CCSD 46 serves the students of seven communities in north suburban Lake County, Illinois. We are providing handy links to educational and fun family resources in the Chicagoland and Milwaukee areas.
Please feel free to email the webmaster and send any additional links that you feel would be helpful to other community members and we will include those on this page.
All photos from their respective websites.
Little Lake County
Little Lake County is a website by parents, for parents about everything Lake County. Visit their website for more resources and events going on right in our own backyards!
National Park Service
Kick off the second century of the National Park Service by exploring your national parks! For 10 days in 2017, all national parks across the country will waive admission fees. Find a park near you!
January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 20: Presidents Day
April 15-16, 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 30: National Public Lands Day
November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Illinois residents enjoy free general admission on Adler Discount Days with proof of residency.
January 6-13, 16-20
February 6-10, 20-24
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Illinois residents free every Thursday from 5:00-8:00PM.
Residents under 13 are free everyday
Visit the Art Institute's Family Programs Calendar.
Bonner Heritage Farm
19412 W. Sand Lake Road, Lindenhurst, IL
The Bonner Heritage Farm located in Lindenhurst features a self-guided tour of the workings of the Bonner Family Farm. Originally homesteaded in 1842, donated to the LCFP in 1995.
3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL
Free on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays January 3-February 28, 2017
Free admission to the Hamill Family Play Zoo January 3-February 28, 2017
Visit the Brookfield Zoo website for information on upcoming programs and events.
Chicago Children's Museum
Navy Pier - 700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
Chicago Children's Museum offers free admission in 2017 for all visitors every Thursday from 5:00-8:00PM. Free admission for visitors 15 and under on the first Sunday of each month.
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago
Chicago History Museum offers free admission in 2017 for Illinois residents:
Tuesdays from 12:30-7:00 PM
The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Free basic admission in 2017 for Illinois residents:
January 4-5, 16, 28-30
Visit the Field Museum website for information on Family Programs happening at the Field Museum.
Lake County Discovery Museum
Route 176, Wauconda
The Lake County Discovery Museum is moving from the Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda to the Lake County Forest Preserve Main Offices in Libertyville. They anticipate their grand opening in late 2017.
Lake County Forest Preserve
Lake County, IL
Visit their webpage for a wealth of information on sports, activities, camps, and locations of some of the best nature areas around.
Legoland Discovery Center
With over 3 million Lego bricks in their indoor location it is a perfect place to explore on a day off of school. Visit the website for a Midweek Saver Ticket for visits Monday-Friday.
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street, Chicago
Lincoln Park Zoo is free and open every day of the year!
Milwaukee County Zoo
10001 W. Blue Mound Road, Milwaukee
Milwaukee County Zoo offers Family Free Days for 2017:
January 7, February 4, March 4, October 7, November 4, and December 2
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Illinois residents can enjoy free general admission in 2017 on Tuesdays, year round. Children under 12 are always free. October-May free admission for families with children under 12 on the second Saturday of the month.
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Illinois residents can enjoy free general admission during 2017:
January 10-12, 16-19, 24-26, 31
February 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28
June 5-9, 12
September 5-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Illinois resident discount days in 2017 receive free general admission:
January 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 27-28, 29-31
February 6-7, 10-14, 21, 27-28
June 5-6, 12-13
September 5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26
October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-26, 30-31
November 6-7, 13-14, 20-21