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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Square Roots Festival

More than 70 acts including music, dance parties, jams and family activities. Features the best local and regional craft breweries and Lincoln Square restaurants.


Family Fun Night

A fun-filled family evening of rides, games, and more. At Dusk, watch a movie on an outdoor screen. Don’t forget to bring blankets, picnic baskets and lawn chairs. July 10: Back to the Future II; Aug. 7: A Bug's Life; Sept. 11: Babe.


The Irish American Heritage Festival

This annual family event features more than 100 performers for 3 days. Plus, Irish and American food and drink, shopping, step dancers, cultural exhibits, children's activities, a raffle with a trip to Ireland, the Mashed Potato Eating Contest and Sham-ROCK Stars singing contest for kids.


Roscoe Village Burger Fest

The savory patty and a rockin' music lineup are in the spotlight for Roscoe Village's 6 burger bash. In addition to food and music, arts/crafts and a "Kids' Zone" for children and families are on the weekend's menu.


Old Settler’s Picnic

Enjoy a traditional 19th century farm picnic with costumed interpreters, games, music, food, and more.


Family Day: Fancy Footwear

Design high-flying winged shoes and flippy-floppy foam sandals. Plus, make toe paintings.


Astronomy Day

Ask astronomers about their research and learn how to cook up your very own comet.


Kid Fest

The fest-within-West Fest runs on Saturday and Sunday and features many activities including train rides, bouncy houses, bean bag toss, ring toss, balloon darts, football toss, bottle toss, photo booth and an obstacle course. The Kid Fest Stage is booked by the Beat Kitchen and features a family-friendly lineup from Mary Macaroni to the Environmental Encroachment Marching Band. 100% of proceeds benefit Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy.


Family Yoga with Live Music by Justin Roberts

This fun and interactive workshop invites families to share in the joy of playful yoga poses accompanied by beautiful, original music designed just for kids. Celebrated children’s musician Justin Roberts will play guitar and sing beautiful songs as kids, parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles practice creative yoga poses that can be done together or alone. Register at or call our front desk at 773-463-YOGA (9642)



Junior Tour de Naperville

Ride bikes, tricycles and big wheels on a path that is 1.246 miles long. Parents can walk or ride along with their younger children; older children can see how many times they can go around the path. Each child registered receives a yellow T-shirt and there will “SAG" stops (support and gear) for snacks and drinks.


Civil War Days

See large scale battle reenactments, explore camps and shops and meet various characters.


Model Sailboat Sunday

Watch model sailboats race across the North Lake. Demonstrations are organized by the Chicago Radio Controlled Yacht Club and held at the Waterside Terrace on the Esplanade. Visitors can learn about building and operating model sailboats and joining the sailing Club. Club members are available to answer questions about sailboats, races and regattas.


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