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Autumn in the Park Festival

Palos Park, Ill.

FREE   CP PICK  

Event includes a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, a Chili and BBQ Rib Cook-Off, music, games and entertainment, including a sports cave and a kids' area with petting zoo, games, touch-a-truck, euro bungee and pony and hayrack rides (open 12:30-6 p.m.).

When: 5-10 p.m. Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 21
Cost: Varies; check website

Autumn Fest

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

FREE  

Celebrate the bounty of the season with crafts, games, nature walks, a falconer show with live birds of prey, pony rides, hayrides, a campfire, live reptiles to touch and see up close, a pumpkin hunt and more. Food will be available for purchase. D

When: 4-7 p.m.
Cost: Free; $3 for select activities

Harvest Moon Hike

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Discover the mysteries of nocturnal nature and the Harvest moon. Program concludes with marshmallows and a campfire. Children must be accopanied by a registered adult.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $12, $9 resident

Flying Squirrel Night Hike

Hickory Grove Conservation Area | Cary, Ill.

Find the answers to questions about flying squirrels while exploring the outdoors at night in search of the elusive flying squirrels.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Eco-Explorers: Campfire Cooking

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Impress your friends and family with a meal cooked over an open fire. Learn to cook a delicious entrée and a dessert. Recipes will be sent home.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $55 family of four; $45 resident family; $5 additional people

Storybook Cooks: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Bring stories to life through the recipes featured in both old and new beloved tales. All recipes are provided. Please bring an apron.

When: Noon-2 p.m.
Cost: $29, $19 resident

Sport Center Family Fun Night

Schaumburg Park District | Schaumburg, Ill.

FREE   CP PICK  

In honor of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play, the Sport Center offers a variety of structured, supervised sports, games and activities, including basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, preschool tot lot, soccer, T-ball, softball and gymnastic obstacle courses. Concessions available for purchase.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $5 family, free resident family

UniverSoul Circus

Washington Park | Chicago, Ill.

One-of-a-kind show features a cast of performers hand-selected from around the world. The cross-cultural spectacle incorporates pop and hip-hop music for a modern take on the traditional circus act. Performances include Caribbean dancers; Irina Markova's comedy dogs; contortionists; and teeterboard acrobatics. For more information, visit http://www.universoulcircus.com.

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: $16-$35

Spanish Storytime at Downers Grove Public Library

Downers Grove Public Library | Downers Grove, Ill.

FREE  

Native speakers from Language Stars provide a 30-minute interactive FunImmersion program with books, songs and activities conducted entirely in their native language.

When: 11-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Tales and Treasures

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

New exhibit showcases 50 rare and unique objects from the Sterling Morton Library's collections. The artifacts include a collection of butterflies that is more than 100 years old, an Eskimo bone carving, original woodblocks, and metal sculptures. Explore a modern cabinet of curiosities, with drawers that pull out and doors that open to reveal objects and interactive games, share your vision of a library in 50 years, and take part in a library-wide scavenger hunt.

Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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