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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Chicago Parent Playdate

Get valuable information from Chicago schools, healthcare professionals, camps and more, and activities, information and fun in the Hey Baby room. Plus enjoy rides, games, and arts and crafts, and entertainment from Mary Macaroni, Miss Jamie’s Farm, Twisticity, Storytown Improv, Storybook Princesses, Medieval Times, Bubbles Academy and more. A portion of the playdate proceeds benefit the Jackson Chance Foundation.


Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

The autumnal festival feature a corn maze, hay mountain, a giant 60 ft. burlap sack slide on the zoo’s Main Mall and hay wagon rides throughout Farm-in-the-Zoo. Plus, a pumpkin carver, Ferris wheel, inflatable courses and rides, educational activities and live entertainment. Pumpkins will be available for sale at the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo pumpkin patch daily throughout October.


Ghost Stories in the Park . . . In the Dark!

Enjoy an evening of scary stories that will send shivers up your spine. This is an outdoor event; dress warmly and bring blankets and cushions. Tickets are available online beginning Sept. 8. They also may be purchased at the Park District Administration Building or at the door on a cash-only, limited seating basis. No refunds.


Build Your Own Scarecrow

Families can bring some old clothes to build a scarecrow. Straw, pumpkinhead and help putting the scarecrow together provided.


Family Day: Rainbow Faces

Face paintings and colorful self portraits inspired by works by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, and Max Pechstein. All materials provided.


Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Enjoy all things apple from pies to pizzas, apple themed games for kids in the Kids Zone.



Day includes food (Pig Roast for adults and a hot dog meal for kids), live music, hayrides, face painting, bounce house, apple launching, petting zoo and kids crafts. Pumpkins will be for sale at the pumpkin patch. And don't forget to get a photo at our photo booth. Also features music by The Naturals. Bring your own chair or blanket.


Changing of the Leaves Fall Festival

Includes fall color hikes, children's crafts, games and fun family activities. Roast marshmallows and enjoy hot chocolate around a campfire.


Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans

"A Ragtime Romp of a Musical" Beloved Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie venture through the tuneful streets of 1915 New Orleans, where they discover 14-year-old Louis Armstrong and must set him on the trumpeting path to become the "King of Jazz." This triumphant tale explores a world where possibilities are endless and stirs the soul of the Jazz Age.


Beverly Art Walk

Features works by 155 area artists and artisans displayed in over 50 businesses and organizations across the neighborhood. Also includes artist studio tours, live music, dance, puppetry, art demonstrations, children’s activities, food trucks, an artisan craft fair and the live creation of public art. Free trolleys will be available to guide visitors.


Harvest Festival

Decorate a pumpkin, play carnival games, compete in a sack race, and get your face painted all while enjoying the crisp fall air and the sounds of a live bluegrass band.


Blue Man Group Autism-Friendly Performance

Blue Man Group and Autism Speaks are partnering to provide individuals with autism a slightly modified performance of the Blue Man Group. Minor changes will be made to the performance including the reduction of sound levels at select moments during the performance. Headphones also will be available upon request. In addition, Blue Man Group will also be creating a calming environment in the lobby with bean bags, dim lights and quiet corners for anyone seeking a sensory break from the high-energy fun of the show.


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