A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs November 11 - 12, 2023}

Weekend Windup {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs November 11 - 12, 2023}

Friday, November 10, 2023


Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs November 11 - 12, 2023

Happy weekend!!! There are plenty of adventures to be had this weekend. Please spend some time this weekend pausing to honor our Veterans. My father served in the Big Red 1 during Vietnam so I cannot think of a better place to honor our Veterans and learn more about their courage and sacrifices than at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park. If you have never visited before, I truly encourage visiting whether it be this weekend or in the future.


February 4-December 23 Viking's Voyage, Geneva History Museum, learn about the history of the replica Viking ship in Geneva which started as an attraction at the World's Columbian Exhibition in 1893, $5 per adult, $2 kids and seniors, free for members, closed Sundays and Mondays

September 9 - January 7 Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dreamworld, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, creatures from Mexican folklore that are composites of multiple animals, free exhibit

September 9 - January 7 Picasso 50 Years Later, Elmhurst Art Museum, works by Picasso and his contemporaries, with admission

STARTING THIS WEEKEND -- Lightscape Returns to Chicago Botanic Garden!!! In its fifth year, Lightscape is set to dazzle us again! I just visited for a preview this week and the displays are more magical than ever plus the engaging illuminated trail is longer! Be sure to pick up your tickets soon. Lightscape runs November 10 - January 7.

Fall is for hiking! Check out my Chicago Suburban Hiking Recommendations for ideas. 

Saturday, November 11

November 11 Veterans Day Craft, The Grove, Glenview, 10AM-4PM, learn why poppies are associated with Veterans Day and craft your own, free

November 11 Veterans Day Procession, Aurora, 10:15AM-11AM

November 11 Highland Park Veterans Day Observance, Highland Park Public Library, 11AM, speakers, music

November 11 - 12 Creating Glass Pumpkins: At Mundelein's Patterson Glassworks, fall is the time to craft glass pumpkins! Open Houses for creating glass pumpkins are October 14 & 15, 21 & 22 and November 4 & 5, 11 & 12. The experience is $45-$95 depending on size and type of pumpkin. The Open House runs 11AM-4PM each day. Call 847-949-0013 to book your time. 

November 11 Veterans Day Family Activities, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 11AM-4PM, activities honoring our veterans including writing letters to veterans on Honor Flights, free day

November 11 Plants in the Military, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, learn the use of some plants by the military, free

November 11 - 12 Tractor Drawn Wagon Rides, Danada Equestrian Center, Wheaton, 1pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, $5 pp on first come, first serve

November 11 Santa's Arrival & Fireworks, Deer Park Town Center, Kildeer, 6PM-8:30PM, tree lighting, Santa, fireworks, food trucks and more

Sunday, November 12

November 12 Changing Seasons, River Trail Nature Center, 1:30PM, learn how local nature prepares for winter and adjusts to changing seasons, free

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