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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

Partial Solar Eclipse Observing Event

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.


Witness a rare celestial event—a partial solar eclipse. Telescopes with solar filters and special viewing glasses will be available to safely observe the partial eclipse (weather permitting). The event will also feature astronomy lectures, hands-on educational activities and much more. The October 23 partial solar eclipse will begin at 4:36 p.m. The peak, known as the maximum, will occur at 5:43 p.m., when the Moon will cover half of the Sun’s diameter. The partial solar eclipse will end at sunset, which will be approximately 6 p.m.

When: 4-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Not-So-Scary Jump

Pump It Up Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Play in a haunted holiday play zone complete with ghosts, goblins, spiders and more. All decorations are family friendly and playtime is open to all ages.

When: 5:30-7 p.m.
Cost: $12

Glitzy Girls Girlfriends Night Out Slumber Spa

Glenview Park District Park Center | Glenview , Ill.

Wear comfy pajamas and relax with facials, pedicures and manicures. Design a blinged-out crystal charm bracelet and take home a spa goodie bag filled with pampering items.

When: 6-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $44, $35 resident

Celebrate Halloween with Dora the Explorer

Westfield Fox Valley Shopping Center | Aurora, Ill.


Enjoy family friendly activities, meet-and-greets, and a visit from Fatima Ptacek, the 14-year old actress and voice of Dora herself. Plus live musi, coloring activities and raffles for special prizes.

When: 2-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

The Machine Inside: Biomechanics

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit explores animals and plants as machines built for survival, complete with pumps, pipes, insulation, motors, springs, and intelligence gathering devices. Using real specimens, life-like models, amazing video footage, and interactive displays, the exhibition investi­gates how cheetahs run so fast and fleas jump so far; how the bite force of an extinct fish made it a top predator; how a toucan stays cool in the jungle; how a Venus fly trap detects its next meal; and how many other organisms function as machines in order to survive, move, and discover. Presented in English and Spanish.

Cost: Included in Discovery and All-Access passes

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