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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Long Grove Strawberry Festival

Enjoy plenty of food, shopping, entertainment and strawberry-related activities. Plus, activities, kiddie rides, face painting, outdoor activities and tents of family and education-oriented products.


Stars under the Stars

Enjoy a movie and an overnight adventure with family. Don’t forget sleeping bags, pillows and flashlights. A special treat will be provided but bring a picnic dinner, drinks and snacks to enjoy during the film. Also, bring cans or non-perishable food items to donate to Northfield Township Food Pantry.


Logan Square Arts Festival

The inaugural Logan Square Arts Festival will feature art installations across the neighborhood, great local music, craft beer, food from neighborhood restaurants and family fun.


Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon

More than 5,000 volunteers join forces to make the city stronger and more vibrant. Serve-a-thon will kick off with a short opening rally in Daley Plaza. Then volunteers will disperse across Chicago to more than 30 locations, where they will give their time and talent to impact the community. Volunteers will then return to the plaza for a celebration and ceremony featuring top dignitaries. Register at


Pirate Adventure Island

Be among the first to experience the new Pirate Adventure Islanda massive interactive attraction. Discover a crystal cave, hidden sea creatures, and treasure island build spaces to create a Lego sandcastle or treasure map; construct a Lego pirate ship ready to set sail through  an aquatic obstacle course on a giant water table; set off air cannons to take enemy ships and fellow playmates by surprise; journey through imaginative senarios as you climb the rigging, walk the plank and capture the flag. Other weekend activites include: an attraction-wide treasure hunt, a pirate battle on Miniland Lake Michigan, creative challenges, and the chance to meet and take pictures with the center's new Lego pirate mascot. Plus dress like a pirate to receive a limited edition pirate Lego brick.



Dragon Boat Race for Literacy

Experience the excitement as teams compete in a fast-paced race on the south branch of the Chicago River in decorated dragon boats. n addition to the boat tournament, this year’s event will feature other on-land spectacles such as live musical and dance performances, booth vendors and special guest appearances. Proceeds are donated to promote literacy.


Centennial Nature Fest

Visitors can meet live native wildlife, participate in nature activities and meet scientists. Kids of all ages can track animals, orienteer, climb a tree and explore the plants and animals that grow, crawl, fly and swim in DuPage County’s forest preserves. Stations feature live bats, hawks, owls and falcons; monarch butterflies; animal tracking and identification; fly tying and information about prescription burns and fire prevention. A variety of food trucks will also be at the event.


Kids in the Courtyard - Free Children's Fair

Free children’s fair with music by Super Stolie, performance by the Hyde Park School of Dance, art activity with the Hyde Park Art Center, and free balloon animals and painted tattoos. Shops will provide free goodie bags while supplies last, and Toys et Cetera will provide free arts and crafts activities.


Pioneer Day

Discover how pioneers, like the Kennicott family who settled at The Grove, lived, worked and played. Costumed interpreters will take you and your family on a journey to the past. Expect hands-on activities like candle dipping, basket weaving and blacksmithing.


Cardboard Regatta

Annual event features The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta and Picnic in the Park at Lake Ellyn Park. Visit website for detailed schedule.


Fun & Fit Family Day

Enjoy a brisk run or walk around Old School Forest Preserve, then browse sponsor booths and join in the fun & fit activities for the whole family.


Touchdown Tailgate Party

Celebrate the new exhibit, “Pigskin Peanuts,” featuring the art and humor of Charles M. Schulz. Join in the frenetic football fun on the Elmhurst Historical Museum grounds with live music, comic strip craft activities, touchdown dance-off, football-themed inflatables, an appearance by Snoopy and more. Complimentary tailgate treats provided.


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