Chicago Suburbs Family Fun

As a mom on the go, I am always looking for fun and affordable things to do in the 'burbs. This list is not meant to be a comprehensive list. However, it is a way for us to share with you interesting, fun, and affordable activities that we have found in the area. These are events that we have either been to in the past or we would take our kiddos to:
  • October 12 & 13 Oktoberfest, Mount Prospect, Oct 12 4PM-11PM; Oct 13 4PM-11PM, German music and food
  • October 13 Long Grove Scarecrow Day
  • October 13 Fall Festival at Palatine Stables, Palatine, 11AM-3PM, petting zoo, wagon rides, craft fair, kids zones, scarecrow decorating, pony rides and more, free admission, tickets for some activities
  • October 13&14 Pumpkin Weekends, Blackberry Farm, Aurora, 11AM-4PM, seasonal crafts, corn crib, trick-or-treating and more, $7 pp
  • October 13 Oaktoberfest
  • October 13 Fall Festival, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 10AM-4PM, live music, scarecrow juggling show, face painting, petting zoo and more, $5 parking, small fees for some activities
  • October 13 Fall Paddle Fest,  Skokie Lagoons, Northfield, 11AM-3PM, canoe trips, guided hikes, archery, pumpkin painting and more, free
  • October 13 Family Fall Fest, Mount Prospect, 1PM-4PM, hayrides, build a scarecrow and more, long trick-or-treat line, free
  • October 13 Free Trail Walk at The Grove, Glenview, 2PM
  • October 13 Autumnfest, Meadowhill Park, Northbrook, 2PM-6PM, s'mores, storytellers, reptile show, inflatables, pumpkin patch and more, see schedule, free admission
  • October 14 Free Oaktober Tree Trot, The Grove, Glenview, 9:30AM-10:30AM, guided hike to help you learn about Illinois trees, free but you must register
  • October 14 Fall Festival at Danada, Wheaton, 11AM-3PM,equestrian performances, hayrides, pony rides, grooming demos and more, free, fees for some activities
  • Halloween Decorating Contest in Carol Stream, follow the map
  • October 20 Palatine Plaza Fall Fest
  • October 20 All Hallow's Eve Arlington Heights Historical Museum
  • October 27 Science of Jurassic Park, Lizzadro Museum
  • October 28 Halloween Happening, Naperville
  • November 3 National Bison Day

  • Fun and affordable every week: Saturdays 11AM-3PM Free Crafts Lake Shore Learning Center

For more ideas, check Oaklees Guide.
**Events are subject to change. Be sure to check availability before heading out!