Best Things to Do with Kids in Chicagoland This February

Plan ahead! We've rounded up some of the best activities and events to do with kids in Chicago and suburbs this month.

Chicagoland in February is filled with celebrations for Black History Month and Lunar New Year. Additionally, the month is peppered with Valentine’s Day activities, perfect for those looking to celebrate love and friendship in special ways.

The season also brings classic winter fun, such as sledding down snowy hills and gliding on outdoor ice skating rinks. A mix of indoor and outdoor activities provide endless fun for kids of all ages.

Check out our list below of the best kid-friendly Chicagoland events in February. Don’t forget to check our our calendar for more family fun!

Best February Family Events in Chicago

Photo credit: Akilah Townsend, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

This month, many Chicago Public Libraries are celebrating Valentine’s Day and Black History Month. Don’t forget the big annual Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown. Find even more February events in Chicago on our calendar.

Lunar New Year Stories and Craft at South Shore Branch

Feb. 6, 2024

Ages 5-12 can join the library to celebrate the Year of the Dragon with stories and a craft for Lunar New Year.

Chicago Auto Show 2024 at McCormick Place

Feb. 10-19, 2024

Enjoy more than 1,000 domestic and imported vehicles, auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars. Kids will enjoy getting in the drivers seat of vehicles, racing simulator areas and more.

Check out our family guide to the Chicago Auto Show in 2024.

Winter Wonderland at Garfield Park Conservatory

Feb. 10 and 24, 2024

Enjoy the Winter Wonderland at Garfield Park Conservatory with fort building, whammy doodles, fairy furniture, s’mores and more.

African Dance at The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center

Feb. 16, 2024

Enjoy dance sessions with Najwa and performances at The DuSable Black History Museum for Black History Month.

The Diary of Anne Frank at The Greenhouse Theater Center

Begins Feb. 16, 2024

Ages 10-plus can see the Young People’s Theatre of Chicago’s new one-act adaptation based on Anne Frank’s diary entries. Also, view the lobby exhibit from the Anne Frank Center free of charge.

Polar Adventure Day at Big Marsh Park

Feb. 17, 2024

There will be tons of winter activities, including birds of prey, nature art activity, storytelling, guided winter hike, hot cocoa and more.

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

Feb. 18, 2024

The Lunar New Year Parade kicks off at 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue and heads north up Wentworth to Cermak Road. The parade features traditional dragon and lion dancing teams, marching bands, marching groups and colorful floats.

Black Creativity Career Showcase at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Feb. 24, 2024

In celebration of Black Creativity, kids of all ages can talk with Black artists, scientists and engineers about innovative work happening in Chicago. There will be demonstrations, hands-on activities and one-on-one conversations. While there, make sure to stop by the Black Creativity exhibit.

Check out our family guide to the Museum of Science and Industry. 

Family Event | Black History Month at Chicago History Museum

Feb. 24, 2024

Enjoy this family-friendly Black History Month event at Chicago History Museum. This year’s theme is African Americans and the arts.

Dog Man: The Musical at the Studebaker Theater

Through Feb. 25, 2024

This family-friendly musical is based on the bestselling Dog Man book series by Dav Pilkey. Dog Man is the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture.

Celebrate Black Joy with Nanny Nikki at Rogers Park Branch

Feb. 25, 2024

Ages 2-6 can join Nanny Nikki at Rogers Park Branch for a celebration of Black joy in honor of Black History Month. There will be singing, dancing, puppets and more. Registration required.

Best February Family Events in North/Northwest Suburbs

Photo credit: Imagine Exhibitions/Fever

This month, the new Titanic exhibit at Westfield Old Orchard opens and the Book Stall has some great story time events. Also, Disney on Ice is in town, as well! Find even more February events in the north/northwest suburbs on our calendar.

Disney on Ice Presents Magic in the Stars at Allstate Arena

Feb. 1-4, 2024

At this show, families can enjoy seeing Mirabel, her sisters Isabela and Luisa, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and more.

Check out our family guide to Disney on Ice.

Sunny Makes Her Case: An After-School Event with Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm at The Book Stall 

Feb. 6, 2024

Stop by to see graphic novelists Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm for an after-school discussion and book signing. For ages 8-12. Registration required.

Lego Ninjago Dragon’s Rising Event at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

Begins Feb. 9, 2024

The event includes limited edition dragon power pop badges and stickers, the baby dragon Riyu, an epic dance party and more.

Flower Pounding Valentine Cards at Emily Oaks Nature Center

Feb. 10, 2024

Families can learn the art of flower pounding to make beautiful Valentine’s Day cards using real flowers and rubber mallets to create unique designs. For ages 6-plus. Registration required.

Valentine’s Day Storytime & Craft at Palatine Library District – Main Library

Feb. 13, 2024

Ages 2-6 can enjoy a Valentine’s story time with songs, stories and a special craft. Registration required. The same event is also scheduled for a different time on Feb. 14.

Titanic: The Exhibition at Westfield Old Orchard

Opens Feb. 16, 2024

This immersive touring exhibition is a narrative journey that brings to light the fates of the passengers and crew aboard the sinking ship, Titanic.

Winter Chilly Fest at Emily Oaks Nature Center

Feb. 17-18, 2024

Families can enjoy some winter fun and a cozy indoor chili dinner. There will also be snowshoeing, hayrides, ice skating, campfire with roasted marshmallows and more.

Snowflake Snapshots at Wilmette Historical Museum

Feb. 20, 2024

Come to the museum for a reading of Jacqueline Briggs Martin’s book Snowflake Bentley, crafts and activities that explore early photography. RSVP recommended.

“I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli at Illinois Holocaust Museum

Through April 14, 2024

Learn about deli history with menus, advertisements, neon signs, photographs, uniforms and film and TV clips. There are also interactive and photo opportunities.

Best February Family Events in South Suburbs

Photo credit: iStock/Maryna Auramchuk

This month, the south suburbs has some great Valentine’s Day events for different ages. Find even more February events in the south suburbs on our calendar.

Victorian Valentine Tea at Senator John Humphrey House

Feb. 10, 2024

Ages 13-plus can celebrate Valentine’s Day by enjoying cookies and herbal teas. Attendees can also see 19th-century Valentines from the Village’s historic collection and make a Victorian Valentine. Registration required.

Valentines Craft with Recycled Items at Frankfort Public Library District

Feb. 13, 2024

Ages 8-12 can drop into Frankfort Public Library District to create Valentine’s Day crafts using recycled items.

Valentine’s Day Storytime at Fountaindale Public Library District

Feb. 14, 2024

All ages can come out to Fountaindale Public Library District to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special storytime.

Best February Family Events in Western Suburbs

Photo credit: Downtown Downers Grove

This month, the western suburbs have some really great winter festivals and Valentine’s Day events. Wonka fans will love the Wonka-themed events in downtown Glen Ellyn. Find even more February events in the western suburbs on our calendar.

Ice Festival Downtown Downers Grove

Feb. 2-4, 2024

  • Address: Downtown Downers Grove
  • Cost: Free

Enjoy nearly 60 pre-carved ice sculptures that will line the streets of Downtown Downers Grove. There will also be live carving demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday.

Victorian Valentines at DuPage County Historical Museum

Feb. 3 and 10, 2024

Create a Victorian style Valentine for someone special using feathers, beads and bits of fabric. Registration required. 

Winter Fest at Sunset Knoll Recreation Center

Feb. 3, 2024

Enjoy an indoor/outdoor winter fest with crafts, games, hot chocolate, ice carving, dog sledding, visits from special guests and more.

Wonka Walk in Downtown Glen Ellyn

Feb. 10-11, 2024

Address: Downtown Glen Ellyn

  • Cost: Free

Enjoy a Wonka-themed and fun-filled Valentine’s weekend in Downtown Glen Ellyn. Find the golden ticket to turn in for a scrumdiddlyumptious treat. Head to Glen Art Movie Theater to watch the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory movie.

Heart Puzzle Wreath at Geneva Public Library District 

Feb. 13, 2024

Families can come to the Geneva Public Library District to create a heart-shaped wreath with puzzle pieces and cardboard, while supplies last.

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