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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

Dog Day Walks

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Bring your well mannered, leashed dog on a one-hour guided hike on our trails. Call to register by 2 days prior. Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15.

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

Printers Row: Veronica Roth and Garth Nix

Athenaeum Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Best-selling author of the “Divergent” Series Veronica Roth, fellow best-selling young adult fantasy author Garth Nix and Chicago Tribune columnist and author Jenniffer Weigel  discuss Roth and Nix’s latest books and their experiences writing for young readers around the world.  Fans of Roth's “Divergent” Series will also enjoy exclusive access to “Divergent Collector’s Edition,” which features 72 pages of bonus material, one day early. A book signing with both authors will follow the speaking program.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: $20

Meet Author/Illustrator team G. Neri and Jesse Joshua Watson

Evanston Public Library | Evanston, Ill.


An evening with G. Neri, author of Yummy, Ghetto Cowboy and Chess Rumble, and illustrator Jesse Joshua Watson, who has worked with the author on several titles. Both author and illustrator will discuss their work, answer questions and sign books. Please visit or call the library at (847) 448-8625 to reserve your space.

When: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: Free; registration required

Puppets & Play

Da Vinci Waldorf School | Wauconda, Ill.


Play, enjoy some circle games, and watch a puppet show. Space is limited, so please pre-register at (847)526-1372 or

When: 9-10 a.m.
Cost: Free

Build a Halloween House

Morkes Chocolates | Palatine, Ill.

Assemble and decorate a Spooky & Sweet Halloween Chocolate House. Use chocolate as "glue" to put the house together, then decorate with provided candy.

When: 4-5:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 22 and 28 in Algonquin; Oct. 24 in Palatine
Cost: $18

Plant Hunters

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

The new library exhibit highlights the crucial research that takes place at The Morton Arboretum and brings awareness to the work of other notable plant researchers throughout history. Artifacts rare photographs of turn-of-the-century China taken by renowned plant collector, Ernest Henry Wilson. Visitors can explore modern plant hunting by getting a close look at instruments used in the field and during scientific study. The exhibit also features interactive elements, challenging visitors to identify various plant species while they learn about the state of threatened trees and plants as well as the conservation efforts of scientists at The Morton Arboretum.

Cost: Free with admission

Lionel Train Adventure

Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago, Ill.

The new electric-powered locomotive seats 28 children with a coal car, passenger cars and a caboose, courtesy of Lionel. The adventure begins at a red brick train station and embarks on an exciting trip through an evergreen forest. Next, the terrain changes as the train crosses over a quaint country bridge before continuing on through a craggy canyon. The train will pass through a lofty birch forest before returning to the red brick station.

Cost: $3

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

An exhibit where families can come together in a place that fosters conversations and interactive experiences that bring love and forgiveness to the forefront of families’ minds. Visitors can illuminate a hidden message about love by Holding Hands; answer questions about love and forgiveness, and tie them to a wall for others to read at the Response Walls; write down loving thoughts and press them into Tokens of Love; work together to Balance on a seesaw or connect an infinite Story Puzzle; create Silhouettes using a unique set up of light boxes; build and explore a variety of facial expressions using Empathy Blocks; Release the Negative by drawing or writing down what makes them angry or sad and then cranking it through a paper shredder; speak into Tone Phones and watch how their voice affects shapes projected on a screen.Created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with support from The Fetzer Institute.

Cost: Free with admission

Science + You

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit features a child-sized laboratory where kids can explore how scientists impact health and wellness through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology. A demonstration area of the exhibit will allow guest scientists and educators to perform fun and interactive scientific experiments appropriate for young children.

Cost: Free with admission

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