniere for Dad – $10

Call Lake Forest Flowers to order! (847) 234-0017
546 N. Western Ave, Lake Forest

Daddy Daughter Dance
Life Time Athletic
680 Woodlands Parkway
Vernon Hills
4:00 – 6:00pm

Join us for the Daddy Daughter Dance on February 23. Dads and their girls will twirl the night away with memorable moments, including games, crafts, food and — of course — dancing! Register today at the Activity Center.

Price per member couple: $45
Price per non-member couple: $55

Sledding & Ice Skating

Sledding & Ice Skating




Charles Brown “Charlie Brown” Park
Sylvan Drive
Small hill that neighborhood families use for sledding for younger children age 2-6

Adler Park
1500 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Two sledding hill options plus a warming house complete with bathrooms. Features a small ice skating surface available for recreational skating.
For ice surface updates, call the Recreation Department Weather Hotline at (847)247-5433 OPTION 3.

Old School Forest Preserve
St. Mary’s Road, South of 176
Large sled hill

Copeland School
801 S. Seventh Avenue
Small hill for toddlers

Butterfield School
1441 W. Lake Street
Small hill for toddlers

Hill near Condell
801 S. Milwaukee Avenue
Small hill that neighborhood families use for sledding

Nicholas Dowden Park
920 Crane Boulevard
Features a small ice skating surface available for recreational skating and ice hockey play.
For ice surface updates, call the Recreation Department Weather Hotline at (847)247-5433 OPTION 3.

Libertyville Sports Complex
1950 US-45
LSC Outdoor Hockey Rink – The hockey rink will be prepared for ice skating season when winter weather conditions begin in December.

PHONE HOTLINE for skating conditions at (847)247-5433 *OPTION 3.
There is no supervision provided. Therefore, people using the hockey rink are doing so at their own risk. Posted signage indicates General Rules.

“Open Skating” Usage Details

  • Hockey Rink is for “open skating” with users sharing the space for hockey and skating, similar to open gym for soccer, basketball inside the LSC.
  • Open to the public for both residents of Libertyville and non-residents. No Fee for usage.

HOURS OF OPERATION: DAILY, 9am-10pm; Hours subject to change due to weather conditions, ice conditions, etc.

  • Other Important Information
    The LSC is not to be used as a warm-up shelter.
    A Porta Potty is located at the Rink for skaters to use. No usage of LSC indoor washrooms.
    Skaters are to call 911 in the event of accidents or other emergencies.
    Hockey Goals will be provided and on-site
    No special private rental time during the Ice Season due to unpredictable weather.
    Parking available near the hockey rink.




Keith Mione Community Park
1401 N. Midlothian Road
Chalet and sled hill

John Wiech Park
IL Route 60/83
Snowmobile trail link

Kracklauer Park
Seymour Avenue
Small sled hill for toddlers

Maurice Kroll Park
Huntington Road
Small sled hill for toddlers

Lewandowski Park
Prairie Road
Small sled hill for toddlers



Vernon Hills

Century Park
1001 Lakeview Parkway
Sled Hill, Pavilion, and Ice Rinks lit until 9:00pm daily.

There will be two rinks in Century Park: one for general skating and the other for hockey. Check the posted sign at the hill, Vernon Hills Park District website, or call the weather hotline to see if conditions are favorable for winter activities on any given day.

Augusta Park
210 Augusta Drive
Small, neighborhood sled hill good for toddlers



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