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Spooky Space

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Family activities include trick-or-treating, a special Atwood Sphere Spooky Space tour and a Slimy Science family workshop filled with gooey alien experiments.On  weekends, guests can stop by Planet Explorers for a chance to hear eerie tales about the Moon in the Stories Under the Stars program

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission


Beverly Arts Center | Chicago, Ill.

Come meet Gepetto the Toymaker, the Blue Fairy and the rest of Pinocchio's friends as he learns to be honest, unselfish and brave. Performances run 10:30 a.m. weekdays from Oct. 17-Nov. 27 and 1 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23. For tickets visit








Cost: $12

The Bully Show

AlphaBet Soup Productions | Lombard, Ill.

Join Professor McBumble and his group of rag tag actors as they present three different fairy tales with an anti-bullying message. Updated adaptions of Little Red Ridinghood, The Ugly Duckling & Three Billy Goats Gruff are performed in this world premiere musical. "It's not cool to be cruel!" "It's so lame to call people names!" are just a few of the lesson taught in this important show. Performances are from Oct. 2-May 2 at locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Check website for venue dates and times.

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $7-$10, depending on venue

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at:
Cost: $49-$99

A Year with Frog and Toad

Chicago Children's Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Based on the Frog and Toad book series. Runs Oct. 9-Nov. 24, 2013.



Cost: $25-$38

Hansel and Gretel

Chicago Playworks at DePaul University | Chicago, Ill.

Performances are 10 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday from Oct. 12-Nov. 16. A wide range of events will be held in conjunction with this production including an ice cream social, community partner days, post-show discussion and autograph sessions. The performances on Oct. 24 and 27 will e interpreted in American Sign Language. The Nov. 9 performance will feature a live audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision, as welll as a pre-performance touch tour.

Cost: $10

Llama, Llama...

Emerald City Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

Spend a whole day with Llama Llama and Mama Llama as they encounter the daily fun and foibles of Llama life. Help them get through school stress, grocery store grievances, and bedtime big business. Runs Oct. 5, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014.



Cost: $16, $13 for kids


Emerald City Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

Get tangled up in this musical fairy tale treat. Princes, Princesses, and even Evil Witches find their happy endings in this story of growing hair and growing up. Performances run Oct. 19, 2013-Jan. 4, 2014.




Cost: $16, $13 children


Oriental Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Performances run Oct. 30-Dec. 21.



When: Check website for time.
Cost: Call for cost

Mary Poppins

Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences | Lincolnshire, Ill.

Arrives on stage Wednesday, Oct. 23. The performance schedule is Wednesdays at 1and 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 4:30 and 8 p.m.., and Sundays at 1 and 5 p.m. From Dec. 26-Jan. 5 there will be a special family-friendly Holiday schedule.

Cost: $40-$48, extra for dinner packages

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