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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Naperville Last Fling

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


African Festival of the Arts

Festival highlighting African culture features dancing, music, art and entertainment. Visit website for detailed schedule.


Taste of Polonia

Features 4 stages of music (Polish, American, Dance and Club music), Polish cuisine and arts and craft. Plus, Kids' Stage and Kids' Inflatables Zone.


Country Fair

Delight in the sights and sounds of the world’s only kalliorgel, Professor Marvel’s Amazing Flea Circus, the Amazing Budabi Brothers and Dr. John Alexander MacRae’s Tent of Wonders. Test your skills and compete for prizes in the games tent, or have a souvenir portrait taken in period attire. In celebration of the Forest Preserve District’s centennial, this year’s “Country Fair” will also feature inventions and technologies from 1915, such as the telephone, phonograph, generator and electric light, and a women’s venue that explores women’s suffrage in Illinois and the role it played in establishing the county’s first forest preserves.


Fox Valley Irish Festival

Family activities include a petting zoo, moonjump, freckle contest , Irish Dancers, Ice Cream Eating Contest, food vendors (including Irish fare), Irish crafts, face painting and bag pipers. Plus live entertainment, Jameson tasting, Irish beer, bean bag games and more.


Frankfort Fall Festival

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


Mini Comic Con

Nearly two dozen comic book writers, artists, and publisher, along with apparel, toys, and collectibles vendors will fill the library with fun and excitement for the whole family. Plus, get your face painted, watch balloon twisting, learn how to make your own stuffed plush toys and more. Don't forget to dress as your favorite character for Mini Comic Con's costume contest.


Kite Festival

Features kite demonstrations with gigantic kites (weather-permitting), sponsor booths, and Firehouse Pizza & Grill and Dairy Queen available for purchase. Bring your own kite or buy one on-site. The first 500 kids  receive a free paper kite to color, assemble and fly.


Midnight Circus in the Parks

Circus In The Parks, featuring Chicago's Midnight Circus, a high-flying assortment of acrobats, aerialists, clowns, contortionists and even a dog tours Chicago parks under a little big top. To purchase tickets visit


Shofar Factory - A Rosh Hashana Educational Event

The Shofar Factory, a hands-on workshop, will help students learn about the significance and history of the Shofar, from the cleaning to the polishing. Attendees will actually get to fashion their very own Shofar out of a ram's horn, while learning the entire process.


Malott Japanese Garden Family Sunday

Enjoy hands-on activities related to Japanese gardens and culture, and make a take-home project. Different projects and activities are featured each week, including raking miniature dry gardens, trying chopsticks and practicing calligraphy. Sept. 6 and 20.


Garden Tea Party for Whole Kids Foundation

All are encouraged to don their fanciest dresses, ties, and hats for this family soiree! Each guest gets their own fancy brunch box with tea sandwiches, mini scones, and fresh fruits, along with tasty refreshments. Kids under three years will get a mini-box for a mini-brunch. Includes a photo booth station for you to take photos with the kids so they can remember the day. All proceeds benefit Whole Kids Foundation. Registration required.


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