The newest attraction to the standard fall festivities is Jack’s Pumpkin Glow. Produced by the Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, The Pumpkin Glow is making its first appearance in the Chicagoland area and it is a must see.
Family Fun 411 was invited as complimentary guest of Jack’s Pumpkin Glow all opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
The trail is 1/3 mile and it took us about 45 minutes to walk through with the crowds. The trail is on hay and grass and if it has rained be prepared for mud. Wear grubby shoes!!
Food is available to purchase at the entrance. Not your standard concession food. Beef BBQ mini torta, walking taco, tex-mex chili, and my favorite elotes along with veggie burger and smoked sausage. Alcoholic beverages are also available. Also note that the trail ends near the parking lot so you must walk back around for the concessions if you are planning on eating after.
In the same area with the concessions is a large clearing with tables for waiting and eating. Nearby are the port-a-potties , live pumpkin carving demonstrations and face painting. `
If you bring a stroller or wagon, make sure it can go over rough terrain and even mud. Because of the crowds this would be a perfect place to baby wear plus it keeps your little one warmer. I use this cover when I’m babywearing in the cold.
This is very family friendly and not scary at all. The music is lively and not haunted. There is one section that is Halloween themed, but it is not ghoulish.
Sensory Garden Playground in Lisle which is the same location as my favorite summer festival, so I was familiar with the location. Parking is free and plentiful.
Tickets are available online only and not sold at the door. Entrances are timed every thirty minutes for crowd management. You can purchase anytime admission for $5 more.
Like any good amusement park, you take a picture at the beginning and have the option to purchase it at the end as you leave the trail right into the gift shop. You can also purchase small and large pumpkins starting at $4.
My toddler had a great time. We sang baby shark to the shark pumpkin and roared at the dinosaur pumpkin. He did great being out well past his 8:00 pm bedtime. The grandparents also had a good time. Jack’s Pumpkin Glow can definitely be enjoyed by the whole family.
Autism Glows is a special night designed for children with autism has been reserved for 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. There will be limited ticketing with lower volume music and brighter lighting.
Jack’s Pumpkin Glow occurs in Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Nashville.
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Sensory Garden Playground
2751 Navistar Dr. Lisle
Kids 3-12 $16.99
2 and under free
Anytime admission $27.99
Dusk Thursdays through Sundays, Oct. 4-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27