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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Remix Chicago

Art fair features juried art made from recycled and found materials and music, food and workshops/educational events for all ages.


Country Fair

Experience a re-created 1890s country fair for the whole family at this living-history farm. Take in entertainment like a flea circus and an acrobatic performance. Join in games, hop on a horse-drawn hayride and more.


Alley Art Festival

Local artists converge on Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora and engage passerby with their art, craft, talent and more. Over 60 artists display their wares, food is available for purchase, free yoga and hula hoop demonstrations, lots of family-friendly activities and live music.


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 guest: Jim Nesci's Cold-Blooded Creatures. Season passes and adoptions available.


Mousetrap Machine Science Show

In this science themed stage show, Smarty Pants transforms his award winning balloons into working levers, wheels, pulleys, inclined planes and screws. By the end of the show, all five balloon machines combine into the incredible Mousetrap Machine to catch a runaway mouse.



In August, follow a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Low-impact hikes suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs take place on Aug. 3. Each performance lasts approximately three hours. Wear comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent.


Taste of Polonia

Features four stages of music (Polish, American, Dance and Club music), Polish cuisine, arts and crafts, game arcades, and a Kid's World featuring activities and entertainment.


Frankfort Fall Festival

Featuring artisans, live entertainment, carnival and a parade on Sunday at 1 p.m. Check website for detailed schedule.


Cirque Shanghai

Cirque Shanghai returns this summer to Chicago’s Navy Pier with a brand new show, “Cirque Shanghai: Warriors.” Performances begin Wednesday, May 21 and run through Monday, Sept. 1 at the Pepsi Skyline Stage, a 1,500-seat, canopied, open-air theater on Navy Pier. Tickets go on sale May 2, 2014.


Irish Days

Features live entertainment, competitions for Best in Show Irish Dogs and Best Lookin’ Men’s Legs in a Kilt, Irish food, Sunday morning mass and arts and crafts, face painting, tattoos and a village-wide Leprechaun Hunt for the wee ones.


Naperville Last Fling

Enjoy entertainment (free and ticketed), carnival, unique contests and a Family Fun Land with pony rides, petting zoo, Bounce Town, family stage, crafts, food and beverages, Radio Disney, and a family-focused business expo. Proceeds are given to nonprofit organizations throughout DuPage County.


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