A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 24-26, 2021

Weekend Windup: Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 24-26, 2021

Thursday, September 23, 2021

 Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 24-26, 2021
 Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 24-26, 2021

The first weekend of autumn is upon us and there is plenty of fall fun to be had! Here are my picks for this weekend -- don't forget to check up on COVID protocols before attending:


May 8 - October 10 Model Railroad Garden open at Chicago Botanic Garden, Adults: $8, Seniors: $7, Children (3 – 12): $6 Children (2 and under): Free Members receive $1 off each price Garden Plus members get in free on Wednesdays, tickets are at ticket booth in front of exhibit and have timed entry, must also reserve time to visit gardens and purchase parking online, parking: $25 per weekday, $30 on weekends

Ongoing Human + Nature at Morton Arboretum, Lisle, stunning natural sculptures to help connect people with trees, the exhibition includes 5 incredible sculptures, included with normal admission

Ongoing - September 26 Par Excellence Redux at the Elmhurst Art Museum. This fun new interactive exhibit features 9 mini golf holes designed by both local artists and artists throughout the country. The exciting new exhibit honors the original Par Excellence exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1988. You must reserve a tee time. $10 per adult, $8 per senior, $5 for children and free for kiddies under 5.

September 11 - November 7 Richardson Corn Maze, Spring Grove, try weaving through the World's Largest Corn Maze and enjoy fall farm fun, open Thursdays-Sundays and Columbus Day, see website for hours and prices

Ongoing September and October Abbey Farm Pumpkin Daze, Aurora, corn maze, pumpkin patch, family fun,  

Ongoing-October 31 Pumpkinfest at Didier Farms, Lincolnshire

Apple Orchards:

Royal Oak Farm Orchard in Harvard with an Apple Tree Maze open (starts August 21)

Stade's Farm and Market in McHenry (starts August 21)

Kuiper's Family Farm in Maple Park (starts August 28)

Jonamac Orchard in Malta (opens August 25)

All Seasons Orchard Woodstock (opens August 28)

Goebbert's Farm in Pinegree Grove (opens August 28)

Friday, September 24

September 24 & 25 East Dundee Oktoberfest, live music, scarecrow contest, food, beer, wine

September 24-26 Apple Fest, Long Grove, apple treats, live music, carnival, restaurant specials

Saturday, September 25

September 25 Johnny Appleseed Festival, Crystal Lake, meet Johnny Appleseed himself, scarecrow decorating contest, craft fair, live music, more

September 25 Harvest Fest, Fischer Farm, Bensenville, 10:30AM-6PM, petting zoo, live music, games, autumn activities, beer, food, $10 pp

September 25 Carpentersville Fall Fest

September 25 Party for the Preserves Community Powwow, Bunker Hill, Niles, 1PM-4PM, free

September 25 & 26 Birds of Prey Demo, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM,  meet one of  the preserve's raptors and learn about their characteristics

September 25 History Hike, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 2PM-2:45PM, no registration, $10 parking

September 25 & 26 Walking Plays: The Legacy of Sherwood Forest, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, 4PM, descendants of Robinhood and his men go on a madcap journey, $25 adults, $15 children ($15, $10 members), reserve tix online

Sunday, September 26

September 26 Alpaca Farm Days, Magic Meadows Alpacas, Wonder Lake, 10AM-2PM, come visit the farm, meet alpacas, and start your Christmas shopping

September 26 Harvest of the Acorn Moon Fall Festival, Oakhurst Forest Preserve, Aurora, 12PM-3PM, hayrides, pumpkin painting, guided hikes, nature crafts, folk music and more, free admission, nominal fees for crafts

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