Have you rocked September so far? This is your last chance before rolling on into October (can you even believe that!). From corn mazes to apple picking and sea otters to dinos, read on to find our Editor’s fail-proof picks for loving the family life this weekend.

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Go Apple Picking!
Apples are the superheroes of the fruit world—they have the power to keep doctors away. Fill your bags with the juicy, ripe fruit at a kid-loved u-pick nearby. More details.

Visit Green City Outdoor Market
Shop local and sustainable at Green City Market’s outdoor market in Lincoln Park and West Loop. Sat. Event details

Have a Virtual Gab Session with a Dino!
Learn about the largest-known dinosaur, Field Museum’s Maximo, and chat with him. He will literally answer back! Fri.-Sun. Event details

Play Hide and Seek in a Corn Maze
Chicago farmers built them in the hopes that you will come! To their intricate corn mazes, that is! Some even have added bells and whistles like petting zoos and pumpkin doughnuts. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Captain Your Own Electric Boat
Chicago has been gifted a gorgeous summer that’s been boating perfection. While there are several tour companies that narrate a memorable trip along our waterways, sometimes you want to steer the course yourself. More details.

Bring Shedd’s Sea Otters Into Your Home
In the temporary Virtual Sea Otter Encounter, you’ll come face-to-face with the playful, adorable sea otters that call Shedd home sweet home. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Explore Chicago on a Scavenger Hunt
Intro your kids to some of Chicago’s hometown coolness and iconic locations using our Chicago-themed scavenger hunt as your guide. More details.

Thrill-Seek as Family at The Forge: Lemont Quarries
Hike, bike, paddle and climb your way through this 300-acre adventure park featuring the largest aerial adventure course in North America. Fri.-Sun. More details.

Got a Train Admirer in the Fam? Head to Chicago Botanic Garden!
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at the Model Railroad Garden. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Hunt for Massive Trolls at Morton Arboretum
Something special emerged from the vast spaces at Morton Arboretum. . . unusual creatures, each made of reclaimed wood and 15- to 20-feet-tall. Guardians of the forest, trying to make sense of the human world. Good luck with that, Trolls! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Take Your Dino Lover to Brookfield Zoo
Pay a visit to Brookfield Zoo and be treated to the temporary Dinos Everywhere exhibit. Nearly 45 animatronic dinosaurs that are BIGGER and BADDER than any dinos you’ve ever met are awaiting your arrival!  Fri.-Sun. More details

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Luck is on your side because we have loads more to-dos on our calendar—even lots of virtual activities to connect with people, museums and businesses all over the country. Check it out!

— Maria Chambers


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