Fun Things to Do with Kids in Chicagoland This Weekend

Find the latest family events and activities to make it an awesome weekend.

There is so much going on in the city and suburbs this February sure to keep you and your family busy.

With Black History Month happening this month, there are lots of events you can check out with your family. Be sure to go out and support Black-owned businesses in Chicagoland.

If you want to do something fun outdoors, try ice skating at these outdoor rinks. If you’re trying to stay warm, play indoor mini golf, go to an indoor nature center and check out these indoor water parks with your family.

Looking for more things to do with kids in Chicagoland? We’ve got you covered to make it a great weekend with kid-friendly events, what’s going around town and even at-home activities.

Note: We’re updating our website as quickly as we can, but changes may occur due to COVID-19. Please double check before heading out for the most updated information on safety precautions, vaccine requirements and any last-minute cancellations.


Photo credit: Harry Potter Magic at Play

The city and suburbs continue to offer excellent options for family-friendly events. We picked some of our favorites going on this weekend below. Find more events on our calendar.

Disney on Ice presents Frozen & Encanto at Allstate Arena 

Feb. 2-5, 2023

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

Japan Fest 2023 at Oak Park River Forest High School

Feb. 4, 2023

Experience Japanese culture through food, games, crafts, performances and other activities. The theme this year is “Holidays & Festivals.”

Las Wavys at Merle Reskin Theatre at DePaul University

Feb. 4-5, 2023

See a performance about four students from the South Side of Chicago band that together to become Las Wavys, crimefighters and DJ Superheroes.

Quilling Fun: Valentine’s Day Cards at West Lawn Branch 

Feb. 4, 2023

Ages 10-13 can join the library for quilling with paper to make flowers and other things in time for Valentine’s Day. Registration required.

Step Back into a 1950s Valentine’s Day at 1950s Park Forest House Museum at St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Feb. 4, 2023

See antique valentines on display and the classroom decorated for a 1950s Valentine’s Day party.

The Young People’s Theatre of Chicago Presents Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! at The Greenhouse Theater Center

Feb. 4-5, 2023

See the Young People’s Theatre of Chicago’s premiere performance of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, adapted from the book by Mo Willems.

Valentine’s Day Craft at Scottsdale Branch

Feb. 4, 2023

Ages 6-13 can head to Scottsdale Branch to create a special Valentine for someone you love. The projects vary in difficulty.

Valentine’s Greeting Cards at Roden Branch

Feb. 4, 2023

Teens can create unique Valentine’s Day greeting cards for their family and friends with instructor Barbara Pisciotto. All supplies provided.

Victorian Valentines at DuPage County Historical Museum 

Feb. 4, 2023

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

MYAC’s Chamber Music Soiree at Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia

Feb. 5, 2023

See MYAC students perform in their Sunday Chamber Music Soiree series at Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia.

The Negro Motorist Green Book at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Through April 23, 2023

This exhibit explains the history of “The Green Book” and includes artifacts from that time period such as images, business signs, postcards and other firsthand accounts.

Harry Potter: Magic at Play at Water Tower Place

Through May 14, 2023 (Thursdays-Mondays)

Enjoy the first-of-its-kind interactive experience, which allows fans of all ages to engage with the Wizarding World like never before. It’s 30,000 square feet of hands-on magical interactivity, including games, exploration, sensory activations and more that celebrate Harry’s own journey in discovering the wizarding world.

Around town

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Spend the weekend exploring Chicagoland with your family with these ideas. Find more things to do on our website.

At-home activities

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If your family wants to stay home this weekend, you can try the following activities with your kids.

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