Things to do with the kids in September
Get your fall feels on at this free monthlong fest that begins at the tail end of September. A Ferris wheel, corn maze, hay mountain and pumpkin patch should make it easier to forget that summer's coming to a close. Fall Fest also includes live music, animal chats, professional pumpkin carvers and fall-themed activities for the animals.
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 Little Big Top takes of Chicago parks, bringing acrobats, tightrope walkers, aerialists, jugglers and more to parks throughout the city. The Midnight Circus touches down in a new park each weekend, staging intimate performances that allow audiences to get up-close to the onstage action. As usual, proceeds are used to fund improvements in Chicago parks.
Kids become the captain of their own ship (figuratively speaking, of course) at this exhibit, which includes a two-level boat complete with a bunk and kitchen plus an interactive bait shop. Little explorers will be able to explore the ship, drop a fishing line, try on life vests, secure a rig and so much more.
Beer-loving moms and dads: This one's for you. St. Alphonsus's annual Oktoberfest celebration is family-friendly and even includes adjacent programming for the kids at Kinderfest. The under-21 set can take part in face painting, crafts, storytime, dance parties and more from 11am to 5pm both days.
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.