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Weekend Spotlight: Fall Festivals, Free Films and More

There's plenty to keep your family entertained this weekend, and here are a few highlights. Check out the Go West Calendar for events that might better fit your family's interests or budget. And don't forget our Go West Guide to Apple Orchards. Even if the U-pick options are meager this year, many of these orchards offers lots of other fun activities.

There will be pony rides available on Saturday at the "Autumn Fair" at Peck Farm Park in Geneva. Photo by heartcaves on Flickr.AHOY MATEYS: The Geneva Underground Playhouse's kid-friendly production of "Three by the Sea" wraps up this weekend. The play features surfer dudes, pirates and mermaids. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, or a $25 family ticket lets two adults and two kids attend together. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m and Sunday at 3 p.m. 

FREE BIRD: The "Free Fall Movies" series continues at Goodrich Quality Theatres in Batavia and Oswego this weekend. The animated, G-rated movie "Rio" will be shown at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and also at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in a sensory-friendly manner as part of the "Lights Up, Sound Down" series.

FALL FEST: The Geneva Park District's annual "Autumn Fair" will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Peck Farm Park Interpretative Center. Admission is free. There are pony rides, crafts, games, cow-chip bingo, a petting zoo, hayrides, musical entertainment, basket raffles and more. It's also the last chance in 2012 to visit the Butterfly House before it closes for the season.

FUN ON THE FARM: The St. Charles Park District is holding its annual "Farm Frolic" at Primrose Farm on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Primrose Farm is usually free to enter, but this event does have an admission cost: $8 for those 12 and older and $4 for children ages 2-11. The event will feature pumpkin painting, face painting, an opportunity to make your own caramel apples, horse-drawn hayrides, a petting zoo, straw maze for young children, antique farm equipment and more.

LITTLE MICE: Red Oak Nature Center in North Aurora features an "Animal Encounter" every month, and this Sunday, the feature is on "Autumn Mice." The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and no registration is required.

JAPANESE POTTERY: The focus at Blackberry Farm in Aurora on Sunday will be an ancient form of Japanese pottery called Raku. For a small fee, you can purchase a piece of pottery to glaze and decorate, then watch the Raku firing process in action. You can pick up your pottery late in the day to take home. Raku pottery will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to Blackberry Farm is $6 for non-resident children, 47 for non-resident adults. 

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