Sample a variety of programs and nature crafts, chat with naturalists and view our entire collection of mammal furs and skulls. A rare behind-the-scenes program shows how we prepare food for our live animals. Light refreshments will be served.
Wendy Morgan loves to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and having a great time. Her original songs encourage children to use their imaginations, teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and show kids how to have fun with words.
Olympic swimmer Rowdy Gaines talk to families about the importance of water safety and what key points every family needs to know. Goldfish staff will be on hand to demo key water safety skills, and the Delle Grazie family will help kick off fundraising efforts for the PaulyD Foundation. St. Charles families also will create a community mural in support of water safety awareness, plus there will be pumpkin decorating. RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pauly-d-foundation-kick-off-event-tickets-13718916649
Meet Shannon and Dean Hale, the married writing team behind the graphic novels Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack. They will be discussing and signing copies of their new book, The Princess in Black.
Watch Chicago’s Midnight Circus and their feats of acrobatics and theatrics in Preston Bradley Hall on Thursday and Friday. Kids won’t want to miss the annual Monster Bash on Saturday with trick-or-treating, a dance party and the Monster Bash Costume Contest.Join a haunted walk through the halls of the Chicago Cultural Center and earn about a long gone librarian who can’t let go, presences in G.A.R. Hall, furniture moving in a blink of the eye and other strange occurrences. Plus, showings of Gremlins and Frankenweenie. Food trucks will also be on site on the Washington side of the building for tasty treats.
Free general admission to the original galleries and discounted rates on admission to Wild Reef, Polar Play Zone and Oceanarium. Sept. 29-30; Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28; Nov. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25.
Features activities including fun crafts for kids, a Halloween scavenger hunt, costume parade, trick-or-treating and much more.