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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International Kennel Club Cluster of Dog Shows

One of the largest all-breed benched dog shows in the country that draws the top dogs from across the United States and Canada to compete for prizes and the coveted title of "Best in Show." Plus dog fashion shows, meet the breeds, pet the dogs and Kid Zone.


Jungle Jam

Gather the family for a day at the jungle while raising funding for the JLC. Enjoy jungle-themed carnival games and crafts, fun activity stations, delicious snacks, a raffle and more. Check out the main stage featuring Dave DiNasso’s live hands-on animal show featuring reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Jungle-themed or animal print attire is welcome.


The People Could Fly and Other Tales of Freedom

This musical journey explores the perils of bondage in the antebellum South and emotional themes of escape and freedom, yet unfolds in a way that makes the play compelling and accessible to even the youngest audiences.


Celebration of Winter

Enjoy cross country skiing, snow hayrides, making S’mores with the family, snowman building, and food and drink specials throughout the event. Some activities are weather dependent.


Japan Fest

Stage performances include Japanese drums by Tsukasa Taiko, traditional dance by Fujima Ryu Dance Studio and Aikido demonstrations and more. Activtiy stations are set up for guests to enjoy Japanese culture. Try putting on a kimono, face painting, sumo wrestling, origami, calligraphy, practice using chopsticks, making various crafts, play with Japanese toys and games, Dance Dance Revolution, mini language and culture lessons and learn proper table manners.


Fancy Nancy: The Musical

From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly shoes, Nancy's ready to take the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that's a fancy word for star of the show), Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can she still bring fancy flair to her role when it isn't the one she wanted? Runs Jan. 31-May 17.


Family Day/Open House: Groundhog Day

Come celebrate Groundhog Day with Hal. The Z Team will present dogsledding demonstrations. Plus, hot food, hot chocolate, bonfire, raffles and music.


Weekend Family Class: Winter Explorers

Plants and animals can survive outside, even in the cold winter. Explore how evergreens thrive in the cold, search for animal tracks and make a snow catcher to use at home. Dress for the weather.


Chocolate Expo and Market

Celebrate chocolate and its connection to the natural world. Visit, taste, and buy specialty chocolates and treats from a variety of vendors.


Laurie Berkner Solo! The "Rock Till You Drop" Tour with Special Guest Susie Lampert

Best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner brings her Rock Till You Drop Tour to Chicago, showcasing songs from her new album, plus  other fan favorites. Kids should bring their dancing shoes and a stuffed animal (for their heads). The show will also include quieter interludes, with songs from Laurie Berkner Lullabies.


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