A Little Time and a Keyboard: Local Family Events

Local 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:
    • Ongoing:

      Ongoing through September 20 Butterflies and Blooms, Chicago Botanic Garden, 10AM-5PM, reserve timed entry with Chicago Botanic Garden, tickets for event will be at a ticket booth in the garden, Adults: $8, Seniors: $7, Children (3–12 yrs): $6 Children (2 and under): Free, Members receive $1 off each price Garden Plus members are free on Wednesdays, parking is $30 per car (free for members); social distancing measures are being practiced, masks are required in the Butterfly Enclosure

      Ongoing Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Outdoor Tours; it is preferred that you order tickets online: https://flwright.org/

      Ongoing - third Saturday in September, Butterfly House, Peck Farm, Geneva, must wear a mask, social distancing protocols in use and must be honored, $2 per person, $5 per person, Monday - Saturday 10AM-4PM; Sunday 12PM-4PM

      Ongoing through October 11 Model Railroad: Landmarks of America at Chicago Botanic Garden, 10AM-5PM daily, enjoy trains as they travel through vignettes of iconic spots in America, the display incorporates a fantastic number of plants within the scenes, please reserve timed entry for the gardens, parking $30 per car on weekends (free for members), there are separate admission fees for the railroad garden.

      Ongoing Dunn Museum Timed EntryLibertyville, 10AM-3:30PM, must reserve timed entry, nonresident $10, $6 seniors, $6 kids, resident $6, $3 and $3 respectively, under 4 free, learn about the history and culture of Lake County, museum open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only

      Ongoing through October 31 Naperville Settlement timed entry, Naperville, $5 per person, residents free, register online, must follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask, open Tuesdays-Sundays

      Ongoing through October 4 Elgin Fringe Festival Virtual Performances, see websites for details and ticket prices

      Friday, September 4:

      September 4 Arts Stroll Meet the Artists, Lake Forest, 3PM-7PM, explore artist displays in storefronts, meet artists, live entertainment, follow social distancing and mask guidelines, free

      Saturday, September 5:

      September 5  Nature Walks at Fullersburg Woods; 45 minute walks starting on the hour at 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM and 2PM, $2 per person, must wear a mask and maintain 6 foot distances from others, those under 18 must be accompanied by and adult, registration not required

      September 5 Family Yoga in the Park with Hop Along Yogi Kids Yoga, Klehm Park, Arlington Heights, 10AM-10:30AM, $8 per person, must register, will be following social distancing

      September 5 Family Fun Hike at Isle a la Cache, Romeoville, 10AM-11AM, guided by a naturalist, aimed at kids ages 6-12 but the whole family is invited, must register by September 4, call 815-886-1467

      September 5 Family Fringe,  part of Elgin Fringe Festival, Elgin History Museum, Elgin, 11AM-1PM, performances, games, brown bag art kits, visit the museum and more, free, masks and social distancing required

      Sunday, September 6:

      September 6 Meet an Owl, Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest, 11AM, for those  7 and up, free but must register 708-366-6530, must wear a mask and social distance

      September 6 Bees, Wasps and Hornets, Crabtree Nature Center, 1PM, Barrington, presentation includes history, local varieties and tips, free but you must register 847-381-6592, must follow social distancing and wear a mask

      September 6 Virtual World Music Festival Chicago, 1PM-3PM

      Monday, September 7:

      September 7 Pollination Celebration, River Trail Nature Center, 11AM-2PM, celebrate the new grant funded garden with naturalist led tours, free but onsite registration required, must wear mask and practice distancing

      September 7 Grasshoppers, Katydids and Crickets, Oh My!, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, join a hike along the Burr Ridge Trail listening for local grasshoppers, katydids and crickets, ages 12+, free but must register by calling 847-381-6592, must wear mask and social distance

September 12-13 St. Charles Jazz Festival
September 26-27 Alpaca Farm Days

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