Halloween is in the rearview mirror, did you think things would slow down? Think again! Stay on the move in November with events for the whole family. Roll pumpkins, build homes for gnomes, play with gators and – you’ll have to read on to hear the rest. On your mark, get set … keep going!

laternenfest-cc franz lina via flickr

photo: Franz Lina via flickr


Grow Curiouser and Curiouser with Alice in Wonderland
Chicago Kids Company – Theater for Children (CKC) presents Alice in Wonderland, a musical adaptation of the classic tale! Discover the magic of Wonderland alongside Alice. Meet characters who grow “curiouser and curiouser,” including the White Rabbit, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts. Oct. 23-Nov. 25., 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Beverly Arts Center. $12. Ages 2-8. Event details 

Gold Coast

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is the story of a very dapper china rabbit named Edward Tulane who gets lost at sea, bounces from person to person and decade to decade until the audience is shown a true miracle, and Edward discovers the transformative power of love. Stuart Carden returns to CCT after his critically acclaimed debut outing last fall with Leo Lionni’s Frederick. Now through Nov. 15, varied showtimes. Ruth Page Center for the Arts. $10-$39. Ages 7 & up. 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.

Lincoln Park

Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans
Take your kids to a musical and watch beloved Magic Tree House characters, Jack and Annie, venture through the tuneful streets of 1915 New Orleans, where they discover 14-year-old Louis Armstrong and must set him on the trumpeting path to become the “King of Jazz.” This triumphant tale explores a world where possibilities are endless and stirs the soul of the Jazz Age. Sun., 1 p.m. Apollo Theater. Tickets start at $15. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Lincoln Square

German International School Chicago and the DANK Haus welcome children of all ages and backgrounds to a fun-filled autumn celebration. In Europe, Laternenfest is a fall festival where children walk through their villages with lighted lanterns on the eve of St. Martin’s feast day (Martinstag). Our Chicago celebration includes lantern-making and other kid-friendly activities and concludes with a lantern parade at dusk. Sun., 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Dank Haus. $8. All ages. Event details.

West Loop

Saturday Kids Pokemon League
Pokemon fans have a place to learn how to play the game! Every Saturday they can learn with other Pokemon Trainers. They may use any cards they have, but must bring or purchase a ready-to-play 60 card deck. Don’t know how to play? Arrive at 10 a.m. for a learn-to-play session. At 10:30 players will be matched and play will begin. Trainers can earn incentives along the way for attendance, good sportsmanship and wins! Sat., 10 a.m. Cat & Mouse West Loop. Free; $10/fee if you drop off kids. Ages 7-12. Event Details.


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. Fri. & 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.

Lake in the Hills

Great Pumpkin Roll
Join in for the Great Pumpkin Roll and have the chance to become the area’s first champion pumpkin roller. Experience the crazy fun of rolling a pumpkin down the steep hill at Butch Hagele Beach and watch how far it will go or smash! Bring your own pumpkins from home and roll them for FREE or enter the contest and win a special prize for landing on the lucky pumpkin spot. Pre-registration preferred, but day of event registration will be available. Sat., 11:30 a.m. Butch Hagele Beach. $5/ages 15 & up; $4/ages 6-14; $2/ages 2 & under. All ages. Event details.


Hunt for Gnomes and Build Them Sweet Homes
Gnomes are invading Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek in the Children’s Garden. Can you find them all? Search for them throughout the week and then come back on the weekend to continue the hunt and create a keepsake, light-up gnome home of your own. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Morton Arboretum. Hunt is free with general admission; home building is $7/member, $10/non-member. All ages. Event details.


Gator Encounters for Reptile Lovers
Get up-close and personal with alligators at the world’s only traveling gator experience, Gator Encounters, at the World Pet Association’s Aquatic Experience. Show attendees can interact with gators at a touch tank and see new live octopus and piranha tanks. Check the website for details on the Kids Aquarium Contest where entrants are challenged to design an aquarium that reflects their personality. Fri.-Sun., noon-3 p.m. Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. $25/family; $10/person; free for ages 4 & under. Event details.


LEGO® Star Wars™ Days
May the Force Be With You at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago for LEGO® Star Wars™ Days. Help build a large model of Yoda to display in the Center, make themed creations, compete in themed speed build competitions, take photos with life-sized LEGO Darth Vader and LEGO R2-D2 and participate in the MINILAND Scavenger Hunt. In addition to all that fun, you’ll have a chance to win prizes and giveaways. Sat. & Sun., noon-7 p.m. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center. Starts at $13.50. All ages. Event details.

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—Maria Chambers