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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Features more than 100 exhibits of family friendly products and services, costumed characters, inflatable rides, video games, face painting, a petting zoo, stage performances and much more.
Live event tour for kids and families that will feature performances by top Radio Disney artists, games, activities and a chance to vote via an interactive kiosk for RDMA winners. Features the Radio Disney Chicago Road Crew Show and performance by Before You Exit.
Produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this one-of-a-kind event is created specifically for parents, grandparents, childcare providers and caregivers and combines an in-depth education conference and an interactive expo floor to get up close and personal with the experts. www.healthychildren.org/expo
Spend the day getting up close and personal with some amazing and fascinating reptiles from all over the world. Visitors can meet over 150 animals including "Bubba" the famous American Alligator, the Wildlife Discovery Center's celebrated rattlesnake collection, lizards, snakes of all shapes and sizes, turtles, crocodilians, tortoises, frogs and much more. Visitors will also have the chance to talk with some of the Midwest's most knowledgeable reptile enthusiasts from the Herpetological Societies of Chicago, St. Louis and Madison; Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History; Cold Blooded Creatures; the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum; the Grove Nature Center and more. In addition to the many reptiles on display, there will be children's activities, kid-friendly tattoos, a Scout Patch challenge ($5 extra for the patch), a silent auction, food and refreshments.
Celebration concert for Band Together, a Chicago Kindie Sampler, featuring never-been-heard-before tracks by some of Chicago's leading children's musicians: Human Tim + Robot Tim, Istvan & His Imaginary Band, Jeanie B!, Little Miss Ann, Miss Jamie from the Farm, Mr. Dave, Poochamungus and Super Stolie. Hear them perform the songs live and get a free download of the album with your ticket purchase.
The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce's annual St. Patrick's
Day Parade features Bagpipers, local business entries, police and
fire, antique cars, Proviso Marching Band, Medinah Mini Choppers,
World Famous Lawn Rangers and more.
Farm is open weekends in March, April and May for holding the baby lambs, goats, chicks, piglet and feeding the calf. Watch the sheep shearing. Enjoy the farm experience. Don't forget your camera.
Chicago area babies compete in a series of exciting crawling contests. Each racer receives a complimentary goody bag, with the top three finishers also receiving trophies. Kids can enjoy fun-filled activities before, during and after the races, including coloring, hands-on crafts and giveaways. Also includes a diaper collection to benefit the Diaper Bank Partnership of Lake County.
Learn the time-honored method of collecting sap the old-fashioned way and try a maple treat.
Smarty Pants takes audiences to a circus made entirely of balloons. Witness the world's tiniest balloon clown as he tries to balance atop a half dozen balloons, meet Peanut, a shy but friendly balloon elephant, and see Smarty amaze the crowd with a never-seen-before balloon finale.
Will Dyspepsia, the green fairy, curse the innocent princess to sleep forever or will the bumbling good fairy Euphoria foil her evil plan? Michigan Puppeteer Rick Morse inspires laughter and learning through puppetry with this hilarious tale. After the show, young audience members will be invited to create their own puppet with assistance from the members of the Chicagoland Puppetry Guild.