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

White Dad Problems Live on Stage!

North Central College | Naperville, 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 whitedadproblemsnaperville.bpt.me

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10; free with North Central College ID

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

Zombie Safari Hay Ride

Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park | Tinley Park, Ill.

Board a Safari Hay Ride outfitted with 20 Zombie Slaying paintball guns, mounted turret style. Once aboard, you will be ferried to the grounds via a tractor tow, where the Zombies will attack from all sides

 

 

When: 7 p.m.-midnight
Cost: $15; extra paintballs can be purchased for $8 for 75.

Harvest Festival and Spooky Adventure

Santa's Village Azoosment Park | East Dundee, Ill.

The park will be decorated with pumpkins and colorful autumn décor. Specialty menus feature caramel apples, chili and other sweet treats. In addition to rides, animals and attractions, kids can enjoy a variety of activities, such as a walk through the kid's haunted house, trick-or-treating (2-3 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28) and a costume contest (1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 27). At night, Nightmare From North Street Haunted House and Terrify Trails are open for those 12 and up.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays
Cost: $17.75, free seniors and kids under 2

Family Bicycling

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Explore the Arboretum's nine miles of scenic roads by bicycle. Bring your own or rent regular bicycles, tandems, electric bikes, burley strollers, wagons and more.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday
Cost: Free with Arboretum 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

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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