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Halloween Hayride

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Explore things that go "bump!" in the night by taking a hayride around Terrace View Park while learning about interesting Halloween creatures along the way. Also includes an outdoor story time in the "woods," exploration time in the Nature Center, a "spooky" craft activity and refreshments at the campfire circle.

When: 5, 6 and 7 p.m.
Cost: $6, $5 resident

Flying Squirrel Night Hike

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Do flying squirrels actually fly? What do they eat, and where do they live? Find the answers to these questions and more while exploring the outdoors at night in search of the elusive flying squirrels.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Reptiles and Amphibians in Fall

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Meet some live and preserved reptiles and amphibians at our museum table. Then help  plastic and plush turtles, snakes and frogs find safe places to sleep away the winter's chill.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with museum admission

Clay Halloween Workshop

Kids Clay Room | Chicago, Ill.

Kids work with wet clay, clay tools and paints to make Halloween themed ceramic projects. Registration required. Call or email for more information or to register.

When: 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 4; 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 9
Cost: $35 per child

Ralph’s World Rocks and Reads!

Chicago Children's Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

A best-of live concert experience featuring favorite Ralph’s World songs. Covert’s top tunes correspond with his popular early learning children’s picture books including “Sawdust & Spangles,” “The Amazing Life of W.C. Coup” and his newest book, “Ralph’s World Rocks!” Fun, colorful, crazy multimedia productions and a big time “dance in your seats” vibe are cleverly infused with early learning reading, math and life lessons, making Ralph’s World Rocks and Reads! a one-of-a-kind, rock ‘n learn experience for kids.

When: 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $39, $28 kids

Kids Nite Out

The Kids Table | Chicago, Ill.

Instead of leaving the kids home with a babysitter, drop them off for a fun-filled evening where they get to make their own dinner. After eating and a little clean up, we'll do a post-meal activity, like a food-themed craft, games, yoga or a movie. Oct. 9 in Wicker Park; Oct. 10 in Lakeview.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $40

Ghost Stories in the Park . . . In the Dark!

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Enjoy an evening of scary stories that will send shivers up your spine. This is an outdoor event; dress warmly and bring blankets and cushions. Tickets are available online beginning Sept. 8. They also may be purchased at the Park District Administration Building or at the door on a cash-only, limited seating basis. No refunds.

When: See website for times.
Cost: $7

Story Time with Author Aaron Reynolds!

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.


Award-winning author Aaron Reynolds presents his new picture book Nerdy Birdy. Mr. Reynolds is the author of beloved titles such as Chicks and Salsa, Creepy Carrots, and Carnivores, among others.

When: 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Cost: Free

Peter Pan

ArtReach Educational Theatre | Palatine, Ill.

Based on J.M. Barrie's classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne.

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9-10; 2 p.m. Oct. 11
Cost: $20, $18 in advance

Nature Connects: Art with Lego bricks by Sean Kenney

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Marvel at 13 larger-than-life displays created from nearly half a million Lego bricks. Walk the Arboretum’s tree-lined grounds on the east side to find nature-themed sculptures crafted by Lego artist Sean Kenney, including a monarch butterfly boasting an eight-foot wingspan and an enormous hummingbird sipping nectar from a colorful trumpet flower.


When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with admission

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