Fall festivities are in full swing! We’re starting to see Halloween events pop up and those fun activities fill up fast, so be sure to get tickets before they sell out! Halloween activities aside, there are some pretty fabulous things to do this weekend in the city, beginning tonight. Zelda and I plan on taking advantage of each weekend we have before the chilling cold hits, and this one is no exception! For those looking to explore the West Coast, Portland, Oregon is our spotlight city this week. There’s a ton to see and do, check it out below!
Photo Credit: The Lincoln Park Zoo, Midnight Circus, Adler Planetarium, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Navy Pier & Chicago Cultural Mile
Fall Fest At Lincoln Park Zoo: Each remaining weekend in October calls for fall fun at the Lincoln Park Zoo. From 10am to 5pm the zoo grounds are filled with festivities, including the go-to activities that everyone loves – think a corn maze, a hay mountain, Ferris wheel rides and more! Admission is free, but the rides and attractions cost tickets which can be purchased upon arrival.
Midnight Circus at Welles Park: We have heard incredible things about this event which takes place in parks all over the city. This weekend’s circus is in Welles Park and is the last one of the year, so grab tickets here before it’s too late! Zelda and I can’t wait to see all of the talented performers and for those who are wondering, it’s really at midnight! Friday the preliminary fun begins at 7pm, and on Saturday and Sunday there are shows at 2pm and 5pm.
One World One Sky Show at Adler: Adler is running a show about the moon and other amazing things our solar system holds, with a little help from friends Elmo and Big Bird! When the show is finished check out what else the planetarium as to offer, there’s enough to keep even the busiest babes occupied. The show is included with the purchase of an all access pass, $29.95 for kids ages 3 to 11 and $34.95 for adults ages 12-64.
Night of 1000 Jack O’ Lanterns at Chicago Botanic Gardens: If a break from the hustle and bustle of the city sounds appealing, jump on the highway and head to Glencoe for the evening. Beginning Thursday, October 20th, The Chicago Botanic Gardens is hosting Night of 1,000 Jack O’ Lanterns where babes and adults alike can admire the carved creations. It wouldn’t be complete without cider and donuts, so save some room! Time slots are selling out, get your tickets now!
Hotel Transylvania in the Park at Navy Pier: So long as the weather cooperates on Saturday, October 22nd, Navy Pier will be showing Hotel Transylvania at Polk Brothers Park. The movie begins at 6pm and is free to attend, but make sure to pack chairs and blankets before heading out (maybe mittens too)!
Halloween Gathering in Millennium Park: Only in its second year, the Halloween Gathering in Millennium Park is a spirited way to celebrate a little early! It takes place on Saturday, October 22nd and begins at 2pm and concludes at 8pm. It’s a nice wide window, so if the daytime activities sound appealing (or if that is as long as the littles will last) take part in the fun, it goes until 5pm. At 6pm the parade begins, which is sure to be a hit!
The breathtaking landscapes and food scene is what drew Z and I to add this to our travel list. Here are our top three picks for a weekend in Portland!
Photo Credit: Adventure Cycling, Maple Parlor & Spirit of Halloweentown
Crater Lake: This National Park is stunning and makes for a breathtaking back drop for treasured photos. Check the website before packing up the car though; weather conditions limit what is open during certain times of the year.
Ice Cream at Maple Parlor: Who doesn’t love ice cream!? A welcomed find for those with dining restrictions, this spot offers vegan options and is gluten free. Check out their website to see a full lineup of flavors (our pick is the lavender ice cream!). Spoiler alert — they all sound delicious! Maple Parlor is located at 3538 SE Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland.
Spirit of Halloween Town: About an hour outside of Portland sits a small town called St.Helens. Why make the drive? For Halloween Town, of course! It’s a fall festival that spans the entire month of October. Be sure to check out the full schedule here. There are tons of kid friendly activities that your babe will love!