Festive fall fun is everywhere in Chicago this weekend.  Little Miss Ann is floating into The Red Balloon Co. accompanied by a fiddler, Lakeview is hosting their popular Kinderfest at Octoberfest, Bon Appétit is bringing a morning of wellness, family and food to The Loop – and that’s just to name a few. Read on for our Editor’s picks on where to find the fun.

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photo: Little Miss Ann 


Little Miss Ann Floats Into The Red Balloon Co.
Former CPS teacher who found her calling performing for children across Chicagoland, Little Miss Ann, is headed to The Red Balloon Southport. This free show will feature a fiddler player and numerous favorites by this performer hailed by many as one of the best kiddie acts in the city. Fri., 10:30 a.m. The Red Balloon Co. Free. Ages 0-6. Event details.


Kinderfest at Oktoberfest
Welcome fall and celebrate German tradition at this popular annual Bavarian-themed fest. Break out the lederhosen and teach your kids to polka, treat them to traditional German cuisine, face painting, dance parties, story time with special character appearances, inflatables and crafts. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Lincoln, Wellington & Southport. $5. All ages. 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.

The Loop

Rise & Shine Gourmet
Foodies, families, yoga enthusiasts – come one, come all! For the first time ever, Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet introduces a morning of wellness, family and food with Rise & Shine Gourmet. Attendees will participate in a sunrise yoga class while taking in the serene views of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s unparalleled architecture. A guided family run/walk will be held on the park’s skating ribbon, giving guests a chance to earn their eats. After breaking a sweat, families will enjoy tastings from Chicago’s favorite brunch locales. Sun., 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Maggie Daley Park. All ages. Event details.

Margate Park

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. Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. Margate Park. $5. All ages. Event details.

Museum Campus

Lunar Eclipse Party
Don’t miss your last chance to see a total lunar eclipse in the midwest until January 2018! Celebrate this cosmic alignment with telescope viewing from the Adler’s plaza, special lectures, theater shows, tours of the Doane Observatory and more! Sun., 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Adler Planetarium. $12/adult, $7/member, $7/child. All ages. Event details.


Glenview Flight Fest
Did you know Glenview was once home to the largest primary training facility for the U.S. Navy? Learn about and celebrate Glenview’s impressive aviation history at their 2nd annual Flight Fest. Attendees will be treated to live music, a peek at a traveling naval base museum, model airplane demonstrations and family activities from inflatables to rock climbing walls. Sat., 2 p.m-8 p.m. Gallery Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


I Spy Nature-Inspired LEGO Displays
A special two for one! Once you’ve wished the garden a happy 10th, enjoy a day built on fun at Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney, who’s a “professional kid” and the first-ever LEGO Certified Professional. LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will be dazzled as they search for 13 larger-than-life, nature-inspired sculptures throughout the east side of the The Morton Arboretum. See if your kid’s little eyes can spy a 7-foot tall regal peacock, a grandfather and grandchild gardening, a giant corn spider (eeek!), a hummingbird sipping nectar from a colorful trumpet flower, an 8-foot dragonfly and more! Be sure to stop by the play-and-stay area where kids can get creative with LEGO bricks.  Daily, 7 a.m.-sunset. Morton Arboretum. $14/adult, $9/ages 2-17, free for ages 1 & under. 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.


Rediscover Disney Classics on the Big Screen
Revisit beloved Disney classics on the big screen with your favorite Disney groupies. The Walt Disney Company and Cinemark Seven Bridges will show four throwback films daily, seven days a week. Showing this week: The Mighty Ducks, D2: The Mighty Ducks, The Sword and the Stone and Lilo and Stitch. Daily, varied showtimes. Cinemark Seven Bridges. $5. All ages. Event details.

We’d love to read about your weekend plans in the Comments below!

—Maria Chambers