Fun things to do with kids this weekend in Chicago(land)


If your New Year's Resolution was to try something new as a family, this weekend might be your big chance. Help prepare a mummy for the afterlife, meet a Siberian husky, become an inventor, or dip your toe into some Shakespeare. Our full calendar has all kinds of kid-friendly activities happening throughout Chicago and the suburbs, and we guarantee you'll find at least one thing that would take you outside your familial comfort zone.

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Little Sweethearts Family Dance

Tickets include dancing with music and a DJ, Randy the Magician, a souvenir photo, make-your-own boutonnieres and corsages, meet-and-greets with characters and a surprise gift for kids. All 16 indoor exhibits and Cosi Cafe will be open.


Polar Adventure Days

Explore Northerly Island and come face-to-face with live animals, engage in winter activities, and create nature-inspired crafts. Events take place both outdoors and inside of the Visitor Center. Tour the Northerly Island Natural Area; see Siberian huskies, wolves and other live animals; encounter birds of prey from Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation; explore the island on snowshoes (if there's snow); enjoy a treat and sip hot cocoa. Dec. 10; Jan. 21; Feb. 25.


The Lightning Thief

Theatreworks USA brings one of Kid Lit’s most beloved characters to life with a thrilling quest that sees Percy traverse the perils of Olympus, solve riddles of the gods, and come to terms with the father who abandoned him. Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Features a post-show meet and greet with the cast and books available for purchase in the lobby


Trolls Night

Come in costume and enjoy a number of family-friendly activities in the Visitors Center. The Trolls movie will be airing in the theater.


Secret of the Mummies

Help us prepare a simulated mummy for the afterlife, and go on a mummy scavenger hunt and tour.


Sap's Rising

Walk in the sugar maple forest as winter comes to an end to learn about the sweet history of maple syrup making.


Family Workshop: Hide and Seek

Discover artworks that have been through some major changes. From sculptures with missing noses to mysterious figures discovered under layers of paint, there is so much to learn from what we cannot see. Explore unseen details with a teaching artist in the galleries, then head to the studio to reimagine what these artworks would look like with their secrets exposed.


Once Upon a Symphony The Three Little Pigs

Features small ensemble performances by members of the CSO accompanied by vivid storytelling, sets, costumes and images. Three pigs build houses of straw, wood, and brick. Meanwhile, a hungry wolf threatens to blow down each of the pigs’ houses. The wolf’s plan would have succeeded, if it were not for the courageous thinking of the third pig. This story emphasizes the importance of caring for others, particularly in the face of challenging circumstances.



Da Vinci Inventor Fair

Create your own invention or try to recreate one of Da Vinci’s famous works – then test your creations in “Invention Challenges.”


Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet

This 75-minute adaptation, told in Shakespeare's own words, speaks to today's youth about their own lives. After the performance, audiences are welcome to join the cast for a post-show discussion.



Wild Fest

Experience wildlife with Big Run Wolf Ranch, Jim Nesci's Cold-Blooded Creatures, Save Our American Raptors, Incredible Bats, Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, K-9 Guardian Dog Demonstration and Fox Valley Wildlife Center. Concessions available for purchase.


Underground Railroad Hike

Learn about Black History Month with an educational display and interactive history hike. An imaginary journey follows an Underground Railroad route used in Illinois in the mid-1800s.


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