Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday Weekend Wind Up!

Fall Festival 2011, River Trail Nature Center
So far, it looks like the weather should be decent over the weekend for the Chicagoland area. We just need to make it through a couple of days of rain! Here is some of the cool stuff that we found happening in the burbs this weekend:



The Chicago Botanic Garden is going to be buzzing with festively spooky activity. On Saturday and Sunday, the Model Railroad Garden will be decked out for Halloween. Kids can come in costume and trick-or-treat throughout the garden. They will also be able to pot a plant. The event will be from 10AM-5PM each day. Parking at the Chicago Botanic Garden is $20 per car. Entrance to the Model Railroad Garden costs $5 per adult, $3 per child (ages 3-12). The members will save $1 on their tickets. (Parking is free for members.)

Also, the Chicago Botanic Garden will be holding its Spooky Pooch Parade on Saturday at 11AM-1PM. This is an awesome event where your costumed pooches are allowed in the garden. Once again, parking is $20 for nonmembers. Day of event tickets will be $20 per dog for members and $23 for nonmembers. You can purchase advance tickets here for $14 or $17 respectively.  You can only purchase the advance tickets until 10/19/12. We have been to this event before and have had a blast. Some of the dogs' costumes will blow you away! (Parking is free for members.)

Wagner Farm in Glenview will be holding its Corn Harvest on Saturday from 10AM-4PM. There will be corn picking, hay rides, fall treats, crafts, and more at this family festival. Admission is $3 per person and free for kids under 3.

Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia will be having a Fall Festival on Saturday from 1PM-3PM. The free family event will have fun fall activities and crafts to do while on a fall color walk.

On Sunday, River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook will be having its Fall Festival from 10AM-4PM. There will be all sorts of fun like fall color walks, beekeeping demonstrations, predator bird demonstrations, and crafts. The event is free. We attended last year and actually learned a lot about identifying trees.

An always festive option for a fall walk would be the Morton Arboretum. They have a number of things going on this fall, so I would encourage you to take a look at the options and times. The Children's Garden will have activities along with pumpkin painting (there will be a fee for the pumpkin painting). There also will be fall food for sale. Sunday looks like it should be the nicer of the two days, so that may be a great day for the Arboretum!

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