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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

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

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)

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

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

TRAINS – All Aboard Art!

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Kids enter artist Gino Severini's interpretation of trains by role-playing engineer, passenger or conductor in a child-size train and look for objects in an eight-foot wide "hidden pictures" mural of artist Don Stewart's "Steam Train."  Plus, enjoy specially designed wooden train tables and a huge new interactive crane.


Cost: Free with admission

A Century of Girls Leading the Way

Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest | Oak Park, Ill.

A special exhibit on the history of Girl Scouting, with special focus on Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Cost: Free with admission

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