Hot Happenings

Tubing at Polar Peak
MB Financial Park
Through March 1
The four-story Polar Peak is a tubing thrill ride with a 260-foot run, featuring a steep grade for older kids and a less steep lane for younger children. Read more

Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo
Farm-in-the-Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo
Through February
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

Stage 773
Saturday Mornings
Open run Saturday mornings. Storytown is an interactive arts experience for children where every show is completely unique, with stories created based on their suggestions. Read more

'Science detective' kids TV show jets off
to city museums

Chicagoland kids are invited to tag along on fast-paced adventures across Chicago with two funny and entertaining “kid detectives!” “Moochie Kalala Detectives Club” airs on WTTW Channel 11, and inspires kids to discover science! Each episode stars a new Chicago museum and its scientist. Watch now for free!

Features & Guides

Indoor Water Parks

Museum Free Days

Play Cafes

Children's Theater

Hot Topics: From the Blog
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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.

Resource Guide Resource Guide
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
Move It! Chicago Children's Museum
Evolving Planet The Field Museum of Natural History
Polar Play Zone John G. Shedd Aquarium
Kids Craft Mornings Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Planet Explorers Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum