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Acorn Express at The Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

See gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies in a tram tour. 60-minute and 30-minute tours explain the rich Arboretum history, and describe the trees and plants you'll see. There's also an opportunity to see lovely wildlife in a native habitat.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $4-6; (discounts for Arboretum members)

Haunted Railway

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens | Valparaiso, Ind.

Throughout October, visitors enjoy spooky sights and sounds, plus special events during Twilight Witching Hours (4-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday October 6-29). Spooky trees, raving ravens and creepy crawlies will take up residence in the garden, joining the thousands of miniature plants, dozens of handmade bridges, and of course, an assemblage G-gauge steam trains.

Cost: $10, $5 kids 5-12, free kids 4 and under

Discover the Power of Plants

Garfield Park Conservatory | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the conservatory's Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden to plant an imaginary garden, build a tropical habitat, help water the plants, or read a book under the tropical canopy. Runs through entire 2012.

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

Deep River Hayrides

Deep River County Park | Hobart, Ind.

Take a ride along the trails of Deep River at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-28. Rides are first come, first served.

When: 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $2

Home Run! Reggie Jackson and the Original 500 Club

Kenosha Public Museum | Kenosha, Wis.

Exhibit includes bats, uniforms, contracts, team traveling suitcases and much more from Reggie Jackson. Items in the exhibit are presented in collaboration with the Mr. October Foundation for Kids, a non-profit organization to benefit at-risk children.

Cost: Free with admission

Werewolf's Curse; Or Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

A vegan couple find themselves in a pickle when Harry is bitten by a werewolf cub. Luckily, Dr. Frank Einstein and Madam Clara Voyant may have a cure. Meet a campy cast of characters in this spoof of the horror movies of the 1930s. Audience members walk to each location to enjoy the unfolding story. Low-impact hikes (suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs) are presented on the first Sunday performance of the month.

When: 3-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, plus Columbus Day
Cost: $13-19

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: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$97

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Emerald City Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

In a world where a trip to the Laundromat threatens to separate Trixie from her beloved bunny, a girl needs a hero to help--Dad. Can her parents understand what she's saying in time to rescue Knuffle Bunny? Performances run Oct. 2, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.

Cost: $16, $13 kids, limited number of $10 tickets available for all performances

Jack and the Beanstalk

Provision Theater Company | Chicago, Ill.

Performances run Sept. 22-Oct. 27, with two matinee shows each Saturday.

Cost:

Social Skills Classes

Airtastic Play Land | Aurora, Ill.

Program is managed by Stepping Stones Therapy. Social skills groups provide interactive and fun opportunities to increase speech, language, oral-motor, motor planning, socialization and sensory processing and modulation skills. Visit www.airtastic.com to request additional information.

Cost: Check website
 







 
 
 
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