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St. Benedict's Oktoberfest

Chicago, Ill.


Enjoy authentic oom-pah bands, Spaten bier and specialty cuisine under a tented hall. Plus, carnival midway rides, activities and games, the “520 Pool,” a pumpkin patch and much more.

When: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2016. See website for schedule.
Cost: Free; cost for food and rides

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago, Ill.


The autumnal festival feature a corn maze, hay mountain, a giant 60 ft. burlap sack slide on the zoo’s Main Mall and hay wagon rides throughout Farm-in-the-Zoo. Plus, a pumpkin carver, Ferris wheel, inflatable courses and rides, educational activities and live entertainment. Pumpkins will be available for sale at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo pumpkin patch daily throughout October.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2-4, 9-12 and 16-18
Cost: Free

Back to School DJ Night

Oak Lawn Ice Arena | Oak Lawn, Ill.

Donate a school supply and receive an Open Skate pass for a return visit to the Ice Arena. Donations will benefit local school districts.

When: 9-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $9, $3 skate rental

Toddler Takeover

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Featured programs include Hammertime!, Kids Create: Paint, Clean Meets Messy and Carwash. Plus, Naptime Graduates programs includes Dinoscape and Art a Go-Go.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Glow-in-the-Dark Science

The Laboratory Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Just in time for Halloween, experience the science of how things glow-in-the-dark through phosphorescence and chemiluminescence. From glow sticks to glowing creatures and some surprises, students will participate in hands-on chemistry to create their own things that glow. At the conclusion of the experiments, students will watch the movie Frankenweenie.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $40, $35 members

Fairy Tale Ball 2016

Berwyn Public Library | Berwyn, Ill.


Mermaids, dragons, knights, princesses, balloons, bubbles, and more will fill the library with fun and magic for the whole family. Each child will receive a free book. Costumes are welcome.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.


Displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci's 500-year-old designs as well as digitally remastered Masterpieces for an up close and personal look at the greatest artistic genius of all time.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6/7/2016-12/31/2016
Cost: Not for profit art exhibition. Suggested admittance $15.95 Adults; $13.95 Seniors; $11.95 Kids

Wings of Wonder: The Lorikeet Exhibit

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens | Rockford, Ill.

Visitors will be “face to beak” with the small- to medium-sized parrots known for their playful personalities, vibrant coloration, and their ability to mimic words and sounds.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with conservatory admission

Zoom Room

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Send toy cars hurtling through race jumps, long runs, loops, dips, and super spirals within a colossal, multilevel race course. Crash sites, obstacle courses and tracks with different textured surfaces invite physical science exploration for the innately curious of every age. Zoom Room is a play-filled, physics laboratory for kids.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Animal Secrets

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Families learn where chipmunks sleep, how an eagle feeds its young and more, as they explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals. Children will discover nature from an animal's point of view in naturalistic environments, including a stream, woodland, meadow, and cave.

Cost: Free with museum admission
Chicago Parent Playdate Spring 2016

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