Pre-election activities for kids

“Vote4Me! Inside a Presidential Election.” Get a behind-the-scenes perspective of the campaign season by working your way from presidential hopeful to Commander in Chief. Learn about what it takes to run a campaign and voice support for your favorite 2008 presidential candidate. McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum. 1-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Nov. 9. Free. 445 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. (312) 222-4860,

Kidseries Book Club-special author event. Author Doreen Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin visit to sign copies of their best-selling series of books, including Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and Duck for President. Other festivities include crafts, stories and live animals. Lifeline Theatre. Noon-1 p.m. Oct. 12. Free. 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. (773) 761-4477,

Race to D.C. Corn Maze. Trek through 11.1 miles of trails with mazes of various difficulty in shapes that range from a donkey to an elephant to an American flag. 3-11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31. Richardson Corn Maze. $9.50, $8.50 students 13-18, $7 kids 5-12, $7 seniors and free kids under 5, group wagon rides extra. 9407 Richardson Road, Spring Grove. (815) 675-9729,

Lincoln Home National Historical Site. Before his face graced the penny, Abraham Lincoln lived in Springfield. Tour his home and walk through his old neighborhood. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free, parking extra and donation encouraged. Visitor center at 426 S. 7th St., Springfield. (217) 492-4241 ext. 221,

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home. Take a trip back to the early 1920s and visit the childhood home of our 40th president. Take a walk where he played football and worked in the family’s garden. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 1. $5, free kids 12 and under. 816 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. (815) 288-5176,

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