Hot Happenings

Scarecrow Trail
Morton Arboretum
Daily in October
See the world through a kaleidoscope of brilliantly-colored trees and admire nature-themed scarecrows showcased around Meadow Lake. Read more

Chicago International Children's Film Festival
Facets Multi-Media and other locations
October 24 - November 2
The Festival features 250 of the best new films for ages 2-18 from around the world. Read more

Pumpkin Fest 2014
Siegel's Cottonwood Farm
Through October 31
The fun includes a barnyard playland, Veggieland, Fort Cottonwood, hayrack rides, pony rides, a pumpkin mine kiddie train, ghost town rail road, Gem Mining, Climbing Wall, Spooky Spiral and more. Read more

Spotlight Activity
Dreamers Wanted: Winter Camps & Classes at Second City Enrolling Now!

Kids ages 4 and up are welcome to join our cast with camps and classes in Improv, Acting on Stage and Film, Clowning, Writing, Music and more! Let their imaginations run wild while they learn how to work in an ensemble, communicate ideas, gain confidence around like-minded friends and bond while playing group games and exercises. Find out more or register by calling 312.664.3959.
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Features & Guides

Indoor Water Parks

Museum Free Days

Play Cafes

Children's Theater

Hot Topics: From the Blog
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October 22, 2014
Best End of October Halloween Events for Kids
Our picks for the best Halloween events taking place in the last days leading up to Halloween.
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October 13, 2014
Not-So-Spooky Haunted Houses
Kids of all ages can enjoy these haunted houses when they turn on the lights and turn down the scare.
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October 09, 2014
Weekend Guide - October 10-12
Highlights of this weekend's family-friendly events taking place in Chicago and the suburbs.
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October 03, 2014
Chicago Area Pumpkin Patches
Find your perfect pumpkin at one of these local pumpkin patches.
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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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September 12, 2014
2014 Chicago Fall Fun and Festivals
Our picks for the season's best family friendly fall festivals and activities.
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September 03, 2014
Family Friendly Fall Hikes
Immerse yourselves in the colors of the season with a fall hike through one of our favorite nature spots in the Chicago area.
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September 01, 2014
2014 Apple Orchards and Apple Picking Near Chicago picks for the best apple orchards and apple picking near Chicago.
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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.

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