Brookfield Prairie Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

FREE  

Join a naturalist-led hike to enjoy the beauty of a restored tall-grass prairie in its late-summer glory. No baby strollers, please. Walk meets off nature center grounds - call 708-366-6530 for location and to register.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

A River Thru History: The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous

Forest Preserves of Cook County |

Join a festive gathering of fur trappers, settlers, craftsmen, and entertainers along the banks of the Des Plaines River. Enjoy authentic period food, music and entertainment, craft demonstrations, tomahawk exhibition and throwing competition, canoe races, games and more.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $20 family (2 adults, up to 4 kids); $8 adult; $5 senior; $5 kids 6-17, free kids under 6

Family Workshop: Play with Paper

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Explore the exhibition Zarina: Paper Like Skin to discover work by the artist, Zarina, achieved through relief printing with textured natural materials on handmade paper. Return to the studio to experiment with materials and create your own artwork to take home. Registration required.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: 6-12 with adult

Family Days at the Smart

Smart Museum of Art | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

The first Saturday of each month, the Smart offers a drop-in program of hands-on art activities and tours that encourage children and parents to engage in some creative looking. See the schedule of upcoming activities. Art-making supplies and other materials are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Secret Life of Bugs

The Grove | Glenview, Ill.

Discover what lives in the soil, under the leaves and in the fallen logs.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $15 pair; $12 resident pair

Learn from Navy Officers

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO) selectees serve as docents in the U-505 Submarine exhibit, answering questions about the U-505 as well as the Navy.

When: 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Urban Interventions Humboldt Park

Redmoon Theater | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Redmoon and its collaborators will be leading free workshops for community members. In these workshops, community members will be invited to learn the art of spoken word, drumming, and key elements of public performance in an effort to create authentic, unexpected urban celebrations. The Bucket Boys, a six person drum troupe composed of talented teenagers from the South Side, will lead community members in their unique style of drumming.

When: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Fall Open House

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Features excerpts from most popular programs, including Creative Movement classes, yoga for kids and parents, ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz, tap and musical theater. Stay after class to meet the youth dance faculty.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Kraft Great Kids Concert

Ravinia Festival | Highland Park, Ill.

The Ruth Page Civic Ballet performs a show for kids that includes interactivity with the audience as dancers perform excerpts of several classic ballets, in addition to contemporary work.

When: Check website.
Cost: Check website.

Lebanese Festival

Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church | Lombard, Ill.

FREE  

Features Lebanese traditions and cuisine and live entertainment. Family-friendly activities include face painting, moon jump, carnival games, cooking competitions and much more.

When: 5-11 p.m. Friday; 2-11 p.m. Saturday; 12:30-7 p.m. Sunday
Cost: Free
 





 
 
 
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