This Weekend Spotlight is sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Park District, which is hosting a free, indoor movie night on Friday, Oct. 13. “The LEGO Batman Movie” will get underway at 7 p.m. at the Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center, located at 800 St. Charles Road in Glen Ellyn. The showing is FREE, and no registration is required. So try out your best “Batman voice,” grab a blanket or lawn chair and watch a movie from the comfort of indoors on the turf at Ackerman SFC!
The Elgin Public Museum is hosting a “Sweet Science Night” on Friday featuring the science behind candy, in honor of Halloween. Let your favorite candies teach you a cauldron full of cool lessons concerning density, acidity, chemical reactions and more! Different stations will be set up around the Museum for kids and parents to trick-or-treat at before partaking in awesome experiments and demonstrations. The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and the fee is $2 per person.
The Fall Festival at Cantigny Park in Wheaton on Saturday will feature a craft show, inflatables, candy dive, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin ring toss, a petting zoo, book fair, children’s craft project, hay rides and pony rides. There are a variety of children’s music concerts and shows throughout the day. Admission is included in the regular $5 parking fee. There are fees involved for activities including face painting, the petting zoo and hayrides. You can find a detailed schedule of events here.
Goodrich Quality Theaters will be showing “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Randall 15 IMAX in Batavia and the Kendall 11 in Oswego. This is part of the Weekend Morning Movies Fall Series, and tickets are $1 (or free for FMG club members.)
Marcus Theatres in Elgin is also hosting their “Not So Scary Halloween Series.” This week’s feature is “Monsters vs. Aliens.” The movie will be shown Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Admission is $3 but you can print this flyer with two free vouchers courtesy of American Family Insurance.
Pumpkin Weekends continue on Saturday and Sunday at Blackberry Farm in Aurora. Carousel rides, hay wagon rides, pony rides, paddle boats and tours on the Pumpkin Train are included with the $7-per-person admission, along with some special Halloween-themed attractions.
Pumpkin Fest continues daily at the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in October, the zoo plays host to a number of special fall activities and decorations. Regular admission rates apply for adults but Wheaton Park District residents and kids are admitted free.There will be a straw pyramid and corn stalk tunnel, plus children’s rides available for an extra fee. Here’s a bit more about what to expect.
Donley’s Wild West Town in Union holds a “Fall Festival” on weekends through Oct. 29, 2017, featuring spooky train rides, pony rides, a pumpkin painting contest and more. Every child receives a free pumpkin. Check the website for details, but it looks like admission is $17 for the rides, shows and attractions. Children under 3 are free with a paid adult. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Morton Arboretum is hosting “Trick or Trees” on Saturday and Sunday, where children are encouraged to wear costumes, play tricky games, fashion fun fall crafts and plant a tree seed to take home as a treat. This program takes place on weekends through October, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Children’s Garden. There is also a Scarecrow Trail around Meadow Lake and the glass pumpkin patch on the West Lawn through Oct. 15. All are included with regular admission to the arboretum.