A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 2-6, 2021

Weekend Windup: Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 2-6, 2021

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 2-6, 2021

Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 2-6, 2021

We have a long weekend ahead and plenty of fun to be had! Remember to double check on COVID precautions before heading to an event. Here are my picks for this weekend. Have a wonderful Labor Day!


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

May 31 - September 6 Butterflies and Blooms, Chicago Botanic Gardens, 10AM-5PM, $25 parking during the week, $30 on weekends, tickets adults $8, seniors $7, children (3-12) $6, children 2 and under free, members $1 off, garden plus members free on Wednesdays, 10 visit pas $50 per members, $60 non members, must reserve timed-entry to garden, tickets for exhibit are at booth

May 22 - September 18 Butterfly House at Peck Farm in Geneva is open Monday - Saturday 9AM-5PM, Sunday 12PM-5PM, suggested donation $2 pp or $6 per family, masks and social distancing required.

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 through Labor Day Local Art Pop Up at Izaak Walton Park in Prospect Heights

Ongoing Von Bergen's Sunflower Mazes, Hebron, ongoing as long as there are blooms, ticket reservation recommended, $12 per adult, $10 per child on weekends, $8 and $6 week days, $1 processing fee per ticket

Ongoing Richardson Farm Sunflower Festival,  Spring Grove, Wednesdays-Sundays, $12 pp Wed-Fri, $15 pp Sat & Sun, includes one free sunflower, see website for more info

Ongoing - September 16 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.

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)

Thursday, September 2

September 2-6 Buffalo Grove Days, carnival is Sept 2-6, live musical entertainment is Sept 3-5

Friday, September 3

September 3-5 Nashwood in Highwood, a weekend full of country music acts throughout Highwood. See schedule.

September 3-6  Mexican Independence Day, Mundelein, music, dance, see website for ticket information

September 3-6 Last Fling, Naperville, live music, food tents, carnival, family area, Labor Day parade

September 3-6 PrairieFest, PrairieFest Park, Oswego, carnival. live music, live shows, business expo and more

September 3-12 Elgin Fringe Festival, celebration of the arts, variety of performances, visuyal artist gallery and more, please see website for ticket information, Family Fringe on September 4 is free

Saturday, September 4

September 4-6 Irish Days Long Grove, Irish dance and music, dog contests, games and more

September 4-5 Septemberfest, Schaumburg, Atcher Municipal Center,  carnival, live music, taste (reduced due to COVID)

September 4 Family Fringe, Fringe Festival, Elgin,  Elgin History Museum, 10AM-1PM, games, performances, free brown bag art kits, zumba, bouncy house and more, free

September 4 Canning at Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, free, learn how summer produce is canned

September 4 History Hike, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 2PM-2:45PM, no registration, $10 parking

Sunday, September 5

September 5 Cantigny Concert: A Tribute to Old Blue Eyes, 3PM-5PM, $10 parking

September 5 The Essential Great Chicago Fire, Naper Settlement, 4PM-5PM, storyteller William Pack will talk about the fire and share moving firsthand accounts, $10 pp, purchase tickets online

Monday, September 6

Naperville Labor Day Parade at 10AM

Also, don't forget to check out my Chicago Suburbs Hiking List for new adventures!

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