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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75th Anniversary Block Party BBQ Bash

Includes a bouncy house, a petting zoo, food trucks, a pig roast and performances by bands/DJs, art workshops, artist performances and an art sale. Plus, family-friendly art-making activities during the day and adult programs at night.

amily friendly art-making activities during the day, and fun opportunities for adults to discover their inner artists at night - See more at:
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interactive artist performances and workshops
nteractive artist performances and workshops
nteractive artist performances and workshops
nteractive artist performances and workshops

American Indian Center of Chicago Annual Powwow

See Native American culture come alive as hundreds of dancers from around the country come together to sing and dance. Enjoy Native foods and art in the marketplace and visit traditional villages and information booths. Watch dancers in their colorful regalia, and join in during intertribal songs. Sunday features a Hawaiian & Filipino Dance Exhibition.


Goodenow Grove Fall Fest

Includes pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, live music, a climbing wall, “America’s Children’s Museum on Wheels: StoryBus” and children’s activities. Guests can also spend time visiting the outdoor nature playscape and indoor exhibits.


Justin Roberts and the Not Ready For Naptime Players

Enjoy a kiddie concert, followed by playground games and a book signing for Justin's brand new book, "The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade."


Lakeview East Festival of the Arts

Showcases more than 150-juried artists featuring world-class original paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry and more. In addition to the artists' booths, the Festival features two live music tents and a beer and wine garden, a landscape garden oasis, interactive children's area, a mosaic mural making booth, live glass blowing and more. Plus, tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for kids 12 and under.


PJ Rocks Rosh Hashanah: a Family Concert Series

Celebrate the Jewish New Year at the Morton Arboretum. Features a kiddie concert with children’s recording artist Laura Doherty, arts and crafts, a Shofar workshop, scavenger hunt, snacks, and more. The event is presented in partnership with the Prairie Jewish Coalition, Congregation Beth Shalom of Naperville, Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County, and Pushing the Envelope Farm. Register online by September 10 at


Kraft Great Kids Concert

The Ruth Page Civic Ballet, the official youth performance company and an Artist In-Residence of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, performs as part of Ravinia’s “Kids Concerts” programming series.


Family Fun Fest

Join us for an afternoon of free family activities and musical entertainment that highlights Lincolnwood's Centennial Park and some of the many programs Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation has to offer, including kite decorating and flying, Zumba demos, Karate demos, Disc Golf and more.


Revolutionary War Reennactment

Soldiers will give history lessons on camp life, military artillery and war time in the 1700s. Hundreds of reenactors from the Northwest Territory Alliance will assemble on the battlefield twice a day, firing cannons and muskets.


Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade

Celebrate Mexican Independence in the vibrant Pilsen neighborhood.


Roald Dahl Birthday Party!

Celebrate this beloved author and the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with cake, Dahl-themed activities, Fantastic Mr. Fox face-painting, storytelling, and more - all hosted by Miss Mack


LEGO Star Wars Days

Explore the large-scale, interactive LEGO model display and help the Rebel Alliance destroy the Galactic Empire’s powerful Death Star. Experience the epic duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader and watch as the Millennium Falcon rises from the deserts of Tatooine. Discover the bustling city of Mos Eisley and take in the busy cantina. Explore the fortress-like depths of the mighty Death Star as it rises ominously above the dusty planet. Test your skills in the interactive model display to destroy the Imperial base or bring down the attacking X-Wings. Other intergalactic activities include: Build your own LEGO creation in Build and Test, meet members of the Star Wars 501st Legion, take photos with life-sized LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader and LEGO Star Wars R2-D2, win prizes and giveaways.


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