Fun things to do with kids this weekend in Chicago(land)


October is here and we've got all kinds of ideas for celebrating in style - starting with the sure-to-be epic Chicago Parent Playdate. (Bubble soccer and storybook princesses? Sign us up.) And if the weather cooperates, on Saturday you can enjoy Oktoberfest fun, a pumpkin-palooza and an apple fest tailor-made for the apples of your eye. Not quite a fit for your schedule this weekend? Check out our full calendar for dozens of other weekend events happening throughout Chicago and the suburbs.

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Chicago Parent Playdate

Enjoy sports, bounce houses, rock climbing, bubble soccer, train rides, obstacle courses, and activities at every table. Entertainment provided by Miss Jamie’s Farm, the Storybook Princesses, the Storybook Mom and Miss Lauren, among others. For Pokémon hunters, there will be a lure nearby to attract Pokémon GO characters. Purchase tickets at


St. Benedict's Oktoberfest

Enjoy authentic oom-pah bands, Spaten bier and specialty cuisine under a tented hall. Plus, carnival midway rides, activities and games, the “520 Pool,” a pumpkin patch and much more.


Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

The autumnal festival feature a corn maze, hay mountain, a giant 60 ft. burlap sack slide on the zoo’s Main Mall and hay wagon rides throughout Farm-in-the-Zoo. Plus, a pumpkin carver, Ferris wheel, inflatable courses and rides, educational activities and live entertainment. Pumpkins will be available for sale at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo pumpkin patch daily throughout October.


Oktoberfest-Naper Settlement

Hear live music as you enjoy authentic German cuisine during a fun salute to one of our community's ethnic heritages. Family friendly activities will be available on Saturday afternoon.


Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Enjoy all things apple from pies to pizzas, apple themed games for kids in the Kids Zone.


Cat Awareness Weekend

Learn about the zoo's cats, from big cats like African lions, Amur leopards, Amur tigers, and snow leopards to small ones, including fishing cats and domestic house cats. Plus, special Zoo Chats and cat-themed crafts and activities for cat lovers of all ages.


The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

Go in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down flying owls, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you'd see in the Forbidden Forest, dragons that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, and eerie figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor.


Build Your Own Scarecrow

Families can bring some old clothes to build a scarecrow. Straw, pumpkinhead and help putting the scarecrow together provided.


Day of Play

The Day of Play features picture book author and artist Antoinette Portis. The day also features the Global Cardboard Challenge: to build awesome creations out of cardboard. The library is supplying the cardboard--just bring your creative spark. Other play activities include Lego-building, group games, tinkering, books, puppets and costumes.


Pumpkin Fest

Discover the bounty of the harvest—pumpkins, gourds, bales of straw, apples, and other seasonal produce—in the Pumpkin Patch on the front lawn. Watch the kids conquer the straw pyramid, and hear them forge their way through the cornstalk tunnel, straw snapping with each footstep.


Heritage Day at Churchville Schoolhouse & Fischer Farm

The Churchville Schoolhouse is open to the public for classes with the school marm, old-fashioned games, vintage crafts, and fun sure to engage the young and young at heart. Conrad Fischer Singers perform numbers from yesteryear at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lemonade and light refreshments are provided.


Blue Man Group Autism-Friendly Performance

Blue Man Group and Autism Speaks are partnering to provide individuals with autism a slightly modified performance of the Blue Man Group. Minor changes will be made to the performance including the reduction of sound levels at select moments during the performance. Headphones also will be available upon request. In addition, Blue Man Group will also be creating a calming environment in the lobby with bean bags, dim lights and quiet corners for anyone seeking a sensory break from the high-energy fun of the show.

Chicago Parent Playdate Spring 2016

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