Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday Weekend Windup: {Fall Fun for a Little Break}

We are all back in the swing of things but this weekend will provide some escapes that will allow you to shake off some of that work and school stress! The weather *looks* wonderful this weekend, so I do recommend a hike if you have the opportunity. Check out our Hiking in the Suburbs list for some ideas. We were out at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington last weekend--it was beautiful!

Of course, there are a number of fun events in the area to take advantage of. Here are our picks for fun this weekend:

Friday, September 26

Celebrate our heroes in uniform at the R. Hero Sculpture Unveiling at Kohl Children's Museum at 8:45AM. Light refreshments will follow the dedication. The event is free but you must RSVP to

Swing into fall at Apple Fest in Long Grove Friday through Sunday. Enjoy all sorts of apple treats and listen to live music while enjoying the festival. Tickets are $5 per person at the door, 12 and under are free. You can buy 2 tickets for $8 online. This festival does get a bit busy but Long Grove is definitely wonderful to walk around on a fall day. There may be a fee for parking depending on where you park.

Saturday, September 27
Learn about sustainability and helping the Earth at the Evanston Green Living Festival from 9AM-3PM. Kids activities include canoeing, bubbling, meeting critters and more. Learn about alternative energy. See a small sustainable house. Take a rickshaw ride. Check out the Green Living vendor fair, and more. Free admission.

Celebrate the apple at the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Crystal Lake 9AM-4PM. Meet Johnny Appleseed (11AM-1PM), see cider press demos,  enjoy kids activities at a low cost, check out pie baking and pie eating contests, view scarecrow displays, listen to live music and more! Check schedule for more info.

Learn about native wildlife at  Family Day at Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport from 10AM-4PM. The center specializes in educating about North American wildlife. It also houses orphaned wildlife. Visit with wildlife during family day. Admission is $5 pp.

Saturday and Sunday head to Northbrook Court for Festival of the Pianos from 11AM-6PM. Students and teachers perform on 6 grand pianos. The event is free.

Honor servicemen and women at Flight Fest at Gallery Park in Glenview from 1PM-9PM. There will be a ceremony honoring men and women of the Armed Forces. The event also includes live music, kids activities 1PM-6PM and a historical exhibit 1PM-6PM. There is a $5 wristband for kids activities. Admission to the event is free.

Enjoy the Robot Petting Zoo at the Barrington Area Library 1:30PM-3:30PM. Kathy from Paradise Robotics will bring robots that families can try out. Admission is free. PS the Barrington Area Library's new Children's Department looks super awesome with a HUGE light bright and more!

Bring in the season with the Northbrook Autumn Fest at  Meadowhill Park in Northbrook from 2PM-6PM. There will be live music, a golfzilla, a bonfire and s'mores, family games, pumpkin pitchin', a talent show and more. Free admission.

Spend the afternoon at Oktoberfest in Vernon Hills at the Vernon Hills Metra Station from 3PM-10PM. The event will include hayrides, kids crafts while supplies last, live music, a free tree from Park District while supplies last and an inflatable. Admission is free.

Sunday, September 28

Learn about the help seeing eye dogs provide during Safe & Sound: Beth Finke and her Seeing Eye Dog at the Mount Prospect Public Library from 2:00PM-3:00PM. Beth wrote the children's book Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound. Come learn about the work Beth does with her seeing eye dog. Children will learn more about adaptability and resourcefulness. Those under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Free but you must register.

1 comment:

  1. Was planning on hitting up the Northbrook Autumn Fest! I'm kind of sad that the Robot Petting Zoo is during naptime. My son would probably like that!