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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Halloween Boo Bash

Little ghosts and goblins are invited to come early to trick-or-treat at participating retailers and then join in the fun later with kids of all ages at the costume contest and Boo Bash Dance Party with a DJ and dancers.


Halloween Happenings

Enjoy the interactive DJ who will be playing Halloween themed games with the audience such as the Mummy Wrap and classics like the Limbo, Freeze Dance and a Hula Hoop Contest. Plus, try the Wheel of Witches, Pumpkin Pick & Paint, help color the giant mural and join the costume parade at 7:30 p.m.




Tales from the Tram

Board the Acorn Express for an evening of spooky storytelling. This Halloween, glide through the woods of The Morton Arboretum after dark, hear bone-chilling tales and listen for creatures of the night.


Buena Park Pumpkins

A night of safe trick-or-treating. Buena Circle Park is operation central, and from there trick-or-treaters head north and south on Kenmore to gather goodies from welcoming residents.


Family and Friends

Three delightful short films about best buddies, friendship, and adventure will be screened by the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Award-winning storyteller and children’s author Carmen Deedy will share humorous and captivating stories.  Arts and crafts workshops, theater workshops and, just in time for the Halloween season, Day of the Dead art workshops with the National Museum of Mexican Art will guide participants in decorating traditional sugar skulls.


Native American Day

Play traditional Native American games and listen to stories in a reproduction wigwam. View atlatl throwing and fire-making demonstrations.


Tiny Great Performance: Little Miss Ann

Little Miss Ann is a local folk rock legend for children in the Chicago area. Her songs and style will get the audience up and dancing.


Young Playwright's Contest

Do you want to help create new theatre? Li'l Buds Theatre will present the first annual young playwright's Contest using 4 to 5 minute plays written by second grade students at The Frances Xavier Warde School which will be performed by professional actors.  The audience that night will get to vote and give suggestion on how to expand the winning play. That play will then be performed as part of our 2016 season.


From Hog House to Smokehouse

See how 19th century farm families preserved meat and other food for the long winter. Featuring authentic demonstrations, craft activities, wagon rides and refreshments.


Smashing Pumpkins

Unwanted pumpkins become parking lot projectiles when flung from a giant trebuchet. Bring your used pumpkin, create a catapult, and learn how to lob.



Pumpkin Drop

Come watch us roll pumpkins down the sled hill to see how fast they go, smash them into compost, and more. Plus, kids pre-registered by October 26 will be entered into a drawing to get their pumpkin launched by “Big Red,” a catapult launching from high atop the sled hill. Then, learn how those pumpkins get a "second life" when used for compost.


Monica + Andy Fall Fashion Event

Includes a live “Daddy and me”  children's fashion show (the dads will be dressed by Bonobos), healthy snacks from Whole Foods and fresh juices from Owen+Alchemy, kid play stations, music by DJ Matt Roan, and access to the museum.


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