Chicago Suburbs Family Events

As a mom on the go, I am always looking for fun and affordable things to do in the 'burbs. This list is not meant to be a comprehensive list. However, it is a way for us to share with you interesting, fun, and affordable activities that we have found in the area. These are events that we have either been to in the past or we would take our kiddos to:
  • September 7-November 3 Richardson Adventure Farm and the World's Largest Corn Maze
  • September 7- October 27 Shades of Autumn Festival --  For nearly two months each year, Shades of Autumn Festival at Stade's in McHenry features a plethora of fun fall activities including picking pumpkins, a pumpkin cannon, a corn maze, duck races, a hay bale climb, zip lines, slide mountain and much more.
  • October 1-31 Scarecrow Trail, Morton Arboretum, free with admission
  • October 16-20 Night of 1,000 Jack-O-Lanterns, Chicago Botanic Gardens, see website for ticket prices and availability
  • October 18-20 Glass Art Creating Pumpkins, Patterson Glass, Mundelein, 10AM-4PM, first come first serve, $35 pp for small, $65 large
  • October 19-20 Hainesville's Civil War Encampment and Battle, 10AM-4PM Sat, 9AM-3PM Sun, free admission and parking
  • October 19-20 Cottages in the Woods Artisan Market, Good Templar Park, Geneva, 10AM-4PM, Scandinavian Cottages in the Woods open up with goods from artisans, Scandinavian food, children's activities, costumed fairies and more, $8 pp, kids 12 and under are free
  • October 19 Trucks, Trunks and Treats, Vernon Hills Park District Aquatic Center, 11AM-1PM, $3 pp, touch-a-truck with trick-or-treating
  • October 19 National Fossil Day, Cosley Zoo, Wheaton, 10AM-4PM, see some fossils while visiting the zoo!, free with zoo admission
  • October 19 Corn Harvest, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1PM-4PM, help harvest corn and make corn shocks out of corn stalks, make corn husk dolls, free
  • October 19 The Sky's the Limit, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 7PM, view the skies for celestial objects, free but must register
  • October 19 Jammin' Around the Campfire, Nature Center, Schaumburg, 6PM-8PM, free, stories, songs and roasted marshmallows!
  • October 18 & 19 All Hallow's Eve, Naper Settlement, Naperville, 6:30PM-10PM, see if you can survive the haunts of the settlement, not for kids 8 and under, $20 pp
  • October 19-20 Hot Air Balloon Festival, Riverside, $20 pp, tix online
  • October 20 Farnsworth House Family Day, Plano, 10AM-3PM, enjoy a day exploring the walking paths at Farnsworth House, try hands-on STEM activities, $20 per family
  • October 20 Fall Festival, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 10AM-4PM, storytelling, beekeeping demos, pumpkin painting, hayrides and more, bring food to donate for tickets for activities, free admission
  • October 6, 20 and 27 Croctoberfest, Wildlife Discovery Center, Lake Forest, 10AM-4PM, feeding demos, meet resident crocs and more, free but donations welcome
  • October 20 Pumpkin Flotilla Fest: Pumpkin Flotilla Fest in Glen Ellyn provides a unique opportunity to float your jack-o'-lantern in a lake! You can carve a pumpkin at the festival or bring your own creation which you will need to register ahead of time. The fest features plenty of other fun including a pumpkin carving demo, live music, canoe rides and more. 
  • October 20  Tour Viking, Good Templar Park, Geneva, 1PM-4PM, $5 per adult, $3 per teen, ages 12 and under free, tour the replica Viking ship with a history
  • October 20 Autumn Hues, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, learn about the change of seasons, will be hiking about 1.4 miles, free
  • Fun and affordable every week: Saturdays 11AM-3PM Free Crafts Lake Shore Learning Center

For more ideas, check Oaklees Guide.
**Events are subject to change. Be sure to check availability before heading out!