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Family Twilight Adventures: Batacular

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

a playful family night to explore the world of bats, take a moonlit tram, and cozy up around the campfire and roast marshmallows.

When: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 6; 7-9 p.m. Oct. 19
Cost: $19, $16 members

Cat Awareness Weekend

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Learn about the zoo's cats, from big cats like African lions, Amur leopards, Amur tigers, and snow leopards to small ones, including fishing cats and domestic house cats. Plus, special Zoo Chats and cat-themed crafts and activities for cat lovers of all ages.

Cost: Free with zoo admission

Wake Up With the Animals

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Join a keeper-led tour of the Children's Zoo, then head to the barn to help keepers with morning chores like feeding the cows, delivering hay to the goats or brushing the animals.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. Sept. 29 or 30 (ages 4-6) and Oct. 6 or 7 (ages 7-10)
Cost: $48

Four Star Comedy Fest

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.


Kids can take classes taught by the Actors Training Center as part of this all-day improv festival at Navy Pier. Classes take place on the hour (1-4 p.m.), then stay for performances from some of Chicago's best improv groups (7-11 p.m., tickets required).

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Fire Safety 101

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Everyone should know what do in case of a fire. Visit the Play it Safe exhibit for kid-friendly life-saving skills and information.

When: 11:15 a.m. Saturday-Sunday
Cost: Free with admission

Day of Play Cardboard Challenge

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Kids can visit DCM's Art Studio, where they will find enough cardboard boxes to build anything their minds can imagine. Part of the "Global Cardboard Challenge," an event in which children around the world are encouraged to "build anything awesome out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination."


When: 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Celebrate Family History Month

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.


Jennifer Holik, professional genealogist and author of numerous genealogy books, helps young people investigate their family history using simple research techniques, then record what they discover with basic genealogy charts. Parents, guardians and grandparents are encouraged to attend.

When: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Busse Woods Bike Tour

Elk Grove Historical Museum | Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Informative bike ride through Busse Woods Forest Preserve to learn about the cultural and natural history of the area. Pre-registration required.

When: 2:15-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $3

Ice Age Breakfast

John G. Shedd Aquarium | Chicago, Ill.

Includes a private viewing of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 4-D Experience, followed by a drawing for special prizes, a visit with costumed characters, Shedd's Polar Play Zone and reserved seats to the aquatic show.

When: 8-11 a.m.
Cost: $44.95, $34.95 kids 3-11

Brookfield Zoo presentation

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Brookfield Zoo gives a live animal presentation featuring exotic critters from around the world. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (815) 895-9777 to register.

When: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Cost: $12, $8 member (includes admission)

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