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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

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

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

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

Lincoln Elementary School Fall Resale

Lincoln Elementary School | Wheaton, Ill.


Gently used children's clothing and toy resale.

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

Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

See a toy so amazing, so unbelievable, it has the power to transform into anything you want it to be. Enter a world where imagination rules, and ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Cost: Free with admission


Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Take a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world of magic and its historic roots in Chicago. Features a multimedia object theater experience, artifact display and live performances. Discover the tricks of the trade and witness Chicago's magical past reappear before your very eyes.

Cost: Free with admission

Welcome to the Universe

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors become space adventurers and set off on a journey to discover the Universe in a way never done before. Travel a billion light-years and back, fly through space, orbit the Moon, zoom into a canyon on Mars, and soar through the cosmic web where a million galaxies shower down. The experience was created utilizing real telescopic data and the best scientific imagery.

Cost: $28 pass (includes admission); $22 kids 3-11

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