Fall Family Fun From a Distance

Fall Family Fun from a Distance

Article contributed by DePaul University student, Maegan Fahy

The leaves are changing and so is the weather, but there is still time to have some socially distanced family fun. Check out this list brought to you by the family and youth experts at MSV to find activities and events that will keep you and the children in your life engaged.

Visit the Pumpkin Patch at Sonny Acres Farms

Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

310 North Ave, West Chicago, IL 60185

During September and October, the celebration of harvest time spreads from the city to the farm. Decorated with piles of pumpkins and various specialty squashes and gourds, Sonny Acres offers a fall display not often seen at any ordinary pumpkin patch.

Visitors will discover a Farm Fresh Market, Spook Shed, Halloween Costume & Gift Shop, carnival rides, food, and all sorts of fall displays and attractions. Several tours of the farm are available with various activities and amenities included. For more information about tours, visit the Sonny Acres website

Explore With Children & Family Workshops at Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art

Saturday, October 17; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Virtual Event

In addition to ongoing virtual tours at the museum, this online class will teach children about the Day of the Dead's cultural significance. Using various art supplies, students will create their own beautiful mini altar to display during Día de Muertos.

Admission is free, but with a $20 suggested donation, all materials needed, available for curbside pickup, will be included.

Space is limited, so register today by emailing Gabriela at gabriela@NationalMuseumOfMexicanArt.org.

Take a Walk Down Scarecrow Trail

October 1 - November 1; 7 a.m. - Sunset

Morton Arboretum

Take a self-guided tour around the Morton Arboretum's Meadow Lake to see a zany collection of scarecrows created by local youth. Make a note of any standouts, because you will get to vote for your favorite scarecrow online!

Reserve tickets online to guarantee entry and click here for more information regarding ticket prices.

Read a Book with a Local Celebrity

Monday - Friday; 10:00 a.m.

Virtual Event

Chicago Public Library’s Live from the Library Series partners with well-known personalities, authors, and sports stars to bring stories to life each week. Local celebrities read a childrens' book aloud every weekday to engage young readers from the comfort of their own home. Past celebrity readers have included Barack and Michelle Obama, actress, Jane Lynch, and Blackhawks players.

Join these events live via the Library’s Facebook page or check out CPL’s archive of past storytimes.

Attend Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest

Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4; 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

4700 N Lincoln Ave and Leland Ave, Chicago

The 33rd annual Apple Fest is trading its normal roster of music performances and kids activities for a two-day farmers market stocked with plenty of fall produce along with virtual activities and deals from local businesses. Admission is free and tickets are not required.

Check Out Collaboraction Theatre Company’s annual PEACEBOOK Festival

October 17; 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Event!

Peacebook 2020 is a virtual symposium made for teen audiences featuring two free programs, Essential Perspectives and Visions of Peace. The symposium showcases young Chicago artists and activists premiering short new works about peace in the city.

Register for free here.

Explore Midnight Circus in the Parks

Saturday October 3; 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Welles Park

A touring troupe of acrobats, tightrope walkers, aerialists, and jugglers will come together at Chicago’s Welles park for open-air shows this October.

Reserve free tickets online today. Out of respect for the performers and other audience members, please wear a mask and observe social distancing precautions.

Drive-Thru Trunk Or Treat in Tinley Park

October 31; 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Family Harvest Church, Tinley Park at 18500 92nd Avenue Tinley Park, IL 60487

Join FHC's "Drive Thru" Fall Trunk-Or-Treat this October! All children will receive a gift bag filled with candy, stickers & more. Enjoy hayrides, games, jump inflatables, face painting & many other events appropriate for toddlers to teens. Register here for a Free Concession Ticket.

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