No plans for the weekend yet? Don’t fret, we have you covered! Enter the curious world of Alice in Wonderland, brick-or-treat in a haunted village at LEGOLAND®, get lost in a rooftop maze and so much more! Read on to find our picks for fall weekend fun.




Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND®
LEGO monsters, zombies, and swamp creatures – oh my! LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago is being invaded by all sorts of creepy LEGO creatures for the month-long Brick-or-Treat festivities. Highlights include a haunted village, spooky scavenger hunt, photo opps with life-size LEGO figures and a crazy professor’s lab. Now through Oct. 31. LEGOLAND®. Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $18 ($5 off child admission when wearing a costume). All ages. Event details.


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


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.


Halloween Hoopla
Come see what the Halloween Hoopla is all about at Nettelhorst School. Enjoy a DJ, horse drawn hay rides, arts & crafts for the whole family and much, much more spoooooky fun. Be sure to bring your largest treat bag possible for trick-or-treating down Broadway! Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nettlehorst School. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (activities), 2 p.m.-5 p.m. (trick-or-treat). Free. All ages. Event details.


Trick-Or-Treat on Southport
Lakeview’s favorite Halloween trick-or-treat tradition will be returning! Stock up on treats from merchants on Southport, from Belmont to Irving Park, and participate in free family-friendly activities. The event will also feature art and games, a beer garden, live music, a pet parade, pop-up pumpkin patch and Smilebooth photo booth. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for a surprise countdown to trick-or-treating, as well as to take advantage of discounts at retailers and restaurants. Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (activities); 2 p.m. (trick-or-treating). Southport, Belmont to Irving Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Lakeshore Rooftop Maze
Lakeshore Sport & Fitness has unveiled the largest rooftop maze in Chicago! Located on the 18,000-square-foot astro turf, each Saturday will feature different themes, games and challenges such as Pac Man, Harry Potter, Zombies and more. Crafts, cider making and face painting will be part of the day. Come for the activities and stay for the BOOfet and Halloween-themed movie at Lakeshore’s Harvest rooftop restaurant. Sat., 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (activities), 5:30 p.m. (movie). Lakeshore Sport & Fitness. Free for members; $5/non-member child; $9/child buffet; $19/adult buffet. Ages 2 & up. 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.

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.

Edison Park

Smarty Pants Big Balloon Halloween Show
Packed with magic, comedy and Smarty Pants’ legendary giant balloon props, the Big Balloon Show is a hilarious Halloween balloon stage show suitable for the entire family (so bring along Grandpa too!) Sat., 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. WIP Theatre. $10. All ages. 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.


Splendid Spiders
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. Fri., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Morton Arboretum. Free with admission. 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. 


Fairy Godmother’s Masquerade Ball
Celebrate Halloween with 10 of your favorite royal characters and a Masquerade Ball! Join the Fairy Godmother as she hosts a Halloween dance party filled with magic, dancing, singing, Halloween treats, crafts, scavenger hunts and memories! Be sure to bring your camera for the many photo ops! Use coupon code “REDTRI” to get 10% off. Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kings Hall. $10/adult; $40/child. Ages 3-7. Event details


Hofbräuhaus Chicago Oktoberfest
The sister location to the legendary original in Munich is surprisingly family friendly on weekend afternoons. In a grand dining hall packed with communal tables, you can get excited about a rotating array of European musicians that play oompah music on stage (brace yourself for the chicken dance). There are also kids’ parades and games, and you might even see an aplhorn, a long horn used by Swiss mountain dwellers. Come hungry for traditional german fare. Now through Oct. 31, Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free (cost for food). All ages. Event details.


Take a Walk on the Dark Side
Experience the natural wonders of Spring Valley with a nocturnal twist. Take a ride upon a covered wagon to the trail entrance for a half-hour walk through the woods. Guides will lead you along the trail where spooky surprises await. Halloween-themed activities will be available at the Nature Center. Fri. & Sat., 6:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley. $6/advance tickets; $8/at the door. Ages 4 & up. Event details

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—Maria Chambers

Photo: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago