Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday Weekend Windup {have you built a scarecrow yet?}

Last weekend, my daughter and a friend attended a harvest festival. The other mother and I attempted to
steer them away from activities that would be a little too involved. We were both on borrowed time but wanted the girls to get together for a little. {If we get the kids together, can't the moms rest a little?} Then, of course, they spied the scarecrow making station. Needless to say, we ended up assembling an absolutely lovely {snort} scarecrow. The girls actually thought we would win a prize. Apparently, they did not witness the other families that were a little more engaged. I do get artsy-craftsy with my daughter, but Saturday just wasn't my day. However, by looking at the events over the next few weeks, there will be plenty of time to get creative!

Here are some ideas for the weekend ahead:

Friday, October 11

St. Charles is holding its Scarecrow Fest Friday through Saturday. There is a lot of fun during this festival including a scarecrow contest, family activities, carnival rides, an arts and crafts show, live entertainment and more. We have been to this event before and loved seeing the scarecrows that local businesses came up with. Admission and parking is free. Check the website for more information on times and prices for carnival rides. 

Saturday, October 12

Wild Wolf Saturday will be a fun event for wolf lovers at Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie from 10AM-11:30AM. The Big Run Wolf Ranch is giving a presentation on wildlife. The event includes encounters with a wolf, porcupine, skunk and more. Admission costs $9 per resident, $11 per non resident. Admission includes entrance to the Exploritorium after.

There will be a Fall Festival at Cantigny Park in Wheaton from 10AM-4PM. The event will include a craft show, pumpkin decorating, ring toss, petting zoo, childrens craft and more. The event costs $5 per car as well as small fees for face painting, hayrides, petting zoo and pony rides.

The Pet Lover's Showcase in Wood Dale  will give you an opportunity to show off your dog's costume during a costume contest. The event runs 10AM-1PM at the Cabin Nature Center. Admission to the event is free. There will be raffles and giveaways!

Barrington is holding a Scarecrow Festival in Memorial Park from 11AM-2PM. The event includes scarecrow making (materials provided), pony rides, inflatables and pumpkin and cookie decorating. The event is free!

Enjoy the Invasion of the Pumpkins at Deerfield Square in Deerfield from 10AM-3PM. The charity event includes fiberglass pumpkins decorated by Deerfield High School students set about around town. Each represents a charity and has a slot for a donation. There are free family fun including face painting, pumpkin decorating, music and more. Stick around for a family movie at 7PM. The event is every Saturday in October. Check the website for more details and times.

Join the Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade from 12PM-2PM at the Meineke Recreation Center in Schaumburg. In addition to a costume contest, there will be an agility course, fun tricks, a parade and a free play area. All dogs must have current shots. You can attach records to registration or bring them to Meineke. The event costs $2 per resident and $5 per resident dog, $3 per person and $7 per dog for nonresidents. Call 847/985-2143 to register.

Join The Book Market in the Glen Town Center for the Fabulous Fable Factory from 2:00PM-2:45PM. Bring Aesop's fables to life! Please RSVP online for this free event. 

It is time for the Scarecrow Trail at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle! Take some time Saturday or Sunday for a nice walk in the Arboretum and see some pretty interesting scarecrow creations. We love to check out the scarecrows this time of year! The Arboretum is open 9AM-6PM. Admission costs $12 for Adults ages 18–64, $11 for Seniors ages 65+, and $9 for youth ages 2–17. (1 and under are free.)

 Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm in Aurora continue this weekend. The event runs 11AM-4PM and includes carousel rides, wagon rides, an Adventure Playland, pumpkins for purchase, a decorating station and more. Admission is $5 per person. The event is held during weekends in October including Columbus Day.

Sunday, October 13

The Danada Fall Festival will be held at Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton from 11AM-5PM. The event will include horse demonstrations, wagon rides, pumpkin painting and more. Some activities have small purchase fees. Admission and parking are free.

The River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook will be having a Fall Color Walk  from 1:30PM-2:30PM. Go on a hike and learn about the trees of the forest. The event is free!

Monday, October 14

Kids Carnival for a Cause will be a lot of fun at Nibbles' Play Cafe in Wheeling. Creatively Caring is raising funds to provide stockings for Glenkirk adult with special needs. The event starts at 10AM and includes music, face painting, games, prizes, pizza and beverages. Tickets are $12 per adult and 1st child, $8 per additional child. Please purchase tickets online--space is limited!

The River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook will be having a Fall Color Walk  from 1:30PM-2:30PM. Go on a hike and learn about the trees of the forest. The event is free!

There's more......

Pumpkin festivals are starting all over the place including some of our favorites----Stade's, Goebbert's and Didier's.


  1. I was so impressed with the scarecrows at the AH Harvest Fest! My son was scared of them, so we had to stay away, but they were awesome!

    1. Yes, there were some pretty good ones! I do think it is great that all of the materials are supplied. Some other festivals require you to bring clothes for the scarecrow. I drove by an hour after the festival and they already had all of the scarecrows torn down. That surprised me!