October

Saturday, October 6

Story Hour: Native Americans
11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Donations Welcome

The first Saturday of the month children explore the natural and cultural world through stories and exhibits at the Elgin Public Museum! No registration for this walk-in program.

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Saturday, October 6

Native American Cultural Day
11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Free!

Come to Lords Park for the annual celebration of Native American culture. Throughout the day there will be different activities available to the public including native flute music, shawl dancing, flintknapping, and vendors showcasing native art and crafts. The Bison Blessing will thank the bison for all they have provided at noon. Enjoy a portrayal of a Potawatomi Indian from the late 18th and early 19th century, as Sal Redhawk cooks over an open flame in front of his lodge. Eat lunch from the food trucks!

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Friday, October 12

Halloween Science Night
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm $2 per person, EPM members free!

Get into the spirit of Halloween at the Elgin Public Museum by learning some scientific tricks and treats! Witness the ghosts inside Skittles and M&Ms, find out what makes glow sticks tick, investigate bloody hand prints and discover the main ingredient in witch’s brew: Dry Ice. Different stations will be set up around the Museum for kids and parents to take part in awesome experiments and demonstrations. No registration required for this drop-in program.

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Saturday, October 27

Bison Feeding in Lords Park
7:00 am - 8:30 am $2/adult, $1/child, EPM members free

Join us for an up close and personal look at the bison, deer and elk at the Lords Park Zoo. Meet at the Museum for a short introduction after which we head for the zoo to assist the zookeeper in feeding these magnificent creatures. Space is limited to 12 people, so please register early! Sponsored by the Friends of Lords Park Zoo.

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Sunday, October 28

Day of the Dead Celebration
11:00 am-4:00 pm; Free!

“Dia De Los Muertos” is a holiday observed throughout the world by many different names. It is a time of remembrance and rejoicing, when families get together to remember loved ones and saints who have gone. Join us at the Elgin Public Museum to investigate the roots and traditions of this important holiday; help us celebrate by creating your own decorations! No registration or ticket required.