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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Brain Fair

More than a dozen exciting, interesting demonstrations and fun, hands-on activities that demonstrate how your brain works. Kids and parents learn together about brain research. Registration required at!2014-brain-awareness-fair/cbth.


Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)

A convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. The show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors, panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen.


Family Day/Open House

See wolves, a cougar, bear, groundhog, skunk and more, including growing tiger Shere Khan. Plus, food, drinks, gift shop, music, raffles and fun. Special guests: Area 51 Exotics Educational Animal Show. Season passes and adoptions available.


Chicago Toddler Expo

Each workshop provides interaction with a professional on the topic and the chance to connect with and learn from other parents. Confirmed workshops include: Positive Parenting, Potty Training, Toddler Sleep, Essential Building Blocks for Raising Confident & Empowered Kids, Getting Organized, Toddler Communications and more. Plus, interact with Toddler-Friendly Chicago businesses and service providers in the Expo area. If interested in on-site Kids & Company childcare please email Jackie Kardesh at


“No One Can Stop Me” Abilities Expo

Network with more than 50 organizations that support people with various disabilities and hear a presentation by a guest speaker. Plus, concessions and a raffle.


International Children's Day

The Turkish community hosts a festival to promote peace and friendship with traditional and modern music, dance, and arts. Includes dances and music from more than ten different cultures, performances in traditional costumes, informational booths, face painting, gifts and souvenirs, food and beverages. For more information,


Party for the Planet

This year, the focus is on endangered African painted dogs, which you can see at Habitat Africa! The Savannah. Engaging activities for the entire family include Zoo Chats, crafts, and an Eco Expo, where representatives from ecofriendly companies will share the latest developments and products in their fields. Throughout the day, the stage at the Bison Pavilion will host artists, including the band Green Thirteen, who deliver green messages through fun, interactive entertainment. You can also recycle your old electronics from noon-6 p.m. in the zoo's main parking lot.


Puppetry Time

Features a performance of "Finn Mc Cool" by local puppeteer Chris Krawczyk and a puppet market to take a new friend home.


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