Mother reading to her child. © steven e grossResources Available at the Library

Parenting books can be found on the main floor with call number 649.1. Not sure where to find this section? Just ask a librarian!

Learn It! Early Learning Activities

Bring some of the experience of the library’s Early Learning Center home!  Sign up to receive a custom-made interactive learning activity for your child. For Birth – 2nd grade. Limited supply available.

Websites to Help You Inspire Your Child to Read

Reading is Fundamental: learning activity calendars, tips, and resources
Reading Rockets: strategies and tips for helping your child become a strong reader
Colorin colorado: a bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners

Free or Inexpensive Museums in Lake County

Wildlife Discovery Center
Get up close and personal with reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. Participate in the nature-based programs and enjoy the interpretive trails.
1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest | 847-810-3663
Open Tues/Fri/Sat/Sun from 10:00am – 4:00 pm. Closed on major holidays and the second weekend in October and the second Sunday of March.
Free admission for individuals and families

Prairie Grass Nature Museum
Explore the ecology of Lake County with realistic habitats, live animals, and engaging activities
860 Hart Rd., Round Lake | 847-740-9823
Located in the Aquatics Center and Nature Museum Building
Tuesdays – Thursdays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Saturdays: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Note: Due to programming, open hours are subject to change. Please feel free to call.
Free admission

Heller Nature Center
Enjoy the nature exhibit, programs, trails, and native plants and animals at this 97-acre preserve.
2821 Ridge Rd., Highland Park | 847-433-6901
Monday – Friday 8:30am-5pm; Saturday 9am-3pm; Sunday Closed

Bonner Heritage Farm
Tour these interactive outdoor exhibits and experience farming and agriculture on a Midwestern farm.
201 Country Place, Lindenhurst
Open 6:30am – sunset daily
Free Admission

Children’s Neighborhood Museum
A tot-sized replica of a town built for kids ages 1-6 to explore, imagine, and create.
814 Hart Road, Round Lake | 847-546-8558

Mornings Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday: 9:30-11:30am
Afternoons Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday: 1:30-3:30pm
Evenings Wednesdays: 5:00-6:30pm (Free Admission)

Admission: $6 per child, but Wednesday evenings are free!

Dinosaur Discovery Center
Focuses on the link between meat-eating dinosaurs and birds, one of the most complete known fossil records. Presents current, ongoing research in the study of dinosaurs.
5608 Tenth Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin | 262-653-4450
Open Tuesday through Sunday: Noon to 5 pm; Closed Mondays year round.
No Admission Fee. Suggested donation $2.

Kenosha Civil War Museum
Uses personal stories and narratives to show how the Civil War impacted people in the Midwest.
5400 1st Ave., Kenosha | 262-653-4141
Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday Noon-5pm
General Admission: $9, Youth (15 & under) Free, when accompanied by paying adult

Kenosha Public Museum
Features displays of mammoth fossils, zoology, fine and decorative arts, and world cultures.
5500 1st Ave., Kenosha | 262-653-4140
Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday Noon-5pm
Free admission