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
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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