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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

Sport Center Family Fun Night

Schaumburg Park District | Schaumburg, Ill.

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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

Dinosaurs Alive!

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Features supersized animatronic dinosaurs, including favorites like Stegosaurus and Triceratops, as well as obscure dinosaur species with unusual characteristics, like feathers. Shantungosaurus-the largest dinosaur to walk on two legs-stands at more than 20 feet tall and 50 feet long in Roosevelt Fountain, and a tented showcase highlights the most recent paleontological findings that birds evolved from dinosaurs. In addition, guests will learn how dinosaurs are relevant to today's world and how changes in climate may have led to their extinction, plus about prehistoric flowers and plants .

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11, free kids 2 and under, plus zoo admission.
 







 
 
 
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