Family-Friendly Weekend Events: September 20-22

This Friday at 6pm, Jason Dobrzynski is hosting a free event to give you resources and answer questions about raising financially aware kids! Your kids can decorate piggy banks while you find out about how to help your kids understand money, learn the value of saving, and figure out what you should do about allowance. Your whole family can then enjoy pizza together… all for free! Registration is required and more details are below.

Saturday is packed with fun! You can start at the Timothy Christian School Upscale Resale in Elmhurst to get some great deals, play at the Sensory Garden Playground Play Day in Lisle and make sure to stop by the Kidlist table where I will be handing out snacks and beach balls, then head to Oaktoberfest in Oak Park complete with a kids’ rootbeer garden, activities, and entertainment, and enjoy Autumn Fest in Oak Brook with wagon rides, a petting zoo, bounce house and more. All of those details are below.

Want to be in the Kidlist video? We are putting together a video to introduce new families to Kidlist and we want to include your family! This Sunday at 3:30 pm we will be meeting at a park in Western Springs to shoot some footage. Can you come? Email me at for more details.

This weekend planner is sponsored by Jason Dobrzynski from Corsalus Group.

Raising Financially Aware Kids
Friday, September 20, 2019 | 6:00 – 6:45 pm
Western Springs Village Club
4221 Lawn Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Do you have questions about how to talk to your kids about money, teach them to save and what to do about allowance? Come to this free event and bring your kids!

Registration is required- please see the link below.

Jason Dobrzynski, CFP®,RLP®,CMFC® will be hosting the seminar from 6:00- 6:45 PM upstairs at The Village Club.

Kids will be offered fun activities including Decorate Your Own Piggy Banks on the main floor and will be supervised.

Pizza for the family will be served!

There are a few spots left, so click here to register and be sure to include the number of adults and children expected to attend so they can plan.

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Oaktoberfest (Oak Park)
Friday, September 20, 2019 from 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 12:00 – 10:00 pm

Downtown Oak Park
Marion Street between Lake Street and North Boulevard

Oaktoberfest takes your traditional Oktoberfest to the next level! This free two-day event on Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st offers a premier music lineup featuring local and national artists, a Kids’ Root Beer Garden, as well as microbrew, wine and ethnic food offerings.

The Kids’ Root Beer Garden located on Marion Street on Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00 pm offers kids the chance to create and race their own zucchini cars. The Root Beer Garden will also feature a ninja obstacle course, root beer floats, and games and activities sponsored by local organizations. More information at

Autumn Fest (Oak Brook)
September 21, 2019| 2:00 – 6:00 pm
1500 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Join us for a free, family-friendly fall festival at the Oak Brook Park District on Saturday, September 21 from 2:00-6:00 pm. This fun event features free children’s activities including wagon rides, petting zoo and bounce house. Additionally, caricature and balloon artists will be onsite as well as Jim Nesci’s Cold Blooded Creatures from 5:00-6:00 pm. Food and drinks are available for purchase and include local food trucks, like Toasty Cheese, and beer from Two Brothers.

Timothy Christian children's resale

Timothy Christian School Upscale Resale

188 W. Butterfield Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Website | Email

Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Timothy Christian School’s Upscale Resale features gently used spring and summer clothes for babies, children, juniors, prom, maternity and young men. The toy and equipment section includes gently used toys, games, books, bikes, sports equipment, baby equipment, strollers, bedding and much more! Sign up online to sell. Sellers receive 70% of their sales less an $10 sellers fee. Come early for the best selection. Many items are half price from 11am-1pm. Please bring a basket or bag to carry your items throughout the sale. We accept cash and credit cards, no checks. Volunteers get to shop the pre-sale, and have the sellers fee waived when you work 2 shifts!

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Fun Things To Do With Kids This Weekend

All of the event titles, dates, times, and towns are listed. If you would like more information, simply click on the the event title.


Garden Story Time (Lisle)
September 20, 2019, 11:00am

Shadow Puppet Story-Times (Oak Park)
September 20, 2019, 11:30am – 12:00pm

Oaktoberfest (Oak Park)
September 20, 2019, 4:00pm – 10:00pm
See details above.

Platform Tennis Open House (Glen Ellyn)
September 20, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Pajama Pizza Party (Oak Park)
September 20, 2019, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Raising Financially Aware Kids (Western Springs)
September 20, 2019, 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Click here to register.

Berwyns Oktoberfest (Berwyn)
September 20, 2019, 6:00pm – 11:30pm


Downers Grove Farmers Market (Downers Grove)
September 21, 2019, 7:00am – 1:00pm

Timothy Christian School Upscale Resale (Elmhurst)
September 21, 2019, 8:00am – 1:00pm
See details above!

Homewood Farmers Market (Homewood)
September 21, 2019, 8:00am – 1:00pm

Batavia Farmers Market (Batavia)
September 21, 2019, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Aurora Farmers Market Downtown (Aurora)
September 21, 2019, 8:00am – 12:00pm

North Shore Affordable Art Sale (Skokie)
September 21, 2019, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sensory Garden Playground Play Day (Lisle)
September 21, 2019, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Come visit me! I’ll be handing out snacks and swag.

Dog’s Pupkin Fest (Tinley Park)
September 21, 2019, 10:00am – 12:00pm

2019 Riverwalk Fine Art Fair (Naperville)
September 21, 2019, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Naperville Public Safety Open House (Naperville)
September 21, 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Arboretum of South Barrington Art Festival (South Barrington)
September 21, 2019, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Lancer Dash 5K, Fun Runs and Fun Fest (DeKalb)
September 21, 2019, 10:30am – 2:30pm

Storytime (Barnes and Noble locations)
September 21, 2019, 11:00am

Spring Road Day (Elmhurst)
September 21, 2019, 11:00am – 2:00pm

Pizza with Prince Charming and Cinderella (Aurora)
September 21, 2019, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Oaktoberfest (Oak Park)
September 21, 2019, 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Kids’ Rootbeer Garden day! See details above.

Autumn Fest (Oak Brook)
September 21, 2019, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
See details above!

Fall Fest (Tinley Park)
September 21, 2019, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Movie on the Green (Villa Park)
September 21, 2019, 6:00pm – 10:00pm


French Market (Glen Ellyn)
September 22, 2019, 9:00am – 1:30pm

2019 Riverwalk Fine Art Fair (Naperville)
September 22, 2019, 10:00am – 5:00pm

LaSalle Auto Row Car Show (Aurora)
September 22, 2019, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Baby and Me Storytime (Oak Brook)
September 22, 2019, 11:00am

Hoe Down (Darien)
September 22, 2019, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

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We hope you found some family-friendly fun in our list of weekend events in the western suburbs of Chicago! This list is updated every week and sent out in the Kidlist emails. (Click here to sign up if you haven’t already.)

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We love local businesses, libraries, park districts, villages, and organizations- they plan great events for all of us to enjoy. If you are hosting an event or know of an event that should be on our list, click here to submit it to the Kidlist calendar!

We strive to be the most comprehensive source for family fun, which is why you’ll always see so many weekend events listed instead of just picking what our family likes or only including what sponsors want us to. It would definitely be easier to just list the details for a few events and call them “the best weekend events for families”, but we recognize that everyone has different interests. Not to mention, sometimes I’m in the mood to go to a huge festival and sometimes I’d rather go to a low key storytime at the library. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. That’s why we work hard and spend a lot of time to find everything going on in our area so you don’t have to! We hope you find it helpful and we are open to suggestions. The Kidlist Team always talks about how we can improve and evolve to meet your needs, so let us know!

About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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