Daily Picks of Kids’ Activities for Chicago Families: Aug. 31-Sept. 4

For the past few months, we’ve provided families a weekly list of “daily picks” filled with virtual eventsindoor activities and other fun things to do with your kids while staying safe. Now that most kids are heading back to school (whether in person or remotely), we’re going to hit pause on our Daily Picks.

Don’t worry — we’ll be sharing more ideas on fun things to do with kids on ChicagoParent.com such as:

Monday, Aug. 31

Virtual Events

Find more virtual events happening on Monday here

Activities
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  • Shedd Aquarium has announced a new, limited time Virtual Sea Lion Encounter to come face-to-face with one of its four rescued California sea lions. The experience is $59.95 for non-member and $54.95 for members. 
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Tuesday, Sept. 1

Virtual Events

Find more virtual events happening on Tuesday here

Activities
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  • Local musician Nanny Nikki is offering a variety of playdate and party packages to entertain your kiddos at home. Virtual options are available, too. 
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Wednesday, Sept. 2

Virtual Events

Find more virtual events happening on Wednesday here

Activities
  • Watch Back to the Future. The trilogy is currently streaming on Netflix. After you’re done watching the first movie, try these screen-free activities
  • Explore a new neighborhood. From Hyde Park to Schaumburg, we have plenty of family neighborhood guides to explore a new place in Chicago. Note: Some places mentioned in these guides may be closed or include safety restrictions due to COVID-19. 
  • Try something new with your tweens and teens. Do they need a break from e-learning? Consider these at-home activities that they’ll love. 
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  • Luft Balloons’ new “Back to… School?” indoor balloon installation, perfect for a back-to-school gift or decoration to feature during upcoming virtual Zoom lessons, includes a variety of colorful, exciting balloons in a variety of styles. Available for $89.
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Thursday, Sept. 3

Virtual Events

Find more virtual events happening on Thursday here

Activities
  • Explore a cave. Some of these Midwest caves are open, or you can save them for a future family trip. 
  • Play a classic game. Introduce your kids to one of your favorite childhood games like Operation or Jenga. 
  • Pair a craft with a book. Local mom Lanée (@mama.and.og on Instagram) shares this fun craft to recreate Michelle Obama’s gown featured in the children’s book, Parker Looks Up.
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  • Need a date night idea? Head to these local restaurants and bars that offer cocktails to go
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Friday, Sept. 4

Virtual Events

Find more virtual events happening on Friday here

Activities
  • Make some snacks. Skip the trip to the grocery store and make these healthy snack recipes instead. 
  • Go on a bike ride. There are great biking trails in and around Chicago to take in the beauty of nature. 
  • Take back-to-school photos. Whether your kids are going back to school or staying home, add their first day of school photos to our gallery.
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  • While DuSable Museum of African American History is temporarily closed, there are still plenty of ways to support the museum online.
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Weekend Picks: Sept. 5-7

Looking for more fun things to do at home with your kids this weekend? Updated on Mondays, we have plenty of ideas over on our Weekend Picks


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