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Curious Kids Nature Club

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids make discoveries about the earth through art, play and exploration. Learn about awesome animals and their roles in nature. Dress for outdoor adventures and wear gym shoes. Meal and snack included. Oct. 10, Nov. 7.

When: 6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $29, $24 resident

Tiny Great Performance: Little Miss Ann

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Little Miss Ann is a local folk rock legend for children in the Chicago area. Her songs and style will get the audience up and dancing.

When: 10 and 10:45 a.m.
Cost: Free with admission

American Legion Pancake Breakfast

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

Feast on pancakes, sausage, eggs and biscuits & gravy.

When: 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $7; $3 kids 4 and under

Native American Day

Elk Grove Historical Museum | Elk Grove Village, Ill.


Play traditional Native American games and listen to stories in a reproduction wigwam. View atlatl throwing and fire-making demonstrations.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; $3 to create a beaded necklace and a cornhusk doll

Dia De Los Muertos – Day of the Dead

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Decorate your skull mask and shake your maracas! Discovery Center joins Rockford Art Museum, La Voz Latina, Rockford Dance Company, and Burpee Museum to celebrate this life-affirming, family-building, engaging tradition.

When: 1-4 p.m.

Stay & Play

Chicago Children's Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

After Frederick ends, it's the kids' turn to take center stage. Professional teaching artists from Chicago Children's Theatre's Theatre Skills Training Studio teach Stay & Play classes following the 11 a.m. matinees. Classes begin at noon and run for thirty minutes. Register in advance or just drop in after the show.

When: Noon-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $5

Young Playwright's Contest

Li'l Buds Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

Do you want to help create new theatre? Li'l Buds Theatre will present the first annual young playwright's Contest using 4 to 5 minute plays written by second grade students at The Frances Xavier Warde School which will be performed by professional actors.  The audience that night will get to vote and give suggestion on how to expand the winning play. That play will then be performed as part of our 2016 season.

Cost: Suggested donation of $5

iPad Animation Workshop

Facets Multi-Media | Chicago, Ill.

Participants will learn how to sketch out animations, storyboard them into animatics; spiff them up with electronic pens, crayons & paintbrushes; add fun backgrounds; and get exporting tips with the flexible applications for further file sharing, all using the free Flip Boom Cartoon app.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $45, $40 members

Family and Friends

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts | Chicago, Ill.


Three delightful short films about best buddies, friendship, and adventure will be screened by the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Award-winning storyteller and children’s author Carmen Deedy will share humorous and captivating stories.  Arts and crafts workshops, theater workshops and, just in time for the Halloween season, Day of the Dead art workshops with the National Museum of Mexican Art will guide participants in decorating traditional sugar skulls.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Shabbat in the City

Anshe Emet Synagogue | Chicago, Ill.


A Saturday afternoon of fun and activity, including cookie decorating, crafts and singing with Hagit Lewis & David Russo, family yoga or Krav Maga, Shabbat songs with Beth Reinstein. RSVP online at

When: 3:30-5:15 p.m.
Cost: Free

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