Guest Blog Post: Top Picks for Families to do in the Area

Guest Blog Post: Mommy by the River

Happy October! Without question, this is my favorite month out of the entire year. Harvest festivals and fall fun are in full swing now. I finally had an opportunity to go apple picking last weekend at a wonderful little orchard and experienced my first Honeycrisp Apple!  Can anyone say, “yum?”

In my Top Picks for the weekend of October 4-6, you will find fun events to bring your
kids to in the following towns: Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, South Elgin, Streamwood, and West Chicago. Best of all, they are all FREE or CHEAP! A special “shout out” to Heather M.–one of my readers. She alerted me to the Toys “R” Us‘Create & Take’ workshops, which you will see in my list below. Thank you, Heather M., for thinking of Mommy By The River and all of the readers who will appreciate the information!

DISCLAIMER: The events posted below may change due to weather and other crazy circumstances, so I do encourage you to phone and/or check event information before heading out. Please note that all of the events listed are drop-in and require no registration. And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!


Saturday, October 5, 2013
Event: Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch
Town: South Elgin, IL
Where: County Park, 225 S. Water St., South Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Homegrown pumpkins for sale ($1-$5 each); pony rides ($2), petting zoo, hay rides and more!
Cost: FREE entry. Fee for attractions.
More information: Web site or 847-622-0003

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Event: Craft Fun
Town: Bartlett, IL
Where: Bartlett Depot Museum, 100 W. Railroad Ave., Bartlett
Age: All ages
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Description: Create a Halloween mask with the materials provided, then take it home
Cost: FREE
More information: Web site 

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Event: Toys R Us Create & Take Craft
Town/Where: Various stores including Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, South Elgin and more
Age: Kids age 5 and older
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Description: Design characters and scenes with your handprint. All materials supplied!
Cost: FREE.
More information: Web site

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Mommy by the River

About Mommy by the River: My name is Pamela. I’m a mommy who lives by the Fox River in Elgin, IL who has longed for a local resource that would tell me WHERE to go with my child that costs me either nothing or nearly nothing. Full Bio