A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: 21 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs October 3-4, 2020

Weekend Windup: 21 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs October 3-4, 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020


Chicago Suburbs Family Fun October 3-4, 2020

Chicago Suburbs Family Fun October 3-4, 2020

The change to fall has been amazing! Colors are starting to pop and pumpkin spice is all around. The weekend is nearly here, so time to think about what to enjoy this weekend! Here are my picks in the Chicago suburbs:


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

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

Ongoing Richardson Corn Maze -- Did you know that the Chicago area is home to the World's Largest Corn Maze? We certainly are! One of our favorite corn mazes is Richardson's Corn Maze which is the World's Largest and features a new theme each year. This year's maze celebrates Earth Day's 50th Anniversary.  This year's maze is open September 12-November 8. Don't forget the apple cider donuts! 

Ongoing Shades of Autumn Festival --  This year, Stade's Shades of Autumn Festival will look a little different. While the play area will not be open, families will still be able to pick apples and pumpkins! Please check website for information and u-pick dates.

Ongoing Pumpkin Daze -- Abbey Farms in Aurora hosts family fun on the farm during Pumpkin Daze each year. Abbey Farms delights with a corn maze, pumpkin picking, a rope maze and much more. Take a peek at the live music on the farm options as well! Please check website for more information on COVID protocols. Pumpkin Daze runs through November 1. Don't forget to snag some apple cider donuts!

Ongoing through November 1 Scarecrow Trail -- Stroll around Meadow Lake at Morton Arboretum enjoying scarecrow creations crafted by local organizations. We have been pretty impressed by the creativity of each year's contributions. The trail is included in admission BUT you must reserve timed entry, so head over to the website to reserve your time. 

Ongoing through October 31 Terror in the Timbers Halloween Drive Through in Elgin, Fridays and Saturdays; Thursdays the last two weekends in October, this is a scary drive so more for families with teens; $65 per car; to provide a true family event there will be Family Fun Trick-or-Treats Oct 23, 25, 30 and 31 for $20 per car, must reserve tickets online

Saturday, October 3:

October 3-4 Corn Harvest, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, learn about the corn harvest and experience picking corn by hand alongside horse drawn equipment, learn how to properly shuck, $5 pp,  must register, various times, must wear a mask

October 3-4 Scarecrows on Parade, Firefighters' Memorial, Palatine, see the scarecrows the community has created!

October 3 Family Yoga in the Park with Hop Along Yogi Kids Yoga, Klehm Park, Arlington Heights, 9:30AM, $8 per person, must register, will be following social distancing; geared towards families with children ages 2-6.

October 3 Reading the Rocks, Lizzadro Museum, Oak Brook, 11AM, learn how to identify rock's outdoors in the museum's outdoor rock garden, included with admission but you must reserve a ticket, space is limited

Sunday, October 4 

October 4 Spidey Senses, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, meet native spiders and learn about their adaptations, must register, call 847-381-6592, must wear masks and socially distance

October 4 Croctober Fest, Wildlife Discovery Center, Lake Forest, 10AM-4PM, outdoor experiences, feeding demos, meet reptiles, free, no registration required, donations appreciated, some fee events available, must wear mask and practice social distancing

October 4 Walk With Mini Horses, Deer Park, 11AM, walk with mini horses, meet the therapy mini horses and therapy dogs of Soul Harbor Ranch, free, no registration necessary, wear masks and social distance

October 4 Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade, Palatine, 11:30AM, $7 pre-registration, pre-gistration required

October 4 Apple Extravaganza Camp Fire, Emily Oaks, Skokie, 1PM-2:30PM, make an apple treat, make an apple craft, interactive story time, campfire, must register, $6 per person, for families with kids 3 and up; paying adult must accompany child

October 4 What's On the Menu?, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 3PM, learn about resident animals at feeding time, onsite registration, must wear masks and social distance

With the cooler temperatures, it is also a great time to hike so check out the Chicago Suburban Hiking List!

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