One of the (few) things I don’t miss about the city is the light pollution. Although the Lake County suburbs are far from a dark, there are plenty more areas where you can view the night sky without the obstruction of tall buildings or excess light. If you don’t feel qualified to point out constellations, or you want a chance to use some nice equipment without purchasing it you’re in luck! Lake County is home to the Lake County Astronomical Society (LCAS), a group of astronomy enthusiasts who put on monthly presentations and programs perfect for families.
As the days start to get longer, and the kids start staying up later, the LCAS is getting into full swing with its programming. Check them out at one of these upcoming events.They are best suited for children 8 and up.
Astronomy Nights at Volo Bog State Natural Area28478 West Brandenburg Rd., Ingelside
Held the third friday of every month, the next event is April 17. The evening starts with a meeting, which is open to the public, and then a public presentation at 8:30 p.m. There will be a public star party in the parking lot at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting. Guests will able to use member binoculars and telescopes for enhanced viewing.
Lake County Library Series
The LCAS also does a series of events at Lake County libraries. These are free and open to the public and do not require pre-registration. Most events are held in the parking lot.
Upcoming programs include:
Lake Villa District Library1001 East Grand Ave., Lake VillaStar Party – April 23 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
1170 North Midlothian Rd., MundeleinMoon Over Mundelein – April 27 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
801 North Main Street, WaucondaMoon Over Wauconda – April 29 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
505 North Northwest Highway, BarringtonMoon Over Barrington – May 26 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
255 East Grand Ave., Fox LakeMoon Over Fox Lake – May 27 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
19351 Washington Street, Grayslake
Star gazers of all ages won’t want to miss LCAS big Astronomy Day event. This full day event takes place on April 25 at the College of Lake County Technology Building. Daytime activities run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and include comet-making demonstrations, solar observation and a walking tour of a scale model of the solar system. There will be a craft table for younger children and door prizes. The day culminates with a star party from 7-10 p.m., weather permitting.