As though you need more to do this October! In between all the apple picking, corn mazing and harvest festing, we’ve got 10 more to-do’s to add to your list. Meet the new tuxedo-wearing residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, scavenger hunt and take a seat at a children’s film fest. Wait, don’t go yet! There’s lots more where that came from. Check out our Editor’s picks for a stellar month in Chicago.

art-institute-of-chicagophoto: Art Institute of Chicago

(1) Calling All Potter Fans for a Wizardly Scavenger Hunt!
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter series. Be prepared to track down flying owls, Hagrid-like giants, dragons that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, and eerie figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor.

When: Sat., Oct. 1
Hours: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Grant Park
Cost: $15-$26.50 (includes museum admission for ages 14+); advance purchase required

SpotHero Garagephoto: Kohl Children’s Museum

(2) Check Out a Brand New Exhibit That’ll Have You Revving Your Engines
Vroom vroom! Check into the SpotHero Car Garage exhibit to take a trip through the wonderful world of automobiles, exploring car design, technology and gravity.

When: Daily all month long
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
Cost: $12/adults & children, $11/seniors, free for ages 12 months & under

Chicago Botanical Garden - Glencoe, Ilphoto: Chicago Botanic Model Railroad Garden

(3) Catch it Before it’s Gone! Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America 
This is your very last chance to experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Model Railroad Garden. The exhibit features 18 garden-scale trains on 1,600 feet of track with vignettes of tiny people and animals that give it a storybook feel.

When: Daily through Sun., Oct. 30
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Cost: $6/adults; $4/ages 3-12; free for 2 & under

Lincoln Park Zoo Penguinsphoto: Lincoln Park Zoo

(4) Give a Blistery Cold Welcome to the Penguins
African penguins, jackass penguins (giggles!), or black-footed penguins — regardless of what you call them, penguins are returning to Lincoln Park Zoo as part of the new Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove. Nine male and four female African penguins will inhabit the 3,350-square-foot outdoor exhibit space featuring a 20,500-gallon pool and naturalistic South African landscape. The state-of-the-art exhibit will also showcase designated nesting areas.

When: Beginning Thurs., Oct. 6
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park
Cost: Always FREE!

(5) Partake in a Halloween Geocache Family Adventure
Spend an afternoon in the great outdoors learning about the sport of geocaching, including how to use a GPS device. Join in for a treasure hunt along an eight-stage, multi-cache containing tricks and treats! GPS Units will be provided.

When: Sat., Oct. 8
Hours: 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Lake View Nature Center, 17W063 Hodges Rd., Oakbrook Terrace
Cost: $12

(6) Spend the Day at a Fun Fest Fit for the Whole Family
MB Financial Park is back with their Family Fall Fest where families can enjoy free horse-drawn hayrides, balloon sculpting, face painting, magic acts and pumpkin painting. Acclaimed pumpkin carver Steve Dahlke will be onsite carving a 500-pound pumpkin, which will remain on display through Halloween. Chicago 6, comprised of former 1985 Chicago Bears Dan Hampton, Otis Wilson and Steve McMichael, along with John McFarland and Ed Kammerer, will perform a wide range of music from Motown to classic rock and country hits.

When: Sat., Oct. 15
Hours: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Where: MB Financial Park, 5501 Park Pl., Rosemont
Cost: Free!

For Educational Family Programs: Angelic Organicsphoto: Angelic Organics

(7) A Day in the Woods Should Be on the Fall Agenda
The best farms have a variety of living things and different landscapes. Bring your family to a guided day in the woods and experience 70 acres of forest. The leaves on the trees should be at peak color for a family friendly hike. Take in a hands-on demonstration on campfire building and other survival tips, plus enjoy a campfire treat.

When: Sat., Oct. 15
Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Rd., Caledonia
Cost: $20/person

Midnight Circus in the Park 2photo: Midnight Circus in the Parks

(8) Come One, Come All! (To the Season’s Last 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.

When: Fri., Oct. 14-Sun., Oct. 16
Hours: Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Where: Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave., Lincoln Square
Cost: $15-$20

The Shops at Roosevelt Collectionphoto: The Shops at Roosevelt Collection

(9) Ride that Pony, Pony and Decorate Pumpkins on the Plaza
The Shops at Roosevelt Collection’s Halloween celebration continues this year with a festive gathering on the Plaza! Children and families are invited to ring in the season with pony and hay rides, face painting, a DJ and dancing, and of course, decoration of pumpkins to take home.

When: Sat., Oct. 29
Hours: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: The Shops at Roosevelt Collection, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd., South Loop
Cost: Free

CICFF Documentary Workshopphoto: Chicago International Children’s Film Fest Workshop

(10) See Shows All Across Town at The Chicago International Children’s Film Fest
Calling all movie lovers, young and less young! The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF), the largest annual film festival entirely for kids, is back for its 33rd year with films the entire family (ages 2 & up) will enjoy. Check out the website to find out how to enjoy these flicks that range from feature-length live action to child-produced, participate in one-of-a-kind workshops and meet filmmakers from across the globe. How lucky are we that CIFCC calls Chicago home?

When: Fri., Oct. 28-Sun., Nov. 6
Hours: Various showtimes, check schedules
Where: Theaters all across town!
Cost: $6/ages 2-18; $10/adults

What’s on your family agenda for October. We’d love to hear all about it in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers