Blog: Innovation Destinations

Chicagoland fun for kids this weekend: Spinning spiders, Minecraft madness, and costume design

Does your little one have an affinity for arachnids? Head on over to Knoch Knolls Nature Center in Naperville this Saturday 10/9 for an afternoon of spider-centric programming. Learn how spiders hunt for or capture their prey, investigate their amazing spinning abilities, seach for spiders on a hike, play a rousing game of Spider vs. Fly, and make an eight-legged craft of your very own to take home and add to your Halloween decorations. This 1:00 - 2:30 event is geared towards kids aged 6-8 years old, and is $13 per participant if you pre-register.

Older innovators, aged 8-12 years old, can bask in their love of Minecraft at the River Forest Public Library's Minecraft Madness event this Saturday, 10/9. Participants will find Minecraft-inspired activities and snacks, and can play and build together on collaborative challenges. Advanced registration for this free, 3:30 - 5:00 event is required, so secure your spot today!

There's a special opportunity for kids with a particular interest for fashion and costume design this Saturday. Chicago's Wishcraft Workshop is hosting a costume design workshop series in which participants can submit their designs for expert advice, get tips on best materials and where to find them, then spend up to four hours bringing their designs to life in the costume lab. Just in time for Halloween, this no-experience-necessary workshop is just the ticket for kids who want to rock a one-of-a-kind costume that's completely their own. Two workshops remain in the series - Saturdays 10/10 and 10/17. Registration is required, and if you'd like a customized shopping list, book today or tomorrow for the 10/17 workshop. Participation is $75 for kids aged 7-12 years old, or for parents who want to get in on the action and sew a costume of their own. 

The Oark Park champions of creative play over at Wonder Works are at it again with Family Studio Art. These ongoing sessions are included with admission and provide open-ended artistic experiences for participants just born through 8 years old. Schedule your visit in the 12:30 - 4:30 window to get in on a session, or explore any of the six permanent Wonder Works zones spanning everything from building, gardening, and film.

The three-day weekend is host to Family Weekend at Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Visit anytime from 11:00 - 2:30 on October 10, 11, or 12 for spectacular fall colors, animal education, interactive science shows, live music, face painting, fortune telling, tasty treats, and so much more. This fallapalooza is free with arboretum admission and perfect for family members of all ages.