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Tale of a Tree

Living Land Farm | Cary, Ill.

Explore the life of a tree, discover what makes trees so special and learn how they supply food and shelter for a variety of wildlife, then plant another tree.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Giant Steps Autism Awareness Run/Walk

St. James Farm | Warrenville, Ill.

Giant Steps of Illinois hosts a USATF approved 5K run/walk for autism awareness. Supporters are also encouraged to create their own fundraising teams of at least five  runner/walkers with a fundraising goal, all of which will directly benefit Giant Steps.

When: 8:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: $40, $35 in advance

Fall Festival

Palatine Park District | Palatine, Ill.

Event includes pony rides, a petting zoo, horse drawn wagon rides, make and take crafts, riding demonstrations, pumpkins for sale, concessions, and arts and crafts vendors.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free; fees for activities

White Dad Problems Live on Stage!

Viaduct Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Join Todd, Matt, and D.M. from the White Dad Problems Comedy Podcast as they dispense horrible parenting advice and let you laugh at their misery. Tickets on sale now at

When: 10:30-11:59 p.m.
Cost: $10

Muscle on Main

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


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

Harvest Celebration

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


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

Nature Museum Mania Scavenger Family Hunt

Watson Adventures | Chicago, Ill.


Families go for a natural walk on the wild side as they hunt among live butterflies, take a tour of a cartoon-world home, solve the Mysteries of the Marsh by tracking black widow spiders, water scorpions and snakes to their lairs, and much more.

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $22; $20.50 students 13-22, $19.50 kids 7-12

Star Wars Reads Day

Anderson's Bookshop-Naperville | Naperville, Ill.


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.


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.


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.

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