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2017 Naperville Park District Fall Fun Preview

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2017 Naperville Park District Fall Fun Preview

Monarch Festival, Ghost Stories in the Park, Scare-illon, Halloween Happening, Hayrides and More

The Naperville Park District offers a variety of autumn events for the community to enjoy during the months of September and October.

On Thursday, September 14, adults ages 18 and up are invited to an Adult Hike with a Naturalist from 8:00-9:30 a.m. at Knoch Knolls Park to look for wildlife. This event is free but registration is required. A second Adult Hike with a Naturalist also is offered on Saturday, October 28.

Visit beautiful Knoch Knolls Park and Nature Center , located at 320 Knoch Knolls Road, and also learn about Monarch butterflies at the inaugural Monarch Festival on Sunday, September 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Watch Monarchs being tagged, learn how to plant a pollinator garden, and visit with local beekeepers and conservation organizations. Children can have fun with games and crafts and food trucks will be on site offering some lunch items and beverages for purchase.

Fall hayrides will take place at both Seager Park and Knoch Knolls Park each weekend in October. The outings include a ride through the woods, a campfire and hot chocolate.  

The weekend of October 6-8, the Naperville Park District will host Summer Place Theatre’s Ghost Stories in the Park...In the Dark at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. Tickets are $7 and are available at the door or through the Naperville Park District at www.napervilleparks.org . Shows run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings Oct. 6-8. The Riverwalk Grand Pavilion is located along the Riverwalk just west of Centennial Beach. This event is appropriate for adults and children ages 5 and up.

The third annual Creepy Critters Day will take place at Knoch Knolls Nature Center on Monday, October 9 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. This is a free drop-in program that includes a Creepy Story Time presented by the Naperville Public Library at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool children ages 3-5 can create gooey concoctions while learning about the science of solids and liquids. Cool Science: Halloween Gooey Concoctions meets from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10 at the 95th Street Center at 2244 W. 95th Street. Cost is $26 for residents and $39 for nonresidents. A similar program for  ages 6-11, Cool Science: Halloween Potions, Elixirs & Magical Mixtures, meets October 10 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., also at the 95th Street Center. The cost is $36 for residents and $54 for nonresidents.

On Saturday, October 21 Knoch Knolls Nature Center presents Acro-Bats, a new program for children ages 6-8 with fun activities to help them learn about the world’s only flying mammal, the bat. The program takes place from 10:00-11:30 a.m. The cost is $15 for residents and $22 for nonresidents.

Fort Hill Activity Center will host Spooktacular, a Halloween event for kids ages 4-12 on Friday, Oct. 27 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Parents can enjoy an evening out while children play at the Fort, Fort Hill Activity Center’s indoor playground and childcare area. Kids’ activities will include pumpkin decorating, Halloween Bingo, Mummy Relay Races, Pin the Stem on the Pumpkin, and Monster Freeze Dance. Dinner and juice are provided. Registration is $25 for residents and $38 for non-residents, and Fort Hill Fitness Members receive a discount.

Free Halloween events include the Scare-illon concert from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Millennium Carillon, located at the base of Rotary Hill at 443 Aurora Ave. and Halloween Happening from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion.

The Scare-illon concert, scheduled from 7:00–8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, will feature both classical and popular music with spooky and atmospheric themes played by Naperville City Carillonneur Tim Sleep.  Special guests this year include Élan Dance Company dancers, who will perform special Halloween-themed dances. 

The 2017 Halloween Happening will take place at the Grand Pavilion at the Riverwalk from 1:00–4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29. This free event is designed for children ages 10 and under with four themed areas, where they can collect treats, play games and win prizes. The four themed areas include Halloween Way, Fairytale Lane, King Arthur’s Court, and Adventure Alley. Kids are welcome to wear their favorite costumes to the event.

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