Family-Friendly Weekend Events: September 25-27 and Beyond

Has anyone noticed their trees’ leaves starting to change colors? Now that we’ve officially entered fall, we couldn’t be more excited for all the beautiful fall colors heading our way. Nicole put together a great roundup of amazing places to enjoy fall colors. Did you know that Brookfield Zoo is also an arboretum? Don’t forget to notice the beautiful trees on your family’s visit to their new Fall at the Zoo celebration, which kicks off on Friday.

Crisp fall evenings will be perfect for family-friendly fun this weekend. Stop at Hillside’s Outdoor Fall Fun Fest on Friday night or Wild Night Out at Lyman Woods on Saturday night. Saturday afternoon should be a beautiful day for a Family Scavenger Hunt hosted by either Indian Boundary YMCA and Fry YMCA.

Hot tip: Thompson’s Strawberry Farm has u-pick sunflowers, raspberries, and pumpkins all at the same time right now!

If your family is anything like ours, we’ve missed going to some of our favorite local museums this year. DuPage Children’s Museum is hosting their Storybook Festival on Saturday, while SciTech’s Birthday Bash is on Sunday. Both events require advanced registration, so make sure to check their websites for details. We’ve already signed up for our science kit on Sunday so we can follow along with demonstrations online. These events, and so many more, are listed below!

Most events nowadays require registration to cap numbers, which we appreciate, but it also means we all have to plan ahead more. So not only will we be giving you the weekend events each week, but the events for the entire week and also a section called “looking ahead” so you can get a heads up on events happening in the following week since advance registration is often required.

By clicking the link, you’ll be taken directly to the host’s website. Weather causes cancelations, registration fills up, and details evolve, so now you can get the most current and updated event information straight from the source through our curated list of family-friendly events in the western suburbs.

If you have feedback for us, please email Annie at annie@mykidlist.com. We strive to be the most helpful, comprehensive resource for families in the western suburbs!


Fun Things To Do With Kids This Weekend and Beyond

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

Friday

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
September 25, 2020 | Times vary  

Farmer Mary’s Barnyard (Warrenville)
September 25, 2020 | 9:30am – 10:30am
Registration Deadline is 7 days prior.

Meet a Box Turtle (Little Red School House, Willow Springs)
September 25, 2020 | 9:30am – 10:00am or 10:30am – 11:00am
Registration is required.

Punt, Kick, Pass Competition (Bensenville)
September 25, 2020 | 10:00am

Pumpkin Painting (St. Charles)
September 25, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Purchase tickets online.

Budding Naturalist (Oakbrook Terrace)
September 25, 2020 | 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Registration closes one week prior.

Yoga and Super Hero Workshop (Western Springs)
September 25, 2020 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Order in the Court (Batavia)
September 25, 2020 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Tween Night Out (Glen Ellyn)
September 25, 2020 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Camp Waa Kee Shaw (Oswego)
September 25 – 26, 2020 | 6:30pm – 7:00am
Registration closes September 20.

Outdoor Fall Fun Fest (Hillside)
September 25, 2020 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Register in advance.

Drive-In Movie: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Forest Park)
September 25, 2020 | 7:45pm – 10:00pm
Register in advance.

Saturday

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
September 26, 2020 | Times vary 

Fishing Derby (Clarendon Hills)
September 26, 2020 | 8:00am – 8:45am or 9:00am – 9:45am
Must register in advance.

Community Fishing Derby (Hillside)
September 26, 2020 | 8:00am – 1:00pm

Canoe the DuPage (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook)
September 26, 2020 | 8:00am – 1:00pm

Fishing Derby (Prospect Park Pond, Clarendon Hills)
September 26, 2020 | 9:00am – 10:00am
Pre-registration is required.

Nature Walk (Oak Brook)
September 26, 2020 | Sessions starting on the hour from 9:00am – 2:00pm

Storybook Festival (DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville)
September 26, 2020 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
Pre-registered, timed-entry tickets are required for this event; there will be no onsite ticket sales.

National Public Lands Day Celebration (St. Charles)
September 26, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Teenie Weenie Pumpkins & Munchkins (Carol Stream)
September 26, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Pre-registration is required for all attendees.

Pumpkin Painting (St. Charles)
September 26, 2020 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Purchase tickets online.

A Walk Thru Time Living History Weekend (Will County Historical Museum, Lockport)
September 26, 2020 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Fish Release (Bloomingdale)
September 26, 2020 | 11:00am
Registration is required.

Landscape Drawing (Batavia)
September 26, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:15pm

Autumn Harvest (Lombard)
September 26, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Registration opens Monday August 10.

Family Weekend: Chalk the Lot (Elmhurst Art Museum)
September 26, 2020 | 11:00am – 5:00pm
Reservations made in advance.

Lake View Nature Center Open House (Oakbrook Terrace)
September 26, 2020 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (Downers Grove Museum)
September 26, 2020 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
All children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Pottery: Family Open Studio (Naperville)
September 26, 2020 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Register each person in your family.

Family Scavenger Hunt (Indian Boundary YMCA, Downers Grove)
September 26, 2020 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Family Scavenger Hunt (Fry YMCA, Naperville)
September 26, 2020 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

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Hustle S’more 5K (Geneva)
September 26, 2020 | Check in at 3:30pm
Registration is required.

Nerf Night (Westmont)
September 26, 2020 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Fall Fish Release (Roselle)
September 26, 2020 | 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Register by September 24.

Wild Night Out (Downers Grove)
September 26, 2020 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
September 27, 2020 | Times vary 

A Walk Thru Time Living History Weekend (Will County Historical Museum, Lockport)
September 27, 2020 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Fall Nature Walk (Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont)
September 27, 2020 | Starts at 11:00am
Registration is required.

Have Fun? You Won! Kids Triathalon (Oswego)
September 27, 2020 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Registration ends September 17.

Family Weekend: Chalk the Lot (Elmhurst Art Museum)
September 27, 2020 | 11:00am – 5:00pm
Reservations made in advance.

Mom & Son Fall Fun (Batavia)
September 27, 2020 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm or 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Pre-registration is required.

SciTech’s 3rd Annual Birthday Bash!  (Aurora)
September 27, 2020 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Pick up your free kit and follow along with activities online.

Cave Hike (Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia)
September 27, 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
All participants must register.

SPEED Puzzle Challenge (North Riverside)
September 27, 2020 | 12:00pm, 12:30pm or 2:00pm start
Registration deadline is September 18.

Fairy House Workshop (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
September 27, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Next Week

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
September 28, 2020 | Times vary 

Outdoor Family Storytime (Darien)
September 28, 2020 | 9:30am – 10:00am

Museum Field Trip Mondays (Downers Grove)
September 28, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Register in advance.

Baking with Becky: Tea Series (Batavia)
September 28, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Order in the Court (Oswego)
September 28, 2020 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
September 29, 2020 | Times vary 

Take It Tuesday! (Clarendon Hills Public Library)
September 29, 2020 | all day
Supplies are first come, first served.

Parking Lot Bingo (Roselle)
September 29, 2020 | 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Register by the Monday before.

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
September 30, 2020 | Times vary 

Museum of Science and Industry Illinois Free Day (Chicago)
September 30, 2020 | all day
Must reserve tickets online in advance.

Bookworms (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
September 30, 2020| 9:30am – 10:00am

Story Time in the Garden (Oak Park Conservatory)
September 30, 2020 | 10:00am – 10:30am or 11:00am – 11:30am
Only registered children and adults will be allowed in the garden during story time.

Feeding Frenzy (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook)
September 30, 2020 | 10:00am

X-treme Energy (Oswego)
September 30, 2020 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Artist’s Dream (Naperville)
September 30, 2020 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Register in advance.

Magic Class (Glen Ellyn)
September 30, 2020 | 5:15pm – 6:10pm
Register in advance.

Fossils and Mineral Adventures (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook)
September 30, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Register in advance

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
October 1, 2020 | Times vary 

Pumpkin Fest (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
October 1, 2020 | All day

Feeding Frenzy (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook)
October 1, 2020 | 10:00 am

Drive-In Concert (St. Charles)
October 1, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Reservations are required; $5 per car.

Magic Class (Bartlett)
October 1, 2020 | 6:45pm – 7:40pm
Register in advance.

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
October 2, 2020 | Times vary 

Pumpkin Fest (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
October 2, 2020 | All day

Group Hayrides (Naperville)
October 2, 2020 | Times vary
Must register in advance.

Fall Park Clean Up Day (Hinsdale)
October 2, 2020 | 4:00pm – dusk
Registration encouraged.

Mom/Son Date Night (Woodridge)
October 2, 2020 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Pre-registration is required by September 30.

Drive-In Movie: Clueless (Lemont)
October 2, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Register in advance.

Parents Night Out (Bloomingdale)
October 2, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Registration is required.

Family Bingo Night (La Grange, Western Springs Co-Op)
October 2, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Registration is due by September 26.

Tween Night (Batavia)
October 2, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Advance registration is required.

Eisenhower Movie Night (Hillside)
October 2, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Deadline for registration is Monday before Movie Time.

Parents’ Night Out (Geneva)
October 2, 2020| 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Pre-registration is required.

Family Friday Movie Night (West Chicago)
October 2, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Register in advance.

Pumpkin Painting (St. Charles)
October 2, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Purchase tickets online.

Outdoor Movie: Hocus Pocus (North Riverside)
October 2, 2020 | starts at 7:00pm

Harvest Moon Hike (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
October 2, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Autumn Hayrides (St. Charles)
October 2, 2020 | Sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings
Purchase tickets online.

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
October 3, 2020 | Times vary 

Pumpkin Patch Festival (South Elgin)
October 3, 2020 | Time TBD

Pumpkin Fest (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
October 3, 2020 | All day

Group Hayrides (Naperville)
October 3, 2020 | Times vary
Must register in advance.

Park Clean-up Day (Batavia)
October 3, 2020 | 8:00am – 12:00pm

5K and 10K River Run (Montgomery)
October 3, 2020 | 9:00am

Free Family Hike with a Naturalist (Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville)
October 3, 2020 | 9:00am – 10:30am
Registration is required.

Fishing with Dad (Oswego)
October 3, 2020 | 9:00am – 11:00am
Register by September 11 to receive a fisherman’s sweatshirt.

Little Sprouts Gardening (Downers Grove)
October 3, 2020 | 9:30am – 10:30am

Oak Tree Celebration (Glen Ellyn)
October 3, 2020 |10:00am – 11:30am
Free, but registration required

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History Heroes: Dig Batavia History (Batavia)
October 3, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Pumpkin Painting (St. Charles)
October 3, 2020 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Purchase tickets online.

Safe at Home (Clarendon Hills)
October 3, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:30am

Drive-Thru Autumn Fest (Franklin Park)
October 3, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Autumn Harvest (Lombard)
October 3, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Must register in advance.

Pumpkin Decorating at the Zook (R. Harold Zook Home and Studio, Hinsdale)
October 3, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Autumn Harvest (Lombard)
October 3, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

First Aid for Kids (Clarendon Hills)
October 3, 2020 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Youth Video Game Club (Oak Park)
October 3, 2020 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Register in advance.

Halloween Celebration (Itasca)
October 3, 2020 | 12:00pm – 3:15pm
Pre-register for your assigned timeslot.  

Snakes and Cupcakes (Hinsdale)
October 3, 2020 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Register by September 26.

Halloween Gore-Tastic Lab Hour (Lombard)
October 3, 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Fall Food Truck Fest (Lemont)
October 3, 2020 | 2:00pm – 9:30pm
Tickets must be purchased online.

Teen Video Game Club (Oak Park)
October 3, 2020 | 2:15pm – 4:15pm
Register in advance.

Autumn Outrageous Ooblek Lab (Lombard)
October 3, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Register in advance.

Fall Festival (Burr Ridge)
October 3, 2020 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Halloween Drive-In Movie: Hocus Pocus (Bartlett)
October 3, 2020 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Pre-registration is required.

Creature Double Feature (Lisle)
October 3, 2020 | 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Registration is required.

Autumn Hayrides (St. Charles)
October 3, 2020 | Sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings
Purchase tickets online.

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
October 4, 2020 | Times vary 

Pumpkin Fest (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
October 4, 2020 | All day

Group Hayrides (Naperville)
October 4, 2020 | Times vary
Must register in advance.

Pumpkin Carving (Batavia)
October 4, 2020 | 11:00am – 12:15pm

The Last Straw Fall Event (Westmont)
October 4, 2020 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Register in advance.

Family Yoga (River Forest)
October 4, 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Register in advance.

Looking Ahead…

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
October 5, 2020 | Times vary 

Pumpkin Fest (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
October 5, 2020 | All day

Wild Woods Tree Tales (Downers Grove)
October 5, 2020 | 9:30am – 10:00am

Backyard Naturalists (Downers Grove)
October 5, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
October 6, 2020 | Times vary 

Pumpkin Fest (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
October 6, 2020 | All day

Sports Day (Darien)
October 6, 2020 | 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Register by September 29, 2020.

National Night Out (Warrenville)
October 6, 2020 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Chemical Reactions (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook)
October 6, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
October 7, 2020 | Times vary 

Pumpkin Fest (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
October 7, 2020 | All day

Free Parking Wednesday (Cantigny Park, Wheaton)
October 7, 2020 | all day

Bookworms (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
October 7, 2020 | 9:30am – 10:00am
Register in advance.

Feeding Frenzy (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook)
October 7, 2020 | 10:00 am

Story Time in the Garden (Oak Park Conservatory)
October 7, 2020 | 10:00am – 10:30am or 11:00am – 11:30am
Only registered children and adults will be allowed in the garden during story time.

X-treme Energy (Oswego)
October 7, 2020 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Register in advance.

Magic Class (Glendale Heights)
October 7, 2020 | 5:15pm – 6:10pm
Register in advance.

Science of Yoga for Tweens (River Forest)
October 7, 2020 | 4:15pm – 5:15pm
Register in advance.

Learn and Perform Magic Tricks (Bolingbrook)
October 7, 2020 | 5:00pm – 5:55pm
Register in advance.

Kids Go Wild Fort Building (Oswego)
October 7, 2020 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Popcorn Popup Drive-In Matinee Movie: Hocus Pocus (Burr Ridge)
October 7, 2020 | 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Register in advance.

Popcorn Popup Drive-In Evening Movie: Hocus Pocus (Burr Ridge)
October 7, 2020 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Register in advance.

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
October 8, 2020 | Times vary 

Pumpkin Fest (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
October 8, 2020 | All day

Feeding Frenzy (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook)
October 8, 2020 | 10:00 am

Nature Telling at the Marsh (Lincoln Marsh, Wheaton)
October 8, 2020 | 10:00am – 10:30am

Halloween Gore-Tastic Lab (Oswego)
October 8, 2020 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Fall Fest Time with Your American Girl Doll (Carol Stream)
October 8, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Friendish Flowers (Oak Park)
October 8, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance.

Drive-In Concert (St. Charles)
October 8, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Reservations are required; $5 per car.

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
October 9, 2020 | Times vary 

Scarecrow Festival (St. Charles)
October 9, 2020 | Times TBD

Pumpkin Fest (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
October 9, 2020 | All day

Group Hayrides (Naperville)
October 9, 2020 | Times vary
Must register in advance.

Pumpkin Painting (St. Charles)
October 9, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Purchase tickets online.

Barbara’s Bookstore Storytime (Burr Ridge)
October 9, 2020 | 10:30am – 11:00am

Budding Naturalist (Oakbrook Terrace)
October 9, 2020 | 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Registration closes one week prior.

Escape the Barn (St. Charles)
October 9, 2020 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, or 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Advance registration required.

Drive-In Movie: CoCo (Lemont)
October 9, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Purchase tickets in advance.

Autumn Hayrides (St. Charles)
October 9, 2020 | Sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings
Purchase tickets online.

Pumpkin Flotilla (Westmont)
October 9, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Reservations encouraged.

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Hot Cider Hike (Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook)
October 9, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Pottery: Create and Paint (Naperville)
October 9, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance.

Kickball Night Out (Glen Ellyn)
October 9, 2020 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

NERF Wars Pizza Party (Warrenville)
October 9, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance.

Zombie Candy Hunt (La Grange, Western Springs Co-Op)
October 9, 2020 | 7:30pm – 8:00pm
$1 discount for early bird registration by October 2, 2020.

Campfire and S’Mores (Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia)
October 9, 2020 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Registration is required.

Family Fun Nights at the ARC (West Chicago)
October 9, 2020 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Register in advance.

Scarecrow Festival (St. Charles)
October 10, 2020 | Times TBD

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
October 10, 2020 | Times vary 

Pumpkin Fest (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
October 10, 2020 | All day

Group Hayrides (Naperville)
October 10, 2020 | Times vary
Must register in advance.

Fishing Derby (Bloomingdale)
October 10, 2020 | 8:00am – 10:00am
Pre-registration is required.

Family Nature & Forest Therapy Walk (Glen Ellyn)
October 10, 2020 | 9:00am – 10:30am
Register in advance.

Mummy Mile Fun Run (St. Charles)
October 10, 2020 | 9:00am – 10:30am
Advance registration required.

Restoration Days (Warrenville)
October 10, 2020 | 9:00am – 11:00am

Creative Cooking (Oak Park)
October 10, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Register in advance.

Friends of the Forest (Downers Grove)
October 10, 2020 | 9:30am – 11:00am

Fall Fest (Oakbrook Terrace)
October 10, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Advance registration is required.

Fall Festivities (Roselle)
October 10, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:30am
Register by October 8.

Pumpkin Painting (St. Charles)
October 10, 2020 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
Purchase tickets online.

Pumpkin Painting Picnic (Oswego)
October 10, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Family Fall Fest (Elmhurst)
October 10, 2020 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Makerspace Days (Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia)
October 10, 2020 | 10:15am – 2:15pm

Creative Cooking (Oak Park)
October 10, 2020 | 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Register in advance.

American Girl Halloween Party (Downers Grove)
October 10, 2020 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Register in advance.

Youth Archery (Glen Ellyn)
October 10, 2020 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Register in advance.

Pottery: Family Open Studio (Naperville)
October 10, 2020 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Register each person in your family.

Haunted Forest (Oak Brook)
October 10, 2020 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Register in advance.

Halloween at the Y (Indian Boundary, Downers Grove)
October 10, 2020 | 4:00pm – dusk
Come for the trunk-or-treating, stay for the movie!

Escape the Barn (St. Charles)
October 10, 2020 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, or 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Advance registration required.

Autumn Hayrides (St. Charles)
October 10, 2020 | Sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings
Purchase tickets online.

Scarecrow Scramble 5K (Lisle)
October 10, 2020 | Waves of runners begin at 6:00pm
Must register in advance.

Scarecrow Festival (St. Charles)
October 11, 2020 | Times TBD

Fall at the Zoo (Brookfield Zoo)
October 11, 2020 | Times vary 

Pumpkin Fest (Cosley Zoo, Wheaton)
October 11, 2020 | All day

Group Hayrides (Naperville)
October 11, 2020 | Times vary
Must register in advance.

Animal Encounters (Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia)
October 11, 2020 | 10:00am – 10:45am
All participants must register.

Tricks, Treats, and Tails (Austin Gardens, Oak Park)
October 11, 2020 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Pre-registration is suggested.

STEAM Sundays (Oakbrook Terrace)
October 11, 2020 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Registration closes one week prior.

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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.)

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

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of two girls and a baby boy (ages 6.5, 5, and 1.5). A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. Her three kids keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

1 Comment on "Family-Friendly Weekend Events: September 25-27 and Beyond"

  1. Wanted to let you know Naperville Park District Table Tennis Tournament on January 18 has been cancelled.

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