Fall Festival

Southminster Presbyterian Church | Glen Ellyn, Ill.


Includes fall crafts, games, face painting, treats, a cookie/candy walk and bobbing for donuts. Costumes are optional (nothing scary or violent please) or come as you are.

When: 3-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Joliet Park District | Joliet, Ill.

Join Tom, a nerve-wracked schoolteacher nervous about his first day of teaching. As he tries to relax by watching TV, various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs as Just A Bill, Inter-planet Janet, and Conjunction Junction.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Cost: $9-$12

Circus in the Parks

Margate Fieldhouse | Chicago, Ill.

Circus In The Parks, featuring Chicago's Midnight Circus, a high-flying assortment of acrobats, aerialists, clowns, contortionists and even a dog tours Chicago parks under a brand new purple and blue little big top. To purchase tickets visit www.CircusInTheParks.org.

When: 2 and 5 p.m. Oct. 19; 1 and 4 p.m. Oct. 20
Cost: $5-$20

UniverSoul Circus

Union Park | Chicago, Ill.

One-of-a-kind show features a cast of performers hand-selected from around the world. The cross-cultural spectacle incorporates pop and hip-hop music for a modern take on the traditional circus act. Performances include Caribbean dancers; Irina Markova's comedy dogs; contortionists; and teeterboard acrobatics. Visit http://www.universoulcircus.com for information.

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: $16-$35

Drop-In Dual Language, Polish

Des Plaines Public Library | Des Plaines, Ill.


Explore easy vocabulary and early literacy skills in a dual language environment. Sing a song in English and Polish and read along with some favorite stories in both languages.

When: 5:30-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Baby and Toddler Expo

Baby Expo Chicago | Schaumburg, Ill.

Sponsored by Chicago Parent Media, Babies R Us, Enfamil, Mabels Labels and The Bump. Order tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7580051137

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $5, $10 at door

Spooky Stories

Women and Children First | Chicago, Ill.


Visit the haunted bookstore and hear some spooky stories from Miss Linda and play some spooky games with Miss Mack. Terrifying treats will be served.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Tales and Treasures

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

New exhibit showcases 50 rare and unique objects from the Sterling Morton Library's collections. The artifacts include a collection of butterflies that is more than 100 years old, an Eskimo bone carving, original woodblocks, and metal sculptures. Explore a modern cabinet of curiosities, with drawers that pull out and doors that open to reveal objects and interactive games, share your vision of a library in 50 years, and take part in a library-wide scavenger hunt.

Cost: Free with admission

Dinosaurs Alive!

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Features supersized animatronic dinosaurs, including favorites like Stegosaurus and Triceratops, as well as obscure dinosaur species with unusual characteristics, like feathers. Shantungosaurus-the largest dinosaur to walk on two legs-stands at more than 20 feet tall and 50 feet long in Roosevelt Fountain, and a tented showcase highlights the most recent paleontological findings that birds evolved from dinosaurs. In addition, guests will learn how dinosaurs are relevant to today's world and how changes in climate may have led to their extinction, plus about prehistoric flowers and plants .

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11, free kids 2 and under, plus zoo admission.

Ready, Pet, Go!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Brand new exhibit is dedicated to the special animals in our lives. Kids can become their favorite animal, crawl in, out and around a child-sized pet home, and share stories about the pets in their life. Parents can learn the benefits of pets and pet play, and access resources for choosing appropriate family pets.

Cost: Free with admission

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