12 Fun Chicago Kids Weekend Events

10/6/2016 7:43:44 AM
12 Fun Chicago Kids Weekend Events - KidTrail Pick
Fall in Chicago is always a beautiful time of year with crisp sweater weather and the lovely changing of colors. And, what a great fall weekend it is going to be.  Many of the kids’ events listed here include outdoor events that the whole family can enjoy as well as many indoor events.  There is Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest filled with outdoor fall fun.  Fall Adventure Day at Northerly Island Park will have you outdoors enjoying fall adventures. Or, maybe you want to try the Chicago Riverwalk Pumpkin Patch! Located on Chicago’s Riverwalk, you will find all sorts of fall fun such as pumpkins and games right in the heart of the city.  And, as always, please check the KidTrail events calendar page for a full list of events.


Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest

What: Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo is country fun without leaving the city!  This 2nd annual fall festival features a variety of family fun activities across the main zoo grounds and at the Farm in the Zoo. This free family celebration features animal chats, musical entertainment, a pumpkin carver and fall-themed enrichment for the animals.

Attractions:  Corn Maze, Hay Mountain, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Ride, Ferris Wheel, Pumpkin Bounce House, Fun Slide, Pumpkin Carvers, Strolling Entertainers, Animal Chats and Learning Stations, Edible Garden, Sing Along By Neeleo, Educational Carts, Face Painting, Lionel Train Adventure, Obstacle Course and Endangered Species Carousel.

Date/Time: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Oct 7 to 10, 2016 from 9 AM to 5 PM

Cost: Free to enter. Activity tickets are $3 for 1 ticket, $27 for 10 tickets and $51 for 20 tickets.

Age: All Ages

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Little Beans Fall Festival

What: Join us Join us for a Fall Festival at Little Beans Chicago. Lots of fall fun is planned: DJ, bounce house, pumpkin painting, caramel apples, glitter tattoos, hot dogs, ice cream and fun. Beechnut will also be on-site sampling. KidTrail will be at the event with a fun colored noodle project! There will also be an interactive dance session by Bollywood Groove Kids (bollygroove.com).

Date/Time: Friday 10/7/2016 at 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Cost: $25 for one child, $15 for siblings

Age: 0 – 10

Little Beans PlayCafe
1809 W. Webster
Chicago, IL 60614

Mom & Tot Bowling

What: Pinstripes has reserved a special Mom and Tot bowling hours from 10 am to 12 pm. 

Date/Time: Mondays to Fridays from 10 AM to 12 PM

Age: 12 and under

Cost: $3 per Child/Game, with a $4 shoe rental. Parents bowl free!

Pinstripes Chicago
435 E. Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611


High Energy Pumpkin Patches Near Chicago

With fall in the air, families start building traditions with their annual trips to nearby pumpkin patches and fall festivals.  If you are looking for a place that not only provides pumpkins to pick but also tons of kids activities, then look no further.  These 10 pumpkin patches near Chicago are filled with high octane fun such as corn mazes, kids zip line, petting zoo, pony rides, rodeo races, pig races and more!  Go early and make a day out of it! 

Check out this link for listing of our 10 favorite high energy pumpkin patches near Chicago:

Concert Playdate

What: Experiencing live music lights up the entire brain and opens communication in ways that words alone cannot! In this interactive concert, Old Town School of Folk Music faculty create a multi-sensory experience carefully designed to calm, delight, and support children with sensitivities and special needs. 

Date/Time: Sunday October 8, 2016 at 10 AM

Cost: Free for members, $7 for public

Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 

Fall Adventure Day

What: Join us for some fall fun in the parks! Get outdoors and explore nature at Fall Adventure Day at Northerly Island! Bike our new trail, enjoy a guided nature hike in the new Northerly Nature Area, catch a fish in Lake Michigan, learn about the fall bird migration or make a fall themed nature craft.

Date/Time: Saturday 10/8/2016 at 12 PM to 4 PM

Age: All Ages

Cost: Free

Northerly Island Park
1521 S. Linn White Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest at Berger

What: Please join us at the Berger Park Cultural Center for our 6th Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest! There will be music, food and of course great costumes!

Date/Time: Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Age: All Ages

Cost: Registration for your pet starts at 2 PM with a $10 entry fee for the contest.

Berger Park 
6205 N Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660 

Family Canoeing at Columbus

What: Learn how to canoe at Columbus Park. Paddling techniques, canoe safety, and natural history will be taught at the beautiful Columbus Park lagoon.

Contact nature.oasis@chicagoparkdistrict.com with questions.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Age: 6 and up

Cost: $8

Columbus Park 
500 S. Central Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60644 

Science Night Out

What: While parents have a night out, kids can spend their Friday or Saturday night with The Laboratory. Our Science Nights out include a pizza dinner and unique hands-on science activities based on kids’ favorite themes or movies.

Theme: This workshop will use introductory robotics as we learn about simple circuits and friction to design and create our own monsters. After creating simple Bots, we will watch the movie Monsters, Inc.

Date/Time: Saturday 10/8/2016 at 6 PM to 9 PM

Cost: $35 for members, $40 for non-members

The Laboratory
2349 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly

What: Kids PlayL Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters, and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop, and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept the passions and differences in every child.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 8, 2016, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Age: For ages 3 – 9

Cost: Tickets start at $19 and are available online or through the Apollo Theater box office at 773.935.6100.

Produced by Emerald City Theater
Play at Apollo Theater
2540 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614


Halloween Workshop

What: During our 1 and 1 1/2 hour hand building workshops, children will make and paint theme based projects.

Date/Time: Sun October 9, 2016 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM

Age: 3 and Up

Cost: $35 

Kids Clay Room
2646 N. Halsted St. 
Chicago, IL 60614

Chicago Riverwalk Pumpkin Patch

What: Located at Chicago's Riverwalk in the heart of the city, this is the place to go for fall fun! Fun rides, games, pumpkins, food and more await your group! You'll be able to pick out the perfect pumpkin, play some games, and end the day with a sweet snack!  

Date/Time: October 1 to Oct 30, 2016. Weekends: 9 AM to Sunset. Weekdays: Noon - Sunset

Age: All Ages

10 Tickets for $20 ($10 Savings), 1 Ticket for $3. Activities: Bounce House - 2 Tickets, Super Slide - 1 Ticket and Games - 1 Ticket

Chicago Riverwalk
305 East Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60611 



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