A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 17-19, 2021

Weekend Windup: Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 17-19, 2021

Thursday, September 16, 2021

 Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 17-19, 20201

Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 17-19, 2021

The weekend is here! Plus, fall fun is popping up all over! Here are my family fun picks for this weekend:


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 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

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,  

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 17

September 17 Naper Nights, Naper Settlement, Naperville, 5PM-10PM, 6PM Doors  Tribute, 8PM Rolling Stones Tribute, bring a picnic, $15 per adult, $10 per child, please purchase tickets online

September 17-19 Fall Fest, Des Plaines, Lake Park, live bands, kids fun, carnival, history center tent, car show (Sept 19) and more, see schedule

September 17-19 Heritage Fest, Dundee, carnival, art and craft fair, fireworks (Friday), parade (Sunday), and more, see website for schedule

Saturday, September 18

September 18 Autumn Fair, Peck Farm, Geneva, 11AM-3PM, birds of prey presentation, pumpkins, petting zoo, hayrides, pony rides and more, free admission but ticket purchases for certain activities

September 18-19 Deerfield Harvest Fest, live music, fireworks (Sat), touch-a-truck and more, see website for schedule 

September 18-19 Lisle Depot Days, The Museums at Lisle Station Park, 12PM-5PM, history demos,r high wheel bicycles, antique cars, petting zoo, Civil War medical encampment and more, free 

September 18 Tour Viking  -- The Viking Ship in Geneva, 1PM-4PM, $7 pp age 18+, children free, must wear mask and social distance, must register for a time

September 18 Water Lantern Festival, Aurora, RiverEdge Park, 3:30PM-8:30PM, live music, food trucks, lantern launch, go to website to see ticket info

September 18 Naper Nights, Naper Settlement, Napervnille, 5PM-10PM, 6PM Grateful Dead Tribute 8PM Phish Tribute,, bring a picnic, $15 per adult, $10 per child, please purchase tickets online

Sunday, September 19

September 19 Cantigny Car Show,  Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 9AM-3PM, $10 parking per car

September 19 Unburied Treasure Hunt, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 11AM-2PM, pick up a treasure map at the preserve's welcome tent and look for nature treasures

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

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