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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Cantigny’s Frozen Eve

The family-friendly party in the Cantigny Park Visitors Center will include a screening of the hit movie plus a sing-a-long and photos with characters. Kids are encouraged to dress in costume. Plus, fun treats, face-painting and crafts.


Chicago Family Palooza

Chicago Family Palooza has a wide variety of interactive activities for everyone, including a 220-foot indoor zip-line, Euro bungee, inflatables, carnival rides, a petting zoo, rock climbing wall, trackless train rides, miniature golf, DJs, magicians, strolling and costumed entertainers, face painting, balloon twisters and animal shows. The Zip Line, Euro Bungee Jump, Face Painting, Sand Art and Caricature Portraits are considered premium attractions and can be accessed with the additional purchase of the $5 Premium Attraction ticket.



Discovery Day

Nature Museum experts use their scientific knowledge to identify specimens from visitors' collections, whether it’s the origin of your favorite rock, a prized leaf that you collected as a child, or just an object you noticed recently. Nature Museum scientists and urban ecologists will also provide context for how they fit into nature and our urban ecosystem. Rarely seen specimens from the Chicago Academy of Sciences 250,000-plus piece collection will also be on display for guests to observe and enjoy. This includes the Academy’s oldest specimen, a Merlin (small species of falcon) from 1834, a Peregrine Falcon and Abert’s Squirrel.


Little Sweethearts Family Dance

Families are invited toa magical evening of rockin’ tunes, mini-line dancing lessons, musical games, arts and crafts, photo ops, special character appearances, free exploration of all museum exhibits and more.


Curious George

Theatreworks USA presents a musical adaptation of the classic story. With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled adventure, involving a world-famous Golden Meatball contest, a trip to Rome and a determined mission to help a friend in need. “Curious George” captures everyone’s favorite monkey at his best, and provides viewers with an exciting and lighthearted musical experience.


Secret of the Mummies

Help us prepare our simulated mummy for the afterlife, meet our real mummies, and discover tomb treasures.


Sap's Rising

Walk in the sugar maple forest as winter comes to an end and learn about the sweet history of maple syrup making.


High Wheeler Train Show

This model railroading show features 20 unique running layouts. New for 2015 is Kids’ Only Make ‘n Take clinic sponsored by Walthers, free with admission. Details and pre-registration online. Other free kids’ activities include coloring and crafts.


Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo

Whizz past the goats and cows at the rink in Farm-in-the-Zoo. Snacks and winter warming drinks are available for purchase. Open MLK Day and Presidents Day.


Moriah Purim Carnival

Features a bounce house, carnival games, a toddler room with unlimited arts and crafts, "Tot Town" inflatable play area, and face painting. The popular "Purim Jail" will allow mischievous kids to put their siblings and parents away for 5 tickets. The event will also feature a fundraising sale of homemade Hamantaschen. All proceeds go to "Tikun Olam," USY's Tzedakah Fund. Children in costume receive five free prize tickets.



Frozemont's centerpiece is the four-story “Polar Peak,” which will take visitors on a tubing thrill ride (Dec. 12-March 1). The "Skating in the Park" ice rink is open to the public for free (Nov. 28-March 1). Other winter festivities include the Winter Frost Face Off hockey series (Jan. 9-March 1).


National Pig Day

Meet some little piggies, put on a pig tail, bring home the bacon, make a piggy bank, and learn about these animals.


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