While we love being knee-deep in pumpkin patches and apple orchards, October is here to remind us that there’s other kinds of fall fun. This weekend, get your heart pumping at a children’s hospital charity race, see a Civil War re-enactment, stretch it out at a family yoga session and more. Don’t forget Halloween happenings. Yep, they’re already happening.



Cantigny Park Civil War Re-enactment
Make your weekend go down in history. Civil War re-enactors portraying soldiers and civilians set up camp at Cantigny Park. Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln and Harriet Tubman will perform outside the First Division Museum on Saturday, and spectators can witness artillery demonstrations, infantry drills and skirmishes on the Cantigny Parade Field both days. Sat. & Sun. Free ($5 parking). All ages. Event details.


Monster Mash Dance Bash
Boogie and say, “boo.” At this Halloween-themed dance party, you’ll twist, jump and shake with fright (or laughter). Every Fri. & Sat., at 4 p.m. thru Oct. 26. Chicago Children’s Museum. Free with museum admission ($14; children under 1 free). All ages. Event details.

River North

Wild Things Day
Have a blast in honor of author Maurice Sendak with free activities inspired by his loved story, Where the Wild Things Are. There are coloring stations with The Big Draw Chicago, a Sendak story time with the Had Matters of the Junior League, and an art project with The Paintbrush. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Open Books. Free. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Harvest Days at the Farm-in-the-Zoo
Dive into a hootenanny you won’t forget at Lincoln Park Zoo. It has fall-themed crafts, animal encounters and live music. You’ll also get your pick of pumpkins of all sizes, including minis that kids can decorate. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Lincoln Park Zoo. Free. All ages. Event details.

“Llama Llama” Play
Little ones who love the Anna Dewdney “Llama Llama” books will get a kick out of this show which follows the furry character and his mama as they go through their daily routine. You’ll relate as the pair tackles everything from school stress to grocery store grievances to bedtime foibles. Held at various show times thru Jan. 5. Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater. $10-$16. Ages 3-6. Event details. 

Lincoln Square

Family Yoga at Bloom
This fun and interactive class invites kids, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to unwind and have fun. You’ll learn playful poses that can be done together or alone, along with gentle breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Sat., 5-6 p.m. $20/pair; $8 for each additional adult or child. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Hyde Park

Race for the Kids
Get hoofing for a good case at this University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital race. The chip-timed 5K Run/Walk begins and ends on the University of Chicago Quadrangle and travels through Hyde Park and along the lakefront. After the 5K, tots ages six and under can do the Kids’ Dash, while older kids (kindergarten through eighth grade) can set off on the Kids’ Mile. All proceeds benefit the scientific and clinical research at Comer Children’s Hospital. Sun., 9-11:30 a.m. $15-$35. All ages. Event details.


“Storyland” Hands-On Exhibit
Get swept into seven loved children’s book at the Kohl Children’s Museum’s interactive wonderland. Immersive environments (imagine the gardens in “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and the urban snowscape of “The Snowy Day”) have elements to touch, feel and learn from. Thru Jan. 6. Museum admission is $9.50/person; children under age 1 are free. All ages. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Kelly Aiglon

Photo: Kevin Pflug / Courtesy of Cantigny Park