St. Benedict's Oktoberfest

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Festival attractions include live music, German food, Kinder Korner with kids' games; Bier Haus ; "Bengal Zone" sports TV viewing; games; and raffles. Sunday from 1-4 p.m. features Kinder Fest, a family time with musical chairs, hula-hoop and limbo contests.

When: 3-11 p.m. Oct. 5, 1-8 p.m. Oct. 6
Cost: Free admission

Four Star Comedy Fest

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

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

Celebrate Family History Month

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

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

Fall Family Fun Fest

Triton College | River Grove, Ill.

FREE  

Community event has cupcake decorating, Color My Career, Fun with Legos, a fire engine and fire fighter gear display and Maggie the Cow, where kids learn to milk a plastic cow. At the baseball field, kids can measure the speed of pitches during the need-for-speed activity and learn about Beep Ball. Plus, a pumpkin patch and straw maze.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Harvest Celebration

White (Willye B.) Park | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Features free hayrides, pumpkin sales, treats, entertainment and games for the family. Whole Foods provides a cookie-making demonstration, as well as free refreshments including cider, cinnamon rolls and apples to Harvest attendees.

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

Muscle on Main

Morton Strongman Competition: Muscle on Main | Morton, Ill.

FREE  

The contest consists of 6 weightlifting/strength elements: Atlas Stones, Hummer Tire Deadlift, Fridge Carry, Log Press, Farmers Walk and Harness Truck Pull.

When: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Star Wars Reads Day

Anderson's Bookshop-Naperville | Naperville, Ill.

FREE  

A national event that celebrates reading and Star Wars. Features games, trivia, prizes, and more, and a select handful will have author signings and/or visits from the costumed characters. Special guest is author Jeffrey Brown, who wrote "Darth Vader and Son."

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Meet Children's Science Writer Debbie S. Miller

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.

FREE  

Award-winning science writer Debbie S. Miller, talks to kids about biology, paleontology, climate change, and the wonders of the natural world.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Michaelmas Festival

Water's Edge Waldorf School | Wauconda, Ill.

FREE  

Event features children's activities including pony rides, tie-dying t-shirts, blacksmith demonstration, games of skill and valor, puppet show, and storytelling. Treat yourself to homemade soup, bread and dessert. Enjoy live music and home-baked treats.

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Free; small charge for food and some activities.

Lincoln Elementary School Fall Resale

Lincoln Elementary School | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

Gently used children's clothing and toy resale.

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday
Cost: Free
 



 
 
 
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