6 Labor Day Events for Chicago Families

Photos by Hillary Bird


Fill your days in the last fling of the summer with things to do at home or around the Chicago area. We’ve rounded up virtual and in-person Labor Day events that you can enjoy with your family. There’s more than what we’ve got here, check out our full calendar.




That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay


Hosted By: PlayMakers Laboratory


PlayMakers Laboratory is taking its signature revue online with That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay, featuring a creative line-up of stories written by elementary school students, adapted and performed by professional actors using virtual means. That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay will include stories from PML’s “Submit Your Story Challenge,” which encourages students from across the nation to submit stories from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Storybook Yoga: A Virtual Mini-Series for Kids


Hosted By: Buddha Belly Kids Yoga


Buddha Belly Kids Yoga is dedicated to nurturing kids’ innate desire for movement and play. Each class centers around a theme and is created with an educator’s touch. In storybook yoga, we flow through a sequence of fun and creative poses that embody the story; bringing literature to life. From here, the magic of yoga unfolds.


Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival


Hosted By: Fox Valley Folklore Society & The Geneva Park District


Music and storytellers will appear on three virtual “stages” throughout the weekend. Check the schedule for workshops and open mic opportunities.




Apsáalooke Women and Warriors


Where: Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago


Apsáalooke Women and Warriors (pronounced “Ahp-SAH-luh-guh”) explores the history, values, and beliefs of this Native American community known for their horsemanship, artistic pursuits, and matriarchal ways of life, including the tradition of “counting coup”—performing acts of bravery.


Dinos Everywhere!


Where: Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield


Dinos Everywhere features acres of earth shakers, including the largest—argentinosaurus—that was estimated to measure more than 100 feet in length and weigh up to 110 tons. Zoogoers will be able to search for these 45 amazing life-like animatronics that will be located throughout the park.


Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru


Where: DuPage County Fair, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton


Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru takes families on an interactive tour with 80 life-sized dinosaurs. While exploring the path, little paleontologists can also listen to an audio tour to learn more about the prehistoric creatures. The roaring experience will include a 40-foot Tyrannosaurus rex, 30-foot brachiosaurus, baby dinosaurs and more.


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This story originally published on Aug. 23, 2019. It has been updated with the most recent information. 


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