When: Fridays and Sundays in October
Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago
Pick a pumpkin and pet a goat in the same visit? Yes, please. The Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo includes requisite fall hay, a chance to buy a pumpkin for jack-o-lantern carving and a corn maze. The Fall Fest isn’t Halloween-only, and this year the zoo has extended hours to 8 p.m. on Saturdays so that the fun can last until bedtime. Admission to the fest is free, but there are fees for some activities.
When: Oct. 5-6
Where: Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie
If your future artist has a yen for a natural palate, Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie has the answer. Earthy Art for Kids experiences are designed to include anything from rock towers to stick structures to leaf arrays as kids learn about the beauty in nature. Once completed, the art remains on display at Emily Oaks for other visitors to enjoy.
When: Oct. 28
Where: Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago
Disney Junior has the solution for preschoolers who can sing all the words to the “Mickey & The Roadster Racers” theme yet can’t stay put in their seats: dancing. The Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour brings together all the favorites. Of course, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy will be there, and new stars like Vampirina, Elena of Avalor and Doc McStuffins made the guest list. The Muppet Babies, Puppy Dog Pals and Lion Guard will make on-screen appearances. The show is recommended for kids 3-8.