Get in touch with your inner artist this weekend. Drop in on this creativity lab, try your hand at papermaking, or create a self-portrait at this workshop. If you’re not feeling crafty, there’s so much happening this weekend to keep you entertained. Scroll on to see more of our event picks!


Photo: Joshua Bright


Bring Ya Mamma Family Stand-Up Comedy Show
Family friendly stand-up comedy show for all ages. Bring your mamma or anyone else in your family and have a great time. Plus don’t worry about getting a babysitter: bring the kids too. Watch NYC club comics do their best clean jokes and enjoy a delicious brunch menu. Sun. Event Details.

Mocacreate: Made By… Me!
Paint, build, craft, or collage – use familiar materials, or experiment with new! Inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and local artists, MOCACREATE explores different themes every month. Sat. Event Details.


“The History Mystery”
This perennial audience favorite tells the story of three students who wander through American history and meet the people who have had to fight for freedom, women’s rights, and racial equality. Fri. Event Details.


Kazoom Kids Storytelling Series
On hand for the launch of this unique, fun-filled, multi-media, multicultural experience will be Donna Beasley, founder of Chicago-based KaZoom Publishing, a company focused on providing a distribution arm for multicultural, digital-interactive children’s books; and author Lapacazo Sandoval who wrote Everybody Loves Cake, one of the three books featured in this storytelling event. Sat. Event Details.

Future Hits at Symphony Space
This band from Chicago combines music and education seamlessly to create a one-of-a-kind kid friendly rock concert with a twist. Sat. Event Details.


Petra and The Wolf
Inspired by the Prokofiev classic Peter and the Wolf, with captivating large-scale puppetry and live music, this original work introduces the mischievous but fearless Petra, the granddaughter of the fabled Peter. When a wolf threatens her home and animal friends, her adventures become a showcase of bravery and compassion. Meet the cast after the show! Sun. Event Details.

Creativity Lab
In this drop-in workshop for all ages, take inspiration from the galleries and get messy, experiment with materials, and learn artistic techniques with a new project each month. Sun. Event Details.

Family Fun: African Dance
Explore traditional African folklore and rhythms through movement and music. Sat. Event Details.

Treehouse Shakers 20th Birthday Party
Enjoy storytelling, dancing, art activities, prizes, cake, balloons, face painting, and more! Sat. Event Details.


Seasonal Garden Tours and Activity Table
On the first weekend of each month, explore seasonal garden highlights with knowledgeable staff on a tour, then check out a fun activity table! Sat. Event Details.

APEC’s Annual Fall Family Pajama Party
Enjoy quality family time at APEC while being drawn in to bedtime stories from a professional interactive storyteller. Wear your pajamas, bring your sleeping bag, and camp out. Fri. Event Details.


Family Art Project: Autumn Color Papermaking
Join artist and papermaking expert Randy Brozen to create richly colored paper using red, orange and yellow pulp. Use a simple process to fashion your handmade paper into a leaf shape, or add a found leaf for fancy decoration. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

What’s your favorite fall activity? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson