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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Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Enjoy all things apple from pies to pizzas, apple themed games for kids and more.  Start the morning off during family yoga led by Bloom Yoga Studio. Dress up your furry friend for a parade and be entered to win prizes during Urban Pooch’s 4th annual pooch costume contest.


Illinois Tollway’s Annual Family Safety Fair

Kids have fun with traveling exhibits provided by DuPage Children's Museum, and participate in activities like K-9 demonstrations and coloring stations, while they learn about important safety topics including fire safety, disaster preparedness, bicycle safety, and pet safety. Child safety seat inspections, seat belt safety, and impaired driving demonstrations will also be provided free of cost.


South Side Preschool and Elementary School Fair

Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) and Hyde Park Neighborhood Club present a fair to provide families in and around Chicago's South Side with access to public and private school options. Meet representatives from numerous schools, as well as enrichment programs and family-friendly businesses from all across the city.

Honey Bee Days

September is National Honey Month. Celebrate at The Morton Arboretum's annual Honey Bee Days. Explore the Honey Bee Expo, featuring honey and bee-themed products such as honey mead, candles, lotions and beekeeper kits.


Native American Pow Wow

Experience Native American dancing, cultural demonstrations, birds of prey exhibit, children's games and crafts, special presentations and more. Grand entries at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.


Design Harvest Festival

Features contemporary and sustainable design, original live music, unique vendors, hay rides, and more. Family activities include a hay maze, face painting, scarecrow making, petting zoo (noon-4 p.m.) and more.


Bingo's Birthday

Kids are invited to Bingo the dog's birthday, but no one can find Bingo. An interactive performance just for the very young. Performances run Sept. 20-Jan. 4.


Homewood Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off

Features live entertainment for children and adults, horse-drawn wagon rides, the annual bean bag tournament, pony rides, games, art and craft vendors, a pumpkin patch and food from local eateries. Closing the evening is a free showing of The LEGO Movie.


Free Family Workshop: The Season for Seeds

Use your imagination and move through the world as a seed would, flying on the breeze, dropping into the soil and sprouting with leaves toward the sun. Discover the many different shapes and varieties of seeds, help collect and save seeds from the Lurie Garden and create colorful seed packets to take home to your own garden.


Shofar Factory - A Rosh Hashana Educational Event

The Shofar Factory, a hands-on workshop, will help students learn about the significance and history of the Shofar, from the cleaning to the polishing. Attendees will actually get to fashion their very own Shofar out of a ram's horn, while learning the entire process.


The Caboose Train

Repairs are complete to the museum’s former CTA freight locomotive, the only one anywhere that operates. Take a ride with the conductor in the big red Illinois Central caboose or up front with the motorman on the museum’s demonstration freight train.


Harvest Hoedown at Riverview

An afternoon hoedown with music and square dancing. Kids take part in farm chore obstacle courses and potato sack races. Take a wagon ride, see some old-time tractors, pet farm animals and check out the craft vendors.


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