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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Pivot Arts Festival

The ten-day Festival will feature live music, theater, dance, puppetry, discussions, wine tastings, workshops, children’s performances and more. This year’s theme, “Celebrate Community!,” is focused on bringing diverse neighbors together through the arts. The Festival will also include a first-time Community Parade on May 30. The festival will also include children’s performances by Circesteem, Lifeline Theatre, Merry Music Makers, Swift School, Storytown Improv and others.


Rails to Victory World War II Home Front Weekend

Experience a World War II military encampment, view period mock battles on the banks of the Fox River, and ride special trains that take you “behind the lines.” There’s a U.S. Home Front baseball game featuring the Rockford Peaches, made famous in the 1992 film “A League of Their Own.” A period bicycle ride is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the Fox River Trail bicycle path between the museum and the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve picnic grove; all period vintage bicycles are welcome, military and civilian. And a Showcase Battle is scheduled at 2 p.m. on museum grounds.


Family Day/Open House

Visit the animals, enjoy wildlife lectures and take a tour of the facility. Includes food, drinks, gift shop, music, and fun. See wolves, cougars, bears, coyotes, woodchucks, raccoons, skunks, porcupines and more. Special Guests at Noon: SOAR (Save Our American Raptors).


Kite Day

Bring your kites, demonstrate your flying abilities and get some high-flying tips. Competitions and awards for the biggest kite, smallest kite, most unusual kite and more. "Make Your Own Kite" kits are available for $2.


Circus in Progress: An Evening of Daring New Work 2015

Get a sneak peek at some of Chicago’s most exciting new works of circus art! This latest installation of our performance series focuses on the development of new acts. Professionals from the Chicagoland circus community will be featured as well as advanced students from The Actors Gymnasium’s own classes!


Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts

Event includes fine arts and fine crafts,  free kids' art activities, live music and food.


Naperville Park District Frontier Park Kite Festival

Enjoy gigantic kites, exciting demonstrations, stunts and hands-on activities. Plus live music, games and giveaways, and live performances by Neuqua Valley High School Steel Band, Andrew Huber and Élan Dance Company.


Everyone at Play

The Museum will be open exclusively for the use of families with children with special needs.


Explore the Forest: 100 Years and Growing!

Celebrate the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Climb a tree, touch a fish, check out restoration equipment, try archery and see the many ways to enjoy the Forest Preserves. Plus, special "Muddy Activities" at this Leave No Child Inside Event.


Jammin' at the J with Mr. Dave & Little Miss Ann

Two Chicago kids musicians, Mr. Dave and Little Miss Ann, team up to perform a live show. Purchase tickets at


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