A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: 17 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs September 4-7, 2020

Weekend Windup: 17 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs September 4-7, 2020

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs September 4-7, 2020 -- Happy Labor Day!

 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs September 4-7, 2020 -- Happy Labor Day!

We have a long summer weekend ahead! Here are my picks for fun in the Chicago suburbs this weekend. Have a wonderful Labor Day!


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

Friday, September 4:

September 4 Arts Stroll Meet the Artists, Lake Forest, 3PM-7PM, explore artist displays in storefronts, meet artists, live entertainment, follow social distancing and mask guidelines, free

Saturday, September 5:

September 5  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 5 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 5 Family Fun Hike at Isle a la Cache, Romeoville, 10AM-11AM, guided by a naturalist, aimed at kids ages 6-12 but the whole family is invited, must register by September 4, call 815-886-1467

September 5 Family Fringe,  part of Elgin Fringe Festival, Elgin History Museum, Elgin, 11AM-1PM, performances, games, brown bag art kits, visit the museum and more, free, masks and social distancing required

Sunday, September 6:

September 6 Meet an Owl, Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest, 11AM, for those  7 and up, free but must register 708-366-6530, must wear a mask and social distance

September 6 Bees, Wasps and Hornets, Crabtree Nature Center, 1PM, Barrington, presentation includes history, local varieties and tips, free but you must register 847-381-6592, must follow social distancing and wear a mask

September 6 Virtual World Music Festival Chicago, 1PM-3PM

Monday, September 7:

September 7 Pollination Celebration, River Trail Nature Center, 11AM-2PM, celebrate the new grant funded garden with naturalist led tours, free but onsite registration required, must wear mask and practice distancing

September 7 Grasshoppers, Katydids and Crickets, Oh My!, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, join a hike along the Burr Ridge Trail listening for local grasshoppers, katydids and crickets, ages 12+, free but must register by calling 847-381-6592, must wear mask and social distance

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