Unbe-leaf-able Fall Fun

Fall is much welcomed in Chicago after the heat of the summer sun. Colorful falling leaves and crisp fresh air wraps us up as we celebrate the changing of the seasons! So get ready to find your coziest sweaters and harvest some family fun with these fall activities!

Orchard Visit

Find a local spot to pick out some apples! They usually offer fun activities and the whole family will have a great time choosing their favorite varieties. Pack a small basket or tote bag to be filled by your little one. You just can’t beat the taste of a freshly picked apple!

  • Red Tricycle has a great list of apple picking spots, click here to check them out!

Leaf Play

Make a chore into something more! Spend an afternoon raking leaves with the family. Rake all the leaves into a pile and let your little ones have fun jumping in it, then do it all over again! When you’re both tired out, pick out one or two leaves to compare up close while indoors.


Spend an evening with your family and friends around the fire. Tell stories, sing songs, make s’mores, and have some hot cider or hot chocolate. It will be a fun night for everyone! For more information, click on the event to follow their link.


Nature walk

What better way to observe the changing of the seasons than with a fall nature walk? Be it walking through a neighborhood or walking through a forest preserve make any walk a nature walk by taking in the sights and sounds of nature! And as the cooler temperatures roll in you might find that a walk is the perfect way to warm up.

  • Attach bells to shoe laces or bracelets to your little ones as they discover a new trail. Feel free to add on to the fun by singing some of your favorite songs!

  • Who doesn’t love a nice warm beverage warming up your hands? Whether you stop by your favorite coffee shop or bring some from home in a thermos, enjoy some hot chocolate with your little ones as you stroll through the neighborhood! Try to catch the sun rise along the lake for a magnificent start to a fall morning.


Fall at the ZOO!

  • Fall Fest: At Lincoln Park Zoo fall fun covers zoo grounds! Visit us during Fall Fest (September 27- October 27) to see animals, learn at various species chats, and enjoy seasonal activities like:

    • A pumpkin patch

    • Photos with a giant pumpkin

    • Live pumpkin carvers

    • A corn pool, corn maze, and fun slide

    • Delicious holiday snacks

Click here for more information.

  • Spooky Zoo: Bring your spookiest, silliest, or animal inspired costumes Saturday, October 26th to trick or treat at the Zoo! You won't find any werewolves at LPZ but you might hear some howling coming from the red wolf exhibit near the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. Click here for more information.

Whether you’re exploring new or familiar places, make it a tradition to get outside and enjoy the season! Let us know where your family likes to get a little taste of fall in the comments below.

Written by Brenda Rivera