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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La Grange Endless Summerfest

Celebrate summer at its best with family fun, live music  and great entertainment for all ages. Includes rides, entertainment, food vendors, beer garden, music, and Sunday night fireworks.


Moonlight Canoe

Paddle by moonlight and enjoy an evening of canoeing and s’mores with the family. Each canoe must have at least one adult and will be provided with a lantern. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Maximum of three people per canoe.


Fiesta del Sol

Includes Aztec dancing, local art exhibit, craft workshop, a children's area with read-out-loud sessions, free books, games and educational activities, Civil Rights of Immigrants Booth, College Fair, live entertainment, Pilsen School Expo, indoor soccer tournaments, free health screenings and food vendor.


Family Day: Hair Fair

Join in a crazy outdoor Hair Fair with artist Mather Seerlo. The afternoon includes wacky hair-art projects, a barbershop quartet, and a hair-do contest.


The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

Go in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down flying owls, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you'd see in the Forbidden Forest, dragons that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, and eerie figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor.


Cooking With the Sun

Come out and discover how to harness the sun's energy to cook food. Participants will make their own pizza box solar cooker and taste treats that have been cooked using the sun's energy.


Lake County Fair

The 87th Annual Lake County Fair - “Summer’s Best Fest” features hi-powered motocross and demolition derbies, professional rodeo, daily entertainment stages, Camping World and County Fair traditions in the livestock barns & auction, horse show, carnival midway, petting zoo, diverse food treats and so much more.


Ya Gotta Regatta

Build your very own boat out of cardboard and duct tape, race it and let the best boat win.


Dog Days at Cantigny

Lots of special entertainment for all ages and their furry friends, plus vendor exhibits and sales.


Dive-In Theater at Mitchell Pool

Bring a raft, inner tube or noodle and watch a movie on a 18-foot screen from the water. Swimming and floating begins at 7:30 pm. The movie will be shown at dusk. The concession stand will be open.


Gettin' corny

Explore the many facets of of corn while manufacturing biodegradable plastic, inventing a popcorn topping, concocting a non-Newtonian fluid, witnessing ethanol explosions, sampling sugars, making a-maize-ing art, and taking part in corny math.


Secret of the Mummies

Help us prepare our simulated mummy for the afterlife, meet our real mummies, and discover tomb treasures.


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