Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

The exhibit transforms seven beloved and award-winning picture books - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," "The Snowy Day," "Where's Spot?" "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," "Abuela," and "Tuesday" - into three-dimensional, bilingual play and learning environments.

Cost: Free with admission

Sheridan’s Books and Crannies

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

A new permanent exhibit, reinventing the museum's current "Play Library" exhibit as a pretend bookstore. Features a reading loft, various reading nooks, and a changing array of children's books and periodicals. Also includes a variety of activities to promote literacy.

Cost: Free with admission

Build It! Make It!

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Exhibition features a variety of building materials for kids and families to play with ideas, explore materials and tinker with tools.


80 at 80

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Special exhibit showcases 80 rarely displayed artifacts from the museum's extensive collection in honor of the museum's 80th anniversary. These artifacts, carefully selected by MSI curators, will ignite guests' memories from past exhibits but many will be revealed for the first time.

Cost: Free with admission

Future Energy Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Guests get a fresh and dynamic look at our energy choices and steps we can take to create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy future. Activities include: Ride a bike and convert mechanical energy into electrical energy; crank a hand generator and activate an array of "plasma trees"; feel the difference in energy demand among a range of light bulbs. The keystone is the Future Energy Chicago simulation, where guests compete in teams, and rotate through five games in which players design an energy efficient future car and house, improve tomorrow's neighborhood, and reinvent Chicago's transportation and power generation systems.


Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

The exhibit showcases the creative accomplishments and innovations of one of Chicago's native sons, Walt Disney, and the ongoing legacy of the company that bears his name. Features artifacts that have not been widely seen by the public, including drawings, props, costumes, artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, TV shows and live action films, plus items from contemporary Disney milestones. Hands-on, interactive stations bring Disney's technological breakthroughs in animation and motion pictures to life. Guests can try recording sound effects, explore Disney's revolutionary MultiPlane film camera and learn to draw some of their favorite Disney characters in the Animation Academy.

Cost: $9, $7 kids 3-11, plus admission

Start With A Sketch Exhibition

Geneva History Center | Geneva, Ill.

Exhibition highlighting the culture of illustration through the talented cartoonists, illustrators and voice actors connected to the Geneva community. Features well-known artists such as Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many Hanna Barbera characters, along with Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip.

Cost: Donations accepted

Boo! at the Zoo

Brookfield, Ill.

A not-so-scary fun-filled event features activities for the entire family. Zoogoers can take a spin on the Haunted Carousel, watch professional pumpkin carving demonstrations, hop on a hayride, and show off their costumes in the costume parade and showcase. Plus, a corn maze, special Zoo Chats, pumpkin treats for the animals, cookie decorating, scarecrow-building and other activities.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 19-20 and 26-27
Cost: Free with zoo admission

Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest

Highwood, Ill.

Come to watch as Highwood attempts to win the Guiness World Record for the number of lighted jack-o-lanterns lit in one location. Other activities include food vendors, live music, hay rides, pumpkin carving, massive pumpkin displays, light up the night parade, pet costume contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, 5K Pumpkin Run and Kids Dash, head shaving stations benefiting St. Baldrick's Foundationand more.

When: 4-9 p.m. Oct. 17-18; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 19; 9 a.m. Oct. 20
Cost: $2

Pumpkin Weekends

Blackberry Farm | Aurora, Ill.

Blackberry Farm will be decorated in the spirit of pumpkin season. A picnic area will feature an assortment of pumpkins for purchase, and a decorating station with painting supplies is provided. Plus, carousel rides, hay wagon rides and tours on the "Pumpkin Train." A magic show will be featured Oct. 13, with the Trick-or-Treat Walk and Costume Contest on Oct. 20 (noon to 3 p.m.).

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $5

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