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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British Swim School & Friends Open House

A fun and free day of open swimming, soccer, play castle, games, raffles, and refreshments.


Kids’ Day of Fun

Kicking off the excitement is the Disney favorite, Finding Nemo (rated G) along with craft making, playing games and eating pizza.



The imaginative characters of Richard Scarry’s books come alive in this musical. Performances are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and run approximately one hour.


Marchin’ to Nature’s Beat!

Discover which instruments come from trees and other natural materials in demonstrations offered throughout the day, then make some music of your own.


Dr. Seuss Day!

Families can drop by Open Books River North for coloring activities, readings, cake
 and a 20% discount on children’s books—plus an interactive story time from the Junior League of Chicago’s Mad Hatters, and Seussical crafts from Wishcraft Workshop.


YOGA for Special Parents and Caregivers

Yoga practice in community with others who can relate to what you are going through can offer not only respite and renewal, but perspective, allowing us to transcend the feelings that often cloud our ability to celebrate the talents and potential of our unique children. In this special yoga sangha (community), we will practice empowering and restorative asanas (physical poses) and pranayama (conscious breathing) to strengthen, support, and restore the body and mind. Parents will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A forum with Maria after class.

Nano Day

Greeting cards that sing, fabric that stretches, and thermometers that turn color owe their remarkable properties to this cutting-edge technology. Meet real scientists, learn about future applications, and delve into special hands-on projects as you discover how tiny size can make an enormous difference.


A Day at the Zoo

The program offers animal-themed songs from different musical periods, featuring the world premiere of “Two by Two” by Bob Applebaum. Other songs on the program include “The Cuckoo” by Benjamin Britten, the South African folk song “Unonkal”  (The Crab), “Warnung!” (Warning! The Scorpion) by Joseph Haydn, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Solomon Linda, “The Woodpecker” by Stephen Chatman, “Counterpoint of the Animals” by Adriano Banchieri, and more.


Bring Passover to Life!

Bring Passover to Life Experience Passover through your senses. Taste the nut-free Charoset Bar, hear the tunes and stories of Passover, touch hands-on crafts, try the 10 Plagues Relay Races or take a swim in the "Nile River."


Neighborhoods of the World

Navy Pier honors Chicago's ethnic neighborhoods and cultural diversity with this weekly performance series. Enjoy authentic live music, dance performances, cuisine and folk art from various ethnic Chicago communities.


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