Fun Fall Family Activities in Central Illinois
Fall in central Illinois is a wonderful time. The area is beautiful as the leaves change and the weather is perfect for outdoor fun with the whole family. That’s why there are so many fun things to do throughout the season in the area. If you’re looking for a fun fall family activity in central Illinois, check out one of these great events happening this fall.
Morton Pumpkin Fest
September 12 to 15
Downtown Morton, 415 West Jefferson Street
This must-see fall family activity has been an integral part of the fall season in central Illinois for more than 50 years. Morton Pumpkin Fest has something for everyone on the family – an amazing craft fair, art shows, carnival rides, a pie eating contest, and all the pumpkin dishes you can eat.
September 21 to 23
RiverFront Park, 200 NE Water Street, Peoria
Enjoy traditional German music, delicious food, and fun log-sawing contests at this annual Peoria tradition. Held at RiverFront Park Peoria Oktoberfest, has fun for the entire family, from educational events at the German Heritage Tent to the Lindenhof Puppet Theatre for the kids.
Peoria Fine Art Fair
September 28 to 30
RiverFront Festival Park, 200 NE Water Street, Peoria
The Peoria Art Guild is nationally recognized and one of the oldest art guilds in the nation. The Peoria Fine Arts Fair is their largest fundraising event of the year showcasing 130 nationally recognized artists who love Peoria! Original works of art will include jewelry, painting, ceramics, photography, digital art, printmaking, mixed media, metal, glass, wood, sculpture, fiber, leather, and wearable fiber. This event has plenty of hands-on activities for the entire family. Join in with others right here in Central Illinois by participating in the Community Mural and the Kids Art Festival.
October 13 and 14
Peoria Zoo, 2320 N. Prospect Road, Peoria
Trick-or-treat on a haunted trail through Africa at this fun annual event at the Peoria Zoo. With a fun costume contest, magic shows, and tons of family fun, you’re sure to have a blast at Howl-Zoo-Ween. Tickets are $7 per person (children under 1 are free).
Haunted Playhouse and Costume Swap
Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, 2218 Prospect Road, Peoria
Have a day of Halloween fun at the Peoria Children’s Museum this year. Drop off an old Halloween costume between October 1 through 15 and receive a costume swap voucher for use during the event. You can pick out a fun new costume for your kids and enjoy other cool Halloween activities, like spooky story time and a scavenger hunt. Your kids will have a blast making slime or creating a creepy painting at the Haunted Playhouse and Costume Swap.
Creatures of the Night
Forest Nature Center, 5809 North Forest Park Drive, Peoria Heights
Enjoy a night of outdoor fall fun at the Creatures of the Night event at Forest Nature Center. The event features a trick-or-treat trail through the forest, fun campfire activities, and other outdoor activities. Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door.
The fun fall events are one of the reasons we love living and working in Central Illinois! Be sure you spend some time enjoying the beauty of the fall season with your family and friends.