Get lost in Chicago’s largest corn maze at Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up. Photo courtesy of the event!
Get lost in Chicago’s largest corn maze at Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up. Photo courtesy of the event!

Columbus Day Weekend Things To Do in Chicago with Kids: Peppa, Sesame, Daniel Tiger, Pumpkins

Brace yourselves, kids of Chicago (and pace yourselves, Chicago parents): Not only does Columbus Day weekend bring a veritable seasonal onslaught of festive fall fun, there's also an invasion of beloved kids' characters on the calendar.

Whatever your preschooler's into, chances are their hero will be in town: There's Sesame Street Live at the Rosemont, Peppa Pig Live at the Chicago Theater, and Daniel Tiger at the Garfield Park Conservatory, plus The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Elephant and Piggie continue their extended stays. Meanwhile, older kids who love the Indiana Jones films can dig into a film festival celebrating the mild-mannered archaeologist.

With the approach of Halloween, it's a good time for (kid-friendly) ghost stories told around a campfire at the Chicago Campfire Festival in the Park. Your pet can also test-drive a costume at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Spooky Pooch Parade. There are illuminated pumpkins to peep at Navy Pier, Goose Island, and Lisle's Sensory Playground, pop-up pumpkin patches to explore at the Cosley Zoo, Skinner Park, Bell Park, and Hale Park, and even glass pumpkins to admire at the Morton Arboretum, in addition to a cute Scarecrow Trail. Over 100 handmade scarecrows will be on display at this weekend's St. Charles Scarecrow Festival, or if you're looking to build your own, visit Long Grove's DIY Scarecrow Day.

On Monday, there's the big parade, of course, as well as Indigenous People's Day programs at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. The Theater on the Lake is also hosting a FREE day-long drama workshop and festival, or girls can take part in a full day of free activities just for them at Merrimac Park's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun event. Plus, Monday is a free-for-Illinois-residents day at the Adler Planetarium.

And that's just the start of a long list of fall fun happenings this weekend. Good thing there's an extra day—you'll need it. Looking for more things to do with kids? Don't miss our ever-expanding event calendar and our roundup of Free Things to Do This Fall with Chicago Kids.


Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

Chicago Children's Theater
100 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60607

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Morton Arboretum
4100 IL Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

Cosley Zoo
1356 North Gary Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Washington Park
5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60615

Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up
1465 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

Sensory Garden Playground
2751 Navistar Drive
Lisle, IL 60532

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Rosemont Theatre
5400 N. RIVER ROAD
Rosemont, IL 60018

Chicago Botanical Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022

Chase Park
4701 N Ashland
Chicago , IL 60640

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Stratford Square Mall
152 Stratford Drive
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Fischer Farm
16W680 Grand Ave.
Bensenville, IL 60106

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

Skinner Park
1331 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Ida Noyes Hall
1212 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Chicago Theatre
175 N State St
Chicago, IL 60601

International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60610

Adler Planetarium
1300 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624

Historic Downtown Long Grove
308 Old McHenry Rd.
Long Grove , IL 60047

Bell (George Jr.) Park
3020 N. Oak Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634

Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113

The Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Theater on the Lake
2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614

Merrimac Park
6343 Irving Park Rd.
Chicgao, IL 60634

Mitchell Museum
3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201