There’s enough fun at this annual autumn attraction to keep kids and adults busy for hours. Bury yourself in a pit filled with 10,000 bushels of corn or “Wheeeee” all the way down the giant slide. Additions this year include four zip lines, a gourd walk and the show “Monkey Business with Frankie the Monkey.” Themed Fridays include a movie night, an Oktoberfest and a Halloween celebration. Don’t forget the pièce de résistance — a 12-acre, firefighter-themed corn maze. Wind through the pathways and learn about the history of firefighters and their jobs in communities. (Sept. 11-Nov. 1 at 1-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. $15. 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee.



“Race: Are We So Different?” is one of two new exhibits opening at the museum Oct. 14. Designed to help visitors recognize racial ideas and practices in everyday life, and encourage discussion about the way race affects communities, the exhibit includes artifacts and historic and contemporary photography, along with interactive activities. Think you can be as good a sleuth as London’s famous detective? Use powers of deductive reasoning at the “Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery” exhibit. Would-be private eyes must find clues in period rooms to solve a crime in this interactive short story. And for nature lovers, there’s the Imax film “Humpback Whales,” opening Oct. 9 for a six-month run in the museum’s Omnitheater. ($10-$13 for exhibits, $7-$8 for Omnitheater. 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.



If you need a break from modern times, step back to the Middle Ages. Artisans in period dress present educational demonstrations in cooking, coin- and glass-bead-making and armored combat. Play period games, see jugglers and try firing a crossbow. Sample English pasties, pies and more from Potter’s Pasties food truck. (11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27. Free, suggested $5 donation. Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Rd., Eagan.



What’s life without a little fairy dust? Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy bring magic to town as they tell the story of raven-haired Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. (12:30 & 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Xcel Energy Center, W. 7th St. and Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 1-800-982-2787.)



Shenanigans will ensue when Alvin, Simon and Theodore work together to defeat their archnemesis Ian Hawke, a villainous ex-music executive. The production features special effects, audience participation and catchy tunes by the chipmunks. (2 p.m. Nov. 22. $22-$50. Target Center, 600 N. 1st St., Mpls.



Stillwater Harvest Fest: Revel in fall color and family activities — plus a Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off. (Oct. 10-11, Lowell Park, Stillwater)

Como Zoo Boo: Halloween fun for tots. (Weekend evenings Oct. 17-25, Como Zoo, St. Paul.

Hawaiian monk seals: Meet Nani, Koa and Ola, the newest residents of the Minnesota Zoo. (

Ghouls and Giggles: Take a walk along a not-so-scary Halloween trail at this family-friendly event. (Oct. 24, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum,

Fall on the Farm: Pumpkin-carving, hayrides and more at Eidem Homestead. (Oct. 3, 4345 101st Av. N., Brooklyn Park,