At Jack’s Pumpkin Glow, marvel at thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins. Photo courtesy of the event
At Jack’s Pumpkin Glow, marvel at thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins. Photo courtesy of the event

Things To Do in Chicago this Weekend with Kids: Apples, Pumpkins, Circus

With October's arrival, harvest festival season is in full swing for Chicago families, with apples, pumpkins, corn mazes, scarecrows, and even a bit of early Halloween candy. This weekend sees the return of the big Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest with music, a kids' zone, and all the apple pies you can eat. Meanwhile the Chicago Women's Park and Gardens hosts its yearly Applepalooza for even more apple-themed fun.

Already over apples and ready for some pumpkin action? Naper Settlement's Oktoberfest features kids' games and professionally carved pumpkins. Pier Pumpkin Days light up Navy Pier with a FREE exhibit of glowing Jack o'Lanterns, and Jack's Pumpkin Glow at the Sensory Garden Playground in Lisle is worth the later bedtime. Cosley Zoo in Wheaton starts its monthlong Pumpkin Fest, and "Pumpkins in Space" is the fun twist on the usual patch at Pumpkin Palooza in Aurora, with friendly alien pumpkins, pumpkin UFOs, and even a hay ride through a pumpkin solar system.

On Saturday, there's scarecrow building, a straw maze, and more fall fun afoot at the Lemonster Days fall festival, and a chance to kick off Halloween early with a candy hunt and pumpkin painting at the Lombard Fall Fest. Kids can run off that candy the next day at the Morton Arboretum's Fall Color Run 5K and Kids Dash, with an after-race party for participants and families.

All this, plus the Universoul Circus rolls into town with jawdropping, high-energy performances starting this weekend, and Luchadora, a new play for younger audiences presented by the Theatre School at DePaul, celebrates girl power and family bonds.

Feeling that Fall spirit yet? If you're looking for more, be sure to check out event calendar, updated daily.


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

Merle Reskin Theatre
60 E. Balbo Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Sensory Garden Playground
2751 Navistar Drive
Lisle, IL 60532

The Growing Place Aurora
2000 Montgomery Road
Aurora , IL 60504

Lincoln Ave. & Lawrence Ave. Lincoln Ave. between Lawrence and Eastwood
Chicago, IL 60625

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

Naper Settlement
523 S. Webster St.
Naperville, IL 60540

Cosley Zoo
1356 North Gary Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187

St. Benedict Parish
2215 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60618

Women's Park and Gardens
1801 S Indiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

Jamie McGee Elementary School
179 South Commonwealth Drive
Bolingbrook , IL 60440

Lombard Park District
820 S. Finley Road
Lombard, IL 60148

Centennial Park
16028 W. 127th Street
Lemont, IL 60439

Morton Arboretum
4100 IL Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza
Prospect Park (at Grand Army Plaza) - 8:00 AM Pick
Fishing at Orchard Lake
Linvilla Orchard - 9:00 AM Pick
Virtual Fete Day
Elfreth’s Alley Museum - 1:00 PM Pick
Car Hop Cinema and Dining at Coach Meeting House
Coach Meeting House - 8:00 PM Pick
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