Hot Happenings

Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play!
Emerald City at Apollo Theater
Through May 16
Favorite characters from Mo Willems’ beloved Elephant and Piggie series take the stage for this vaudevillian romp of a musical. Read more

Art Institute of Chicago
Through June 6
Ice skate at the rink at the scenic Farm-in-the-Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo, where you can skate outdoors then warm up in the Main Barn. Skates available to rent. Read more

The Selfish Giant
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
Through March 1
After the Selfish Giant locks the children out, a garden is plunged into an eternal winter... until the children sneak back in. Read more

Features & Guides

Indoor Water Parks

Museum Free Days

Play Cafes

Children's Theater

Hot Topics: From the Blog
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March 02, 2015
2015 Chicago Area Spring Break Camps
Find a great spring break camp where your kids can have fun with art, science, theater, sports and more.
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February 18, 2015
Robot and Science Birthday Parties
We've got a hot list of the best robotic and science birthday parties in the Chicagoland area, either in your home or on-site.
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January 08, 2015
Fun Things to do in Sub Zero Temps
Here are a few fun things to try when the temperatures dip below zero.
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January 08, 2015
Indoor Play Cafes and Play Spaces
These play cafes and spaces offer little ones a great atmosphere to expore while moms can sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee or snack.
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January 05, 2015
Chicago Area Sledding
The snow is starting to fall and it's time to get out the sleds! Find a place to go sledding in the Chicago area.
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December 03, 2014
Best Family Friendly Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks
See our picks for the best local, family friendly outdoor ice skating rinks.
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October 02, 2014
2014-2015 Children's Theater Season
See our picks for the top family friendly plays taking place this Fall.
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July 23, 2014
Family Friendly Weekend Getaways Near Chicago
Find a destination for a weekend getaway with kids that's driving distance from Chicago.
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Children's Theater Guide Children's Theater Guide
Local theater productions for kids
There are many Chicago children's theater productions that are perfect for kids and their families. Check out our Chicago children's theater listings page for info on current and upcoming shows.

Party Planning Chicago Children's Party Guide
A guide to children's party resources, locations and supplies
Planning a child's birthday party can be a major event - make sure it doesn't become a major headache! Use our party guide to find all of your party needs, including entertainers, venues, supplies and more.

What's Hot What's Hot
Our monthly picks for fun family events
Get the scoop on the hottest Chicago family and children's events and activities! We're highlighting fun events every month so that you can keep up with the best family activities that Chicago has to offer.

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Chicago Family Resources
Our resource guide is packed with information on the best Chicago kids shopping and services, classes and activities, children's parties, camps and more. We've compiled some great resources, including family and children's guides to Chicago and Chicago party planning information.

  Today's Events
Duck, Duck, Goose Lakeview Nature Center
Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze Museum of Science and Industry
Ice Skating at Old Orchard Ice Rink at Old Orchard
Planet Explorers Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum