6 September activities for toddlers in Chicago

Ah, September. Some welcome the changing seasons while others mourn the end of another great Chicago summer. But it’s hard to argue that the city isn’t absolutely spectacular in September — with it’s average high of 74 degrees and plenty of sunny days, this month is Chicago at its best.

But beyond the beauty of an Indian Summer, September means back to school we go — except for Chicago’s littlest citizens. Though they may have a few precious years yet until they’re heading to classes in the morning, Chicago still offers plenty of opportunities for learning, exploration and play for your toddler in September. 

Here’s a roundup of six great activities for toddlers this month.

Toddler Takeover at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Sept. 11-30; daily at various times

When the big kids go back to school, the Chicago Children’s Museum gives toddlers the run of the place. With a lineup of creative events like shaving cream painting, tiny tennis and household symphony play to stimulate your toddler’s mental and physical development, the only choice is which day to attend.

WiggleWorms at the Park at Wrigley

Sept. 5 and 19; 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m

Take your toddler to the Park at Wrigley to hear some free tunes from the Old School Town of Folk Music’s much-loved WiggleWorms. Featuring live music, shakers, bubbles and dancing: what toddler dreams are made of. 

Midnight Circus

Every weekend in September and October; Various Chicago Park locations

Though it’s called the Midnight Circus, this circus is actually perfectly timed for toddlers. A fundraising initiative for the Chicago Parks, the Midnight Circus draws raves every year for it’s family-friendly, interactive fun. Kids under 2 are free. 

Lincoln Park Zoo – Sing Along with Mr. Singer

Ongoing; Wednesdays and Fridays; 9:15 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Mr Singer promises a “joyful jamboree” of animal songs for kids 6 and under at the farm at Lincoln Park Zoo. Bring your toddler to dance, sing and even request their favorite song — and the zoo is always free!

Story Time at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Ongoing; Daily at 11 a.m.

Your little one can hear a hand-picked story at the Hands-On Habitat, created especially for the museum’s littlest visitors to experience animal’s homes. After the story is over, the fun continues with related activities and crafts. As a bonus, the museum is free for children under 3. 

Kevin Farris and The Infinite Possibilities at the Harold Washington Library

Saturday, Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Kevin Farris uses song and storytelling to create an interactive, creative live show for kids of all ages—but toddlers are sure to appreciate this special concert.

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