A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: 17 Family Fun Ideas in the Chicago Suburbs September 18-20, 2020

Weekend Windup: 17 Family Fun Ideas in the Chicago Suburbs September 18-20, 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020

17 Family Fun Ideas in the Chicago Suburbs September 18-20, 2020
17 Family Fun Ideas in the Chicago Suburbs September 18-20, 2020

The weekend is right around the corner! Here are my picks in the Chicago suburbs for family fun this weekend:


Ongoing through September 20 Butterflies and Blooms, Chicago Botanic Garden, 10AM-5PM, reserve timed entry with Chicago Botanic Garden, tickets for event will be at a ticket booth in the garden, Adults: $8, Seniors: $7, Children (3–12 yrs): $6 Children (2 and under): Free, Members receive $1 off each price Garden Plus members are free on Wednesdays, parking is $30 per car (free for members); social distancing measures are being practiced, masks are required in the Butterfly Enclosure

Ongoing Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Outdoor Tours; it is preferred that you order tickets online: https://flwright.org/

Ongoing - third Saturday in September, Butterfly House, Peck Farm, Geneva, must wear a mask, social distancing protocols in use and must be honored, $2 per person, $5 per person, Monday - Saturday 10AM-4PM; Sunday 12PM-4PM

Ongoing through October 11 Model Railroad: Landmarks of America at Chicago Botanic Garden, 10AM-5PM daily, enjoy trains as they travel through vignettes of iconic spots in America, the display incorporates a fantastic number of plants within the scenes, please reserve timed entry for the gardens, parking $30 per car on weekends (free for members), there are separate admission fees for the railroad garden.

Ongoing Dunn Museum Timed EntryLibertyville, 10AM-3:30PM, must reserve timed entry, nonresident $10, $6 seniors, $6 kids, resident $6, $3 and $3 respectively, under 4 free, learn about the history and culture of Lake County, museum open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only

Ongoing through October 31 Naperville Settlement timed entry, Naperville, $5 per person, residents free, register online, must follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask, open Tuesdays-Sundays

Ongoing through October 4 Elgin Fringe Festival Virtual Performances, see websites for details and ticket prices

Ongoing Apple Picking and Amaze 'N Apples Maze, Royal Oak Farm Orchard, See Facebook for details and COVID precautions

Friday, September 18:

September 18-20 Pick-Your-Own Apples at Stade's in McHenry, see website for more details on times and COVID protocols

September 18 Art in Nature: String Art Facebook Live Demo, Crabtree Nature Center, 4:30PM, free

September 18 Halloween Movie Night: The Addams Family, Barrington, Citizens Park Amphitheatre, $9-$11, 8:30PM-10:30PM, the movie will be shown outside, register to receive family circle area for viewing

Saturday, September 19:

 September 19 Nature Walks at Fullersburg Woods; 45 minute walks starting on the hour at 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM and 2PM, $2 per person, must wear a mask and maintain 6 foot distances from others, those under 18 must be accompanied by and adult, registration not required

September 19 Family Yoga in the Park with Hop Along Yogi Kids Yoga, Klehm Park, Arlington Heights, 10AM-10:30AM, $8 per person, must register, will be following social distancing

September 19 Paint the Town Barrington, Plein Air Art Event, around downtown Barrington, 10AM-6PM, awards ceremony at Barrington's White House at 6PM

September 19 String Art Workshop, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1PM, learn how to create art with a tree slice, nails and art, must register 847-824-8360, must bring own hammer and work gloves, for ages 7+ and up with an adult, must wear masks and physically distance

Sunday, September 20:

September 20 GPS Scavenger Hunt, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 11AM-2PM, must reserve a time slot for 11AM, 12PM or 1PM, free, call 847-824-8360 to reserve, must wear masks and physically distance 

September 20 Autumnal Equinox, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM or 2:30PM, join a naturalist around the fire ring to learn about the equinox and how cultures around the world celebrate the change of seasons, free but you must register for a time slot 847-381-6592, must wear masks and maintain social distancing

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