Did you rock September? Excellent. Welcome October with a bang at family events full of fall fun, see new high-flying exhibits, stomp grapes and more! Read on to find our Editor’s picks for weekend fun.
photo: Kohl Children’s Museum, Run! Jump! Fly!
Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action
Kohl Children’s Museum is out to show kids that exercise is fun with their newest exhibit, Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action. Visitors will engage in five different exercise simulations that include surfing, snowboarding, kung fu and rock climbing – all in a fun and immersive environment. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Kohl Children’s Museum. $11; free for children 1 & under. Ages 0-8. Event details.
Cornucopia Fall Festival and Art Fair
Fall fun for the whole family! Eugene Field Park invites families to their Cornucopia Fall Festival and Art Fair. Enjoy live entertainment, hunt for the perfect pumpkin in the patch, get your animal fix in the petting zoo, jump around in the inflatables, get your faces painted, fill your bellies at one of the food trucks and shop for art from local artists. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Eugene Field Park. Activities range from $2-$5. All ages. Event details.
Good Night Moon & the Runaway Bunny
Introduce the next generation of theatergoers to Chicago Children’s Theatre’s season opener, Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny. Combining two beloved bedtime books from Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd, this enchanting double-bill delights with innovative puppetry, striking effects and evocative original music. Various showtimes through Oct. 11. Ruth Page Center for the Arts. $39/adult; $28/children; $10/day-of tickets. Ages 2-6. Event details.
Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago’s offbeat and totally entertaining circus takes its act on the road, performing in parks in all corners of the city. The troupe does high-wire acts, juggling, clowning and acrobatics. It’s all for a good cause: The tour raises money to improve public parks and playgrounds. Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. Independence Park. $5. All ages. Event details.
A Detective Game with Cat-titude
This interactive spy story provides the purrr-fect opportunity to show your little ones the mystery and excitement of live theatre. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, gather clues to help Three Little Kittens find their missing mittens and make new discoveries before Mother Cat comes slinking home. Daily, varied showtimes. Emerald City’s Little Theatre. $15, $8/children 1 & under. Ages 0-5. Event details.
First-Ever Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo
Usher in the harvest season with your animal friends at Lincoln Park Zoo’s first-ever Fall Fest, a family celebration complete with rides, activities and entertainment. An a-maize-ing corn maze, Ferris wheel, hay mountain, a giant 60-ft. burlap sack slide and hay wagon rides round out the fun. Pumpkins will be available for sale at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo pumpkin patch daily throughout October. Fri – Sun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lincoln Park Zoo. Free admission; $3/ride tickets. All ages. Event details.
Hay There! Build Your Own Scarecrow
Wagner Farm is an outdoor living history museum that gives you an inside look at farming and rural life in Glenview during the first part of the 20th century. As part of its series of fall festivals, you can build your own scarecrow. They provide the straw, pumpkinhead and the know-how; you provide old clothes and your big imagination. Sat., noon-3 p.m. Wagner Farm. $5/scarecrow. All ages. Event details.
Scary or spectacular – Morton Arboretum lets you be the judge. Find out where spiders live and how they help our gardens grow. They’ll even have spiders available for viewing. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Morton Arboretum. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.
Trick or Trees
Come in your costume to play tricky games, fashion fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home as a treat. Small pumpkins to paint will also be available for purchase. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Morton Arboretum. Free with admission, small fee for pumpkins. All ages. Event details.
Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm Pumpkin Fest
Harvest memories with your family with a visit to Siegel’s Pumpkin Fest. Guests will find a petting zoo, hayrack rides to a u-pick pumpkin field, train rides, haunted barn, 2-acre corn maze, pony rides, zombie paintball ride, a climbing wall, gem mining and more! Don’t forget your Siegel’s Suds, homebrewed sodas in a special souvenir cup. Sept. 26- Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm. $15. All ages. Event details.
Oktoberfest at the Settlement
Hit up Naper Settlement this weekend to celebrate all things German. Under a large heated tent, enjoy live musical entertainment ranging from classic German Oompa music to classic rock, along with German beer and cuisine. Get the kids in on the fun with hoola hoops, bag toss and climb, touch, slide and explore the Settlement’s Playscape area that features a Conestoga Wagon, sensory garden, make-believe trading post and playground. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Naper Settlement. $15/adults; $10/ages 4-12. All ages. Event details.
Stomp Grapes and Sing German Tunes
Stomp grapes, sing and let the spirit move you at this west suburban winery and inn, which throws this bash in celebration of the grape harvest. Young and old are invited to join in on the grape stomping and grape spitting contests. There’s also a German sing-a-long, cork tossing contest and lederhosen costume contest. Dig into pork sandwiches from a pig roast and heap on a side of German potato salad. Don’t leave without buying a caramel apple, strudel or a slice of delicious German chocolate cake. Sat., 3 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. Lynfred Winery. $3; free for ages 13 & under. All ages. Event details.
Rediscover Disney Classics on the Big Screen
Revisit beloved Disney classics on the big screen with your favorite Disney groupies. The Walt Disney Company and Cinemark Seven Bridges will show four throwback films daily, seven days a week. Showing this week: Oceans, The Little Mermaid, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Daily, varied showtimes. Cinemark Seven Bridges. $5. All ages. Event details.
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