September events calendar for kids in Chicago

Fall kicks off with a lineup of fun things to do with the kids in Chicago
Photograph: Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo

Now that the school year is back in full swing, weekends are more precious than ever for families. Fill your days off with fun events that everyone will enjoy. September ushers in kid-friendly events like Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo, Museum Day and Fiesta Familiar. Of course, there's still time to check out a classic Chicago summer festival, with options like Festival de la Villita, St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest and Lakeview Taco Fest. Soak up the last days of summer with our guide to September events for kids in Chicago.

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Things to do with the kids in September

Adler planetarium, solar system
Photograph: Nick Ulivieri
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Museum Day

On Saturday, September 22, Smithsonian magazine will celebrate Museum Day, offering free admission to institutions throughout the country. In Chicago, you'll be able to score free tickets to places like the National Writers Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Adler Planetarium and the DuSable Museum of African American History. Claim your free ticket by visiting the Smithsonian website, where you can browse the list of participating institutions.

"The Science Behind Pixar"
Photograph: Michael Malyszko

“The Science Behind Pixar”

icon-location-pin Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, IL, Hyde Park

This interactive exhibit explores the science and technology that go into making some of your favorite animated films, closely examining the techniques used by artists and computer scientists to bring movies like Toy Story and The Incredibles to the big screen. You'll even be able to control a camera while learning how animators created a sense of scale in A Bug's Life and explore the properties of lighting that made it challenging to create convincing water animations in Finding Nemo.