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Start With A Sketch Exhibition

Geneva History Center | Geneva, Ill.

Exhibition highlighting the culture of illustration through the talented cartoonists, illustrators and voice actors connected to the Geneva community. Features well-known artists such as Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many Hanna Barbera characters, along with Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip.

Cost: Donations accepted

Pumpkin Weekends

Blackberry Farm | Aurora, Ill.

Blackberry Farm will be decorated in the spirit of pumpkin season. A picnic area will feature an assortment of pumpkins for purchase, and a decorating station with painting supplies is provided. Plus, carousel rides, hay wagon rides and tours on the "Pumpkin Train." A magic show will be featured Oct. 13, with the Trick-or-Treat Walk and Costume Contest on Oct. 20 (noon to 3 p.m.).

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $5

Pumpkin Fest

Cosley Zoo | Wheaton, Ill.

Breathe in the crisp fall air as you enter the zoo through a cornstalk lined path, hear the crunch of the leaves underneath your feet, listen to the children conquering the straw pyramid or enjoy the sight of thousands of pumpkins on display. Nature-made fall decorations, including pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks, available to purchase.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Regular admission; cost of pumpkins varies

The Fear-less Haunted House

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

During the day, The Fear-less Haunted House is a lower scare lights-on guided tour.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $12

Spooky Science

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Nature Museum biologists demonstrate the science behind why things slime, creep and disappear. During this drop-by activity, kids get to conduct experiments to make things glow, slime, float or even disappear.

Cost: Free with admission

The Hesston Ghost Train

Hesston Steam Museum | Hesston, Ind.

Take a terror-ific ride through the haunted woods aboard the Flying Dutchman Railroad.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $5, $3 kids 12 and under

Fall Festival

Hesston Steam Museum | Hesston, Ind.

Enjoy the fall colors on three real steam railroads that travel through the woods along the Indiana/Michigan border. Hesston's Cider Shed offers fresh squeezed apple cider. Hayride wagons also carry visitors around the museum's scenic 155-acre grounds.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $5, $3 kids 12 and under

Odyssey Fun Farm

Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park | Tinley Park, Ill.

Attractions include Pumpkin Patch Petting Zoo, The Inflatable Kidz Zone, Corn Cannons, Pig Race,s, Cow Train, Hay Rides, Pony Rides, Corn Maze, Hay Maze, Corn Box, Hay Pyramid Flashlight Maze, Zombie Safari Hay Ride, Zip-Line, Giant Inflatable Pillow Jumpy and Bouncy Horses. Weekend nights, the farm reopens at dark for the "Zombie Safari Hayride," along with the Flashlight Maize and Zip-Line.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Sunday
Cost: $11; $20 Zombie Safari Hayride; some activities cost extra

Trick or Trees

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Weekends in Oct., 11-4 p.m. Play tricky games, fashion fun fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home as your treat in the Children's Garden. Small pumpkins to paint will also be available for purchase. Free with Arboretum admission, weather permitting.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Weekend Family Classes

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Explore cool things about nature and plants with your family on Saturdays and Sundays. Classes include a variety of hands-on activities and projects for kids 4-10, accompanied by an adult.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $22 kids, free adults
 







 
 
 
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