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

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 Chicago 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 South 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!


Dinos Everywhere! at Brookfield Zoo

Pumpkin Fest

When: Oct. 1-31

Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 Gary Ave., Wheaton

Cost: Free with zoo admission (Pre-reserved timed tickets are required)

Come out to Cosley Zoo this fall and enjoy the colors of the season, see the animals, and pick out your pumpkins. Pumpkins, gourds, apples, cider, corn stalks, and straw bales are all available for purchase.

Dinos Everywhere!

When: Through Nov. 1

Where: Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield

Cost: Included in general admission (Pre-reserved timed tickets are required)

Explore Brookfield Zoo to see more than 40 animatronic dinosaurs. In lieu of Boo at the Zoo this year, enjoy Fall at the Zoo. Families are encouraged to arrive in costume and snap selfies at pre-set stations for a chance to earn prizes.

Scarecrow Stroll

When: Oct. 9-11

Where: St. Charles (Map coming soon)

Cost: Free

The stroll will look very different than years past including the cancellation of the carnival and craft show, along with how the scarecrows will be placed. Typically placed at Lincoln Park, scarecrows will instead be spread around the town to encourage social distancing, while also supporting local businesses that will be paired with the scarecrows.

Spooky Stroll

When: Oct. 16-17

Where: Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park

Cost: $10-$13

Join The Park District of Oak Park for a spooky night in Austin Gardens, if you dare. The park will be decked out for you to safely explore the spooky settings all around the park. Decorate or carve a pumpkin, make your own monster, listen to Halloween stories and more. Recommended for ages 3+.

Attractions + Other Things to Do

St. James Farm, Photo Credit: Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Kupiers Family Farm

Where: 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park

Pumpkin patches are back! Step into the expansive 71-acre pumpkin patch to find your special pumpkin, which is included with admission. As always, save time to indulge in sweet treats like apple cider doughnuts, home-baked pies, fudge, fresh-pressed apple cider and hand-spun caramel apples.

St. James Farm

Where: 2S541 Winfield Rd, Warrenville

Marvel over fall colors at St. James Farm. There’s no better way to spend a brisk day than exploring this forest preserve’s 100 acres of woodland. You may even be lucky enough to spot a white-tailed deer while visiting, as they’re known to roam the Warrenville farm.

Mt. St. Mary Park

Where: Route 31 & Prairie St., St. Charles

Sculpture parks and walks are a perfect way to social distance this fall. Seeing art has never been easier here — just follow the paved path. While you’re taking a stroll around the park, you can admire the views of the Fox River and have a picnic.

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

Where: 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook

Guests can learn so much about gems and rocks at Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art. Reserve timed tickets in advance before visiting.

Firecakes Donuts

Where: 104 N. Maple Ave., Oak Park

There are plenty of donut shops in Chicagoland, but have you ever had a donut ice cream sandwich? Luckily, Firecakes offers build-your-own donut ice cream sandwiches.

Knoch Knolls Nature Center

Where: 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville

There’s a great playground adjacent to the building that houses the nature center with sections for kids ages 2-5 and 5-12. You can also enjoy several hiking and biking trails, as well as an 18-hole disc golf course.


Where: 25 South La Grange Road Unit A, La Grange

Waterlemon’s indoor play space has reopened with some new COVID-19 guidelines. Visitors ages 2 and older must wear a mask and must book time slots in advance. There will be a limited capacity for each time slot.

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