Fun things to do with kids this weekend in Chicago


Looking for ways to spread the love this Valentine's weekend? Whether you swoon over frosty fun, sweet tunes or vehicles of every type, there's an activity this weekend for your family. Here are our favorite events in Chicago and the suburbs, guaranteed to give you all the heart eyes. If none of these fit your busy schedule, be sure to browse our full calendar to find dozens of other events near you.

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Downers Grove Ice Fest

Unique ice sculptures line the streets of downtown while visitors enjoy an array of events. Live ice carving demonstrations on Friday at 5:30 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plus, Pancake Breakfast, shopping and dining. Visit website for more details.


Monster Jam

Experience the energy and excitement with this showcase of endurance featuring the best lineup of Monster Jam trucks highlighted by more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies and more action. Fans will watch competition vehicles such as the Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs as they rip through the arenas during combative head-to-head racing action. Pit Passes are available for $10 at the Allstate Arena box office.


Progressive International Motorcycle Show

See sport bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, and more. The show features stunt shows, seminars, and family activities.


Sweets for Sweetie

The cafe will be transformed into a boutique with delicious items that are perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day. From 10a.m.-1 p.m., decorate heart shaped cookies, pretzel rods, marshmallows and more, plus craft your own beautiful Valentine card and packaging. Bakery goods and other sweet treats and items will be available for purchase. The Cafe will offer a breakfast buffet ($6.95 for adults, $3.95 for kids 2-10) in the morning and a kid-friendly lunch buffet ($9.95 for adults, $5.95 for kids) beginning at 11 a.m. The full lunch menu will also be available throughout the day.


Family Matinee: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Felix Mendelssohn takes us into the magical woods where a group of fairies hilariously fumble in their attempts to manipulate the lives of ordinary people. This program celebrates the legacy of William Shakespeare whose comedic masterpiece A Midsummer Night's Dream inspired Mendelssohn's music.


Play For All Adaptive Sports Event

Families are invited to enter Chicago Children’s Museum an hour before it is open to the general public to privately tour exhibits and participate in a variety of hands-on, interactive sports activities. Adaptive sport activities include: an interactive prosthetics display, bocce, goalball, roller sled hockey, cycling, judo, yoga, and a special youth performance.



Family Valentine's Concert

Laura Doherty returns to Chicago to perform a full-band family Valentine's concert.



Celebration of winter fun includes ice skating at the hockey-sized rink (bring skates or limited quantities available for use), kids’ arts and craft making, complimentary hot chocolate, and more. Plus, snow painting and a snow obstacle course.


Animal Enrichment Workshop

Adults and kids of all ages can make edible piñatas and other creative enrichment items for the zoo’s animals. Join the zoo in creating willow balls, wreaths, piñatas and other enticing items for the cats, gorillas or the rhinoceros. Once the enrichment is complete, head out to the zoo to see the animals pounce and play with their new items. Feb. 13, March 19, April 9, May 7-8.


Chicago Auto Show

The nation's largest and longest-running auto exposition showcases over 1,000 domestic and imported vehicles, auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars


FREEze Day

Features wintry fun for the whole family, including dog-sledding demonstrations from members and their four-legged friends of the Green Valley Dog Drivers. Members of the organization will engage guests in games and musher talks with their canine teams. Guests can also learn about some of the animals that don’t seem to mind the colder temperatures during special zoo chats. At Hamill Family Play Zoo, youngsters and their families can meet Nature Cat, a costumed character from WTTW’s new animated series that encourages children ages 3-8 to explore and develop connections with the natural world. Representatives from WTTW will be on hand at the event to engage kids in a variety of hands-on activities, including making bird feeders and playing tracking games. Other fun activities will feature mud play and creating Valentine’s Day cards for the animals.


Chocolate Sundae Sunday

Enjoy a sundae you design yourself, create special valentine crafts, and enjoy live music. Clifford, everyone's favorite Big Red Dog, will be stopping by.


President's Day Celebration

Discover the lives behind the legends of the American presidency through live music, family crafts and storytelling for kids. Includes a performance by the Chicago Brass Band and a production of Meeting the Lincolns by With Lincoln Productions.


Archery Tag

Try the hot new sport of archery tag on President’s Day. This program is entirely outdoors.


Family Presidents' Day Program

A fascinating one-woman show by Betty Kay. Through vivid storytelling and performance, Kay brings to life three women from Illinois during the Civil War era: a soldier, a battlefield nurse, and Julia Dent Grant, wife of the Union general and future president.


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