Chicago weekend events for kids


There's a lot going on in this world-class city we live in, and the options can be overwhelming. So every week, we'll pick our not-to-miss events. Chances are, you'll see us there, kids in tow. If none of these suit your schedule, browse our full calendar to find events near you.

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Chicago Kids & Kites Festival

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events provides free kits for kids to design and create their own kite. There will also be crafts and face painting. Weather permitting,  the festival will also include the Big Kite Candy Drop, a piñata-like kite filled with candies that drop from the sky.


Fairy Festival/Breakfast with the Fairies

Enjoy fairy flower walks, discover fairy food, make enchanted crafts and be entertained by winged hostesses. Come dressed in wings, make a wand, learn a few magic words and indulge your inner child. For an additional fee, enjoy pancakes, sausage and a beverage with special fairies visiting the tables (9-11 a.m.).


Variety Special Needs Carnival

The carnival will be closed to the general public in order to provide extra time and space for families with special needs children to safely enter and exit rides. Features complimentary admission, popcorn, cotton candy, stuffed animals and carnival rides (rides will run at slower speeds). RSVP in advance by emailing Variety director Angelique Barthel at


Art in the Park

Join us for the 19th annual juried show of fine arts, craft and design.  Featuring over 100 midwest artists, food vendors, kid's court, and live acoustic entertainment.  Wilder Mansion will serve coffee, pastries, and lunch provided by Cafe Amano from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. both days.


Welcome to the Jungle

This special toddler workshop is designed to give families an opportunity to spend an afternoon creating with clay. Imagine you are walking through the jungle and share the animals you see in clay.


Country in the Park

View demonstrations on blacksmithing, butter-making, sheep-shearing, heirloom gardening and more. Visit with calves, sheep, chickens and pigs and celebrate the rural heritage of Downers Grove.


International Family Equality Day

International Family Equality day is celebrated worldwide each year to increase visibility of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parenting and family community. Participate in programs, including rainbow staircase, chalk wall, family flags, family portraits, and the Hospitality and Resource Room,  that showcase the museum's ongoing commitment to being a welcoming place for all families


Listen To Your Mother - Chicago

Features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in celebration of Mother’s Day. Each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities. While LTYM is an all-ages show, some of the topics covered may be too mature for the under 13 crowd. 10% of this year's ticket proceeds will benefit The Red Pump Project, a non-profit that educates women and girls about HIV/AIDS.


Touch a Truck Family Festival

Kids are invited to explore more than 30 full-sized vehicles such as fire engines, dump trucks, semis and tractors. The festivities will also include food, sweet treats, music, face painting and rides on the Great Chicago Kiddie Express, a child-sized train with all proceeds benefiting Kohl Children’s Museum.


Spring Festival

Enjoy guided wildflower walks, dip netting for fish and frogs in our pond, tree climbing with ropes and a harness, animal encounters, puppet shows, a kid's craft corner, beekeeping demonstrations and more.


Chicago Family Concert

Multiple GRAMMY Award winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer join family music star Justin Roberts for an all-ages concert. The show celebrates Cathy & Marcy’s new album Dancin’ in the Kitchen: Songs for ALL Families, which features a cover of the Justin Roberts song “From Scratch.” The joint show offers sing-alongs, silliness and songs that celebrate good times and family fun. From folk to pop and in between, with harmonies, guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles and more, the trio presents a full-out music party of timeless songs and audience participation.


Family Matinee Series: Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Performance features guest dancers from Hubbard Street 2. This program highlights selections from some of Tchaikovsky’s most famous repertoire including excerpts from Symphony 2, 4, 5 and 6; The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and more.


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