Fun things to do with kids this weekend in Chicago


Everything is better when you do it as a family, whether it's doing yoga, taking an art class or learning a little magic (accio, fun!). So rally your troops and head to one of these awesome weekend events, including a campout, tall ships and competing firefighters - or browse our full calendar to find dozens of other events throughout Chicago and the suburbs.

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Wildlife Campout

Bring your camping gear and sleep with your family under the stars. Enjoy fun, spooky stories by the fire; learn about owls and other animals; meet the center’s raptors; and hit the trails for a star-lit hike. Dinner and breakfast are included, and some tents are available for rent for an extra fee.


The Wizarding World of DCM

Be sorted into special museum houses and create magical masterpieces. Search for the golden snitch, Dobby’s sock, and other items from the Harry Potter universe hidden throughout the museum’s neighborhoods. Plus, explore the science of wizardry by attending a special “Potions Class” in the lab.


Fire Up A Cure

Nearly 25 teams of firefighters from across Illinois compete in a series of challenges such as a fire truck pull, hot wing eating contest, obstacle course, inflatable jousting, tug-of-war, and more to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer clinical trials and to help children battling the disease. Pediatric cancer patients serve as honorary coaches for each team. Families can also enjoy Irish dancers, raffles, a reptile show, face painting, arts & crafts, inflatable slides and attractions, a kids’ fire pole to slide down, real fire trucks to explore, split the pot and much more. Several food trucks, including Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café and Rainbow Cone, and vendors will also be available. Kids can also interact with numerous Star Wars characters throughout the day.


Weekend Parent & Little One Yoga Workshop

Bring your child (6 weeks through age 2) as you meet other new parents and enjoy a yoga practice with your child nearby. Build strength, increase flexibility, and promote stress relief with poses and breathing techniques designed to counteract the impact of carrying and caring for a child. Some poses will be done solo with your little one playing nearby, while others will incorporate your child in a fun and creative way. Class will begin with introductions of parents and children, followed by gentle warm-ups that will build into a more active practice. No previous yoga experience necessary.



A fun-filled, multi-arts experience that gives kids a chance to explore their own sense of inspiration when they work alongside professional artists. Kids express themselves through discoveries in music and dance and collaborate to create a piece of visual art. All supplies included. Reservations required.


Tall Ships Chicago

The festival kicks off with a Parade of Sail. Then, starting Thursday, ticketed guests have the opportunity to view, tour and even sail away on participating vessels.


Fiesta del Sol

Includes Aztec dancing, local art exhibit, craft workshop, a children's area with read-out-loud sessions, free books, games and educational activities, Civil Rights of Immigrants Booth, College Fair, live entertainment, Pilsen School Expo, indoor soccer tournaments, free health screenings and food vendor.


National Cheesecake Day

Enjoy a sample of a different flavor of cheesecake every hour. Enjoy free cheesecake games and activities like Cheesecake Bingo, Cheesecake Hula Hoop Contest and a Cheesecake Eating Contest (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Taste cheesecake samples all day. Meet and greet Eli’s Big Slice and purchase lunch on the grill.


Jeff Fest

The northwest side's cozy Jefferson Park neighborhood throws its annual community party with food, music, arts/crafts and activities for kids.


Pan-African Cultural Festival

A two-day celebration of the colorful and rich traditions of multiple African nations. Many forms of African art and culture will be represented, including native crafts, fine art, music, dance and culinary.


Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat crews are comprised of competitive teams around North America, as well as local corporate teams. The event multicultural performances, the Walgreens Health & Wellness Village, exhibitions, food vendors and a Kids Zone.


Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are In A Play”

Elephant Gerald and Piggie are the best of friends. Worrisome and careful Gerald wonders if something could go wrong that would end their friendship. But playful and spirited Piggie is not worried at all, especially when she receives an invitation to a party hosted by The Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. And so begins a day when anything is possible in an imaginative musical romp that playfully explores the importance and true meaning of friendship.


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