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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Chicago Parent Playdate

Features activities such as Speed Pitch with the Schaumburg Boomers, Pop-A-Shot with the Chicago Sky, sports games, train rides, bounce houses, face painting and a bungee run like no other. The Playdate will have an entertainment stage supported by media partner 101.9 FM WTMX The Mix with kids’ performers Istvan & His Imaginary Band, Miss Jamie’s Farm, Rita Rose, Storytown Improv, Tunes & Balloons by Great Scott, Storybook Princess Parties, Mary Macaroni, The Storybook Mom, Light Opera Works, and Fairytale Theater by Golden Feather Productions. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit Bernie’s Book Bank of Lake Forest. Families who donate five used books for Bernie’s Book Bank will receive a special Chicago Parent backpack. Purchase tickets at


Once Upon a Symphony: Jack and the Beanstalk

Featuring musicians of the CSO, a storyteller and sets and costumes created by Chicago Children’s Theatre, this unforgettable version of the beloved fairy tale emphasizes Jack’s creativity and persistence, his love for his family and the importance of


Arbor Weekend Celebration

Plant tree seeds, investigate tree cookies and hunt for five unique trees hiding in the garden.


Ancient Earth Day

Learn how the ancient Mesopotamians cared for the earth and how they thought it was created. Learn their names for animals and nature gods, and create a model ancient Mesopotamian temple from recycled materials. Please bring your extra cardboard shoeboxes and paper towel rolls to help us with the project.


Tween Workshop: Color Craze

Investigate color and shape in modern and contemporary art as you explore the galleries with a teaching artist; then learn some optical tricks to create your own artwork in the studio.


Spiritual Playdate Meet-Up

Fosters dialogue for your children through a global interfaith program enabling adults & organizations to explore & discover beliefs about the topic of god, through web-based educational tools designed to build bridges of acceptance & understanding. RSVP at


Playdate at Old Town: Storytelling & West African Dance

Join Idy Ciss & Mary Peterson for playing a djembe, a dance, Senegalese stories, a circle, a folktale, a song, and a get-up-on-your-feet celebration of National Dance Week.


Family Day/Open House

Features 10 wolves, Siberian tiger, black bear, mountain lion and more. Plus, food, drinks, gift shop, music, raffles and fun. Special guest: SOAR (Save Our American Raptors). Season passes and adoptions available.


Flying 4 Kids

Park districts all over Illinois raise awareness for the Park District Youth License Plate program through kite flying. Enjoy a day of good old fashioned kite flying and picnic. Bring your favorite kite or come ready to build one on site with one of the kite making kits. Preregistration is recommended.


Family Sunday: My Family, My Neighborhood

Families will work together to create a work of art that celebrates family traditions.


International Migratory Bird Day

Fo on a Bird Behavior Scavenger Hunt, take the Great Migration Challenge, compete in Bird Bingo and Jeop-Birdy, and sign a Bird Action Pledge. Plus, look through spotting scopes, take short bird walks and receive prizes.


Magic of Rhythm: A Family-Friendly Concert

Percussionist-turned-wizard Michael Folker juxtaposes music with show-stopping magical illusions in this performance of the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players (cp2). Violinist Daniela Folker and percussionists Joel Cohen and Christopher Folker join him in combining melody, rhythm and exotic instruments from around the world in a one-of-a-kind afternoon the whole family can enjoy.


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