Seasonal

Fall

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

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
Saturdays
April 13th – June 1st
10am – 2pm

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

Fall Market
Saturdays
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
Fridays
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

View all of the businesses websites and call ahead for updates to their procedures and offerings for this unique 2020 season! Reservations may be required and not all attractions may be offered.

Heinz Orchard
1050 Crest Road
Green Oaks
847-770-3449

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.

Opening Day is September 18, 2020! View their website for their mandatory pandemic protocols and note they will shut down before posted hours with no advanced notice if the orchard becomes overcrowded. They appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Apple Holler
5006 South Sylvania Avenue
Sturtevant, WI
262-884-7100

Guests can purchase their apple picking bags every day at our Outdoor Orchard Market walk-up service windows. Pick-Your-Own pricing begins at $15 for a 1/4 peck bag. Click here for additional apple pricing.
 
Apple Picking Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9:00AM until 4:00PM;
Last picking bags are sold at 3:00PM.
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00AM until 5:00PM;
Last picking bags are sold at 4:00PM.
 

Please note that admission is required for everyone entering the orchard.

Although our indoor Restaurant’s Main Dining Room, Bakery, Gift Shop, and Farm Park remain closed at this time, we are pleased to announce that our Orchard Market and Cider & Bakery Barn are open!

Outdoor Orchard Market and Cider & Bakery Barn
Monday-Friday: 9:00AM until 4:00PM; Last picking bags are sold at 3:00PM.
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00AM until 5:00PM; Last picking bags are sold at 4:00PM.

All of our products will be sold outdoors at our Orchard Market and Cider & Bakery Barn walk-up windows for the safety of our staff and guests. Visitors are able to purchase Apple Cider Donuts, an assortment of Homemade Pies, Turnovers, Breads, Fresh Apples, Apple Cider, and more. In addition, we also have fresh Deli Sandwiches, Ice Cream, Jams, Jellies, Salad Dressings, Salsas, Pretzel Dips, Applewood Crates, and much more at our Outdoor Orchard Market and Cafe walk-up windows.

Applewood Grill Drive-Thru: Our Applewood Grill Drive-Thru is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9:00am until 4:00pm! We are offering a limited assortment of Homemade Pies and Donuts, Caramel Apples, Fruit Turnovers, and more! PLUS Steak and Pulled Pork Tacos, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches Brats, Hamburgers, All-Beef Jumbo Hot Dogs, and more, all hot off of our new Drive-Thru Outdoor Applewood Grill!

Pricing information can be found on their website. View their picking calendar here

All Seasons Orchard
14510 IL Route 176
Woodstock
815-338-5637

Honeycrisp season has finally arrived! Starting Sat, 9/12/20 we will have honeycrisp available for u-pick. The length of our honeycrisp u-pick season is typically several weeks but ultimately determined by the number of people that come to pick.
Honeycrisp u-pick will be available 7 days a week until we are picked out. Please note that capacity will be limited on weekends. Tickets can be purchased in advance at AllSeasonsOrchard.com.
On weekdays we will not have capacity limits and tickets can be purchased upon arrival.

Pricing and more information about apple and pumpkin picking, fall fun & food can be found on their website. 

Stade’s Farm & Market
3709 Miller Road
McHenry
815-675-6396

Stade’s Market, Picking and Fall Fun information can be found on their website!

We look forward to your visit for Apple and Pumpkin Picking this Fall.

For the health and safety of everyone during this pandemic, Stade’s Farmtractions Theme Park will remain closed this Fall and will reopen bigger and better than ever in Fall 2021, when we celebrate 25 years of family fun on the farm!

Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm
7150 18th Street (Highway L)
Kenosha, WI
262-859-2645

Country Store Hours: Daily 8am – 6pm

Farm Hours for Fall Attractions 9/15/20 – 10/31/20: Weekdays 4-8pm, Weekends 10am – 8pm

Didier Farm
16678 W. Aptakisic Road
Lincolnshire
847-634-3291

Opening 9/19/20 for the Season – view their website to see what is offered!

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!
Reservations are not required and you are able to purchase tickets at the door!Opening 9/23/20 for the Season!
DAY PASS $14.00 / person
SENIORS $12.00 / person
One-year-olds are FREE – Children 2 and older are full price

 

SEASON PASS $42.00 / person
Valid for one calendar year after the date of purchase.

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

HOURS:

Monday10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Purchase Weekend Tickets Here! 

Weekday Prices
Maze: $7 Adults | $5 Children (12 and under) | 2 and under Free
Hayride: $4 per person | 2 and under free
Pumpkins: Range from $1~$50 | priced by size


*NEW FOR WEEKENDS 2020*
Timed Entry Tickets required for all guests (aged 3 & up) on Saturday and Sundays.
Admission: $10/person
Includes Hayride, Corn Maze and Animal area.
(ONLY TICKETED ON WEEKENDS AND COLUMBUS DAY)

 

Country Bumpkin
27691 N. Gilmer Road
Mundelein
847-566-2176

Family owned garden center since 1988!
2020 Bumpkin Pumpkin Festival begins September 26th! We’ll have the Straw Maze, Farm Animal Barn & Barrel Train. Pumpkins, Fall Annuals, Mums and our Halloween Shop will be open. 

Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center
40 W. Higgins Road
South Barrington
847-428-6727

2020 Opening Day is September 19th! It’s encouraged to plan in advance and buy tickets since capacity will be limited each day.

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

847-464-5952

Fall Festival Open Daily from August 28, 2020 through Halloween Day

Hours are 9-6 every day, including Columbus Day and Labor Day

*Please note: Special Hours September 19 closing at 3pm*

Patch 22
15900 Kelly Road
Wadsworth
847-336-0120

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: TBD

Mundelein: TBD

Vernon Hills: TBD

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:

Farmer Nicks LLC
815-451-5084

Reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey here!
Heritage breeds
Pasture raised
No hormones
No antibiotics
USDA INSPECTED
$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
847-573-9570

The Honey Baked Ham Company
4949 Grand Avenue
Gurnee
847-775-1616

The Meat Shop
632 E. Hawley Road
Mundelein
847-566-0224

Trader Joe’s
1600 S. Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville
847-680-1739

Whole Foods
851 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills
224-504-3990

Elawa Farm
1401 Middlefork Drive
Lake Forest
847-234-1966

 

Where to Buy Your Thanksgiving Pies:

Bakers Square
1195 S. Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville
847-362-8550

Cheesecake Factory
930 Milwaukee Avenue
Lincolnshire
847-955-2350

Entire Menu is available for pickup and delivery.

Swirl Cafe
847-414-3806

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
847-234-1966

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
Libertyville
847-680-1703

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
Libertyville

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
Libertyville

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
847-780-READ

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
Libertyville
847-984-3846

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
Mundelein

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

 

 

Winter

Holiday Lights & Christmas Trees

Holiday Lights

Santa’s Rock n Lights
Lake County Fair Grounds
1060 E. Peterson Road
Grayslake
*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:

$24.99/Vehicle
(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
Libertyville
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
Gurnee

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
815-675-9729

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
McHenry
815-385-8512

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
Woodstock
815-338-4108

  • 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
847-989-3092

 

Fresh cut Christmas Trees!

Kroll’s Farm Christmas Trees
13236 W. Town Line Road
Waukegan
847-662-5733

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
Waukegan
December 20th
6:30pm

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
3:00pm
Ticket prices vary. Purchase in person or over the phone via the Dancenter North office during regular hours.
Saturday, December 15th
10:30am
“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
847-362-5050

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
Bannockburn

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

Tree Lightings

Libertyville
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

Mundelein
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 
Libertyville
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
Mundelein
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 www.LFParksandRec.com.
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

 

 

Libertyville

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.

 

 

Mundelein

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

 

 

Spring

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
Gurnee

**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

Events

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 www.bunnydash5k.com.

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 www.bunnydash5k.com. 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 www.bunnydash5k.com.
-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 www.bunnydash5k.com.
-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:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brunch-with-the-bunny-tickets-58662790987

 

Flashlight Egg Scramble 
888 Dunbar Road
Mundelein
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
Mundelein
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
Libertyville
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
Gurnee
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
Libertyville
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
$10

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.

 

Nearby:

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.

 

 

More Coming Soon!

 

Spring Events

 

 

Events

2020 information coming soon!

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

Earth Day Volunteer & Activity Day
FREE
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
Mundelein
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!

 

Summer

Local Pools & Beaches

Also visit our Aquatics page under Resources!

Barefoot Bay and Spray Park
1461 N. Midlothian
Mundelein

Closed for the season. 

Spray Park:  

Season (dependent on State guidelines)

July 1–September 7

This year the Spray Park is FREE to residents! Nonresident fee is $4. Please note that nonresident fee is not refundable or transferable.

For 2020 Season: Due to limited capacity, we will have a registration system in place. Guests are encouraged to preregister for time slots the day before visiting. Visit Activenet Registration or call the front desk at 847.388.5430. Daily walk-ups are available depending on space. This enables us to serve a greater number in the community.

View their website to reserve your spot!

Diamond Lake Beach 
1016 N. Diamond Lake Road
Mundelein

2020 Season: July 1–Aug 9 (dependent on State guidelines)
Post Season: August 10–September 7

Beach Hours
M–Su: 11 am–8 pm
Post Season: Weekday 4–7 pm
Post Season: Weekend 11 am–8 pm

Daily Rate
Residents: $5
Nonresidents: $7

Lake Minear Beach 
600 W. Oak Spring Road
Libertyville

Closed for the Season. See their website for the fishing membership information. 

The Beach at Independence Grove 
16400 W. Buckley Road
Libertyville

Closed for the Season

Vernon Hills Aquatic Center
645 N. Aspen Drive

See their website for details on modified opening information. 

Adler Pool
1500 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville

Riverside Pool
Libertyville

Closed for the Season

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