12 Best Things to Do in The South Suburbs With Kids in October

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park


As Chicagoland begins to reopen, we are looking for safe and fun local activities for families to do. We’ve picked the best events and attractions in the South Suburbs not to miss this month. Check out our calendar to find more local and virtual events happening in October. Also, find the best things to do in the city, North/Northwest Suburbs and Western Suburbs.



Note: We’re updating our website as quickly as we can, but changes may occur due to COVID-19. Please double check before heading out for the most updated information on safety precautions and any last-minute cancellations. Stay safe!



Popcorn Popup Drive-In Movies


When: Oct. 8


Where: Orland Park Crossing, 14225 95th Ave., Orland Park


Cost: $20 per car


The event will hold 100 cars each night, and RSVPs can be made the week prior online. Viewers will be able to tune into the movie via FM radio. This month’s movie is The Addams Family (1991).


Oak Lawn Park District Costumes, Pumpkins, & Candy, Oh My!


When: Oct. 15


Where: Wolfe Wildlife Refuge, 109th and Laramie, Oak Lawn


Cost: $15, $10 residents, preregistration required.


Enjoy an evening filled with pumpkin decorating, jack-o-lanterns and yummy treats. Families can come in costume and enjoy some s’mores by the campfire.


The Great Sand Ridge (Tiny) Pumpkin Hunt


When: Oct. 24


Where: Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 Paxton Ave., South Holland


Cost: Free, registration required.


Find all the hidden pumpkins on a fun scavenger hunt on the Sand Ridge Nature Center trails. Costumes encouraged but not required. Take home a tiny pumpkin for finding them all (one pumpkin per child while supplies last).


Trail of Treats


When: Oct. 31


Where: Richton Park Community Center, 4445 Sauk Trail, Richton Park


Cost: Free, preregistration required.


Come dressed in your favorite costume for drive thru trick or treating and more at this festive fun-filled event. Recommended for ages 4-11.


Attractions + Other Things to Do

Lake Katherine Nature Center


Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park


Where: 1 University Drive, University Park


Sculpture parks and walks are a perfect way to social distance this fall. At Governors State University, families can explore a collection of 30 large-scale sculptures across 100 acres of a prairie landscape.


The Forge: Lemont Quarries


Where: 10001 Main Street, Lemont


A huge, new adventure park is now open in Lemont. Visitors can enjoy 260 elements of zipline, climbing and high ropes. Safety precautions have been added to help keep families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens


Where: 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights


If your family loves nature centers, add Lake Katherine to the list. There’s a mulched 1-mile trail around the lake that’s connected to the Cal-Sag Trail.


La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor


Where: 5114 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn


Satisfy your sweet tooth with some special desserts. This Pilsen-based ice cream shop is situated next to the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum and serves paletas, waffle ice cream sundaes, milkshakes and Mangonadas. A Mangonada is filled with mango ice cream, chopped mango, lime, chili flakes and more. It’s so good!


Cal-Sag Trail


Where: Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve to Burnham Prairie Nature Reserve


This trail winds through communities in the South Suburbs. At 26 miles from start to finish, bikers can add to their mileage by stopping at any of the five public trails along the route.


The Children’s Farm at The Center


Where: 12700 SW Hwy, Palos Park


Looking for a pumpkin patch experience in the South Suburbs? Stop by and pick pumpkins with free admission to the patch. A trip includes finding pumpkins of all sizes, mini pumpkins, gourds and carving tools.


Haunted Trails


Where: 7759 S. Harlem Ave., Burbank


Here’s a fun activity for spooky season! There are plenty of outdoor mini golf courses open, including Haunted Trails. Any Halloween fan will love to golf alongside skulls, ghouls and ghosts.


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