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Naperville Park District community events this fall


Above / Tis the season to give folks pumpkin to do from one local park to another.

Families can enjoy fall and Halloween-themed activities at Knoch Knolls Nature Center during Creepy Critters Month, from through Oct. 31, Monday through Saturday. Self-guided activities are available to explore spiders, bats, crows and snakes. Additionally, kids can go on an indoor Creepy Critters scavenger hunt and win a fun prize.

Knoch Knolls Nature Center is located at 320 Knoch Knolls Road, just north of the spacious Knoch Knolls Park.

Knoch Knolls Nature Center will host an Adult Hike with a Naturalist at 10AM on Tues., Oct. 24. Then, to learn more about owls in our area, join a naturalist for the Adult Owl Prowl at 5PM on Sat., Nov. 11, meeting on the deck at Knoch Knolls Nature Center. Registration is $5 for Naperville Park District residents and $10 for nonresidents for each of these programs and can be completed online at www.napervilleparks.org.

Halloween Happening, presented by Woody Buick/GMC, is scheduled from 1 to 4PM Sun., Oct. 29, at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. This free event is designed for children ages 10 and under featuring Halloween-themed games and activity stations where they can collect treats and win prizes. Family-friendly costumes are welcome.

From one booth to the next, Halloweeners found tricks and treats in 2022. (PN File Photo)

The Riverwalk Grand Pavilion is located at 912 Honorary Sindt Memorial Court, just west of downtown Naperville.

Stay tuned for smashing November events

Pumpkin Smash returns from 9AM to Noon, Sat., Nov. 4. The Park District encourages families to save their leftover Halloween jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins for recycling at the Pumpkin Smash at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, located at 811 S. West Street. Drop off pumpkins or stay to help smash them directly into the garden soil. Now in its seventh year, this event successfully adds the nutrients of leftover pumpkins to the soil and keeps them out of landfills.

Friday Night Dance Party, 7-9:30PM Fri., Nov. 17, is set for adults and teens age 15 and up at Fort Hill Activity Center. Fort Hill’s instructors will lead everyone in the fun dance moves of Zumba, Body Jam and Zumba Gold, followed by refreshments.

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