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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Boo! at the Zoo

The not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy, including the "Crazy Maize" corn maze, haunted hayrides, the ever-popular "Pumpkin Smasher,” professional pumpkin carving demonstrations, a 1:00 p.m. Costume Parade followed by the Costume Showcase at 1:30 p.m., scarecrow building, and Zoo Chats about some of the zoo’s creepy critters.


Chicago Family Fun Expo

The Chicago Family Fun Expo is designed to help bring families together and find educational, healthy and fun activities. Learn about the latest products and services to make your life easier and meet fitness instructors and coaches. Includes live stage demonstrations, face painting, balloon animals and magic shows.



Skelebration 2014 is Redmoon's second annual Halloween event designed for families. Enter into a dream-like playground, where imagination, creativity, and sense of adventure are celebrated and encouraged. This year, families will be invited to engage with a wildly interactive haunted house, complete with delightfully devilish hosts; explore mausoleums that will transport them into new bizarre and ethereal environments; and experience new Redmoon devices and games, from the Toilet-tron to Swat-a-Fly. Runs weekends from Oct. 18-26.




Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Music is Awesome!

The live show production features music, singing, dancing and animation. Fan favorite Leslie Hall joins the cast on stage along with hip-hop legend Biz Markie who teaches kids how to beat box with “Biz’s Beat of the Day.”  Special guests are invited to join the party on stage in each city for the “Dancey Dance” and “Super Music Friends Show” segments. All new performances of show favorites include the veggie friendly “Party in My Tummy,” along with collaborations and medleys.


Fall Harvest Festival

Take part in harvest activities, enjoy wagon rides and fun arts and crafts. Assorted food treats are available for purchase.


Green Halloween

Participants follow a Green Pumpkin Trail through local businesses, churches and organizations to participate in free kids' activities and collect healthy, eek-o-friendly treats. This green event also encourages kids to give back to their community. Costumes are optional.




Sensory Friendly Opera Performance

Have Dreams and Lyric Unlimited are proud to present a sensory friendly performance of The Brothers GrimmThe Brothers Grimm tells the historically-inspired story of the famed sibling folklorists as they record and bring to life some of their most beloved tales.  Accommodations include modified house lights, freedom to talk or move during the show and a "take a break" space.


FACETS Family Boo! Bash 30th Anniversary Celebration

See the best short films from the festival, dance along with Redmoon Theater's Mobile DJ Unit, watch the amazing acrobatics of CircEsteem, dress up for the costume contest,enjoy tasty kid-friendly food and specialty drinks. All proceeds support Facets' year-round educational programs and the Chicago International Children's Film Festival.



A unique dance piece specially created for children that ends with a workshop for the audience who are invited to explore the set and participate in guided activities with the dancer. The event opens with a performance by the solo performer Sarah Anglada, and ends with a workshop designed to help children and families explore creative dance and choreography. The workshop lasts approximately one hour, working with different themes, dynamic qualities of movement, perception of space, rhythm and body awareness, and styles from improvisation to free creation.


Trains, Tricks & Treats

Celebrate Halloween in the Model Railroad Garden, decorated with spider webs, spiders, ghosts, goblins, and pumpkins, as well as seasonal plant materials. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume. An array of small treats and treasures to take home can be found throughout the Model Railroad Garden. Kids can take part in a planting activity.



Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest

Come to watch as Highwood attempts to win the Guiness World Record and partner with the Autism Society of Illinois to carve and light a pumpkin for each individual impacted by autism in Illinois. Other activities include trick-or-treating, food vendors, live music, hay rides, pumpkin carving, massive pumpkin displays, light up the night parade, pet costume contest, pumpkin dump and more. The autism-friendly event will have a sensory quiet area located at the Highwood Library.


Community Expo

Event features  clowns, mascots, face painting, raffles and refreshments. Also includes Kidsfair, sponsored by Advocate Hope Children's Hospital, with a magic show, Doctor Dress Up, Fun with Food, jumprope contest, and more kids' activities.


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