Hot Happenings

I&M Canal Mule-Pulled Boat Ride
LaSalle Canal Boat & Lock 16 Center
Fridays-Sundays through November 2
Take a journey on the mule-pulled, full-size replica canal boat that takes you on the same hand-dug waterway that 19th century pioneers traveled. Read more

Midnight Circus in the Parks
Various Chicago Parks
Weekends through October 19
Featuring an eclectic ensemble of acrobats, aerialists, eccentrics and one rescued dog, all 90 minute shows are under an intimate, little big top tent. Read more

Science + You
Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago
Through November 2
In this lab, kids can see how scientists work and explore machines, processes, and technology that demonstrates the role science plays to keep our bodies healthy. Read more

Features & Guides

Indoor Water Parks

Museum Free Days

Play Cafes

Children's Theater

Hot Topics: From the Blog
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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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August 13, 2014
2014 Chicago Air & Water Show
Get the scoop on this year's lakefront Air & Water Show.
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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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June 30, 2014
2014 Fourth of July Celebrations and Fests
See our picks for the best family friendly Fourth of July celebrations taking place in Chicago and the suburbs.
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June 23, 2014
2014 Summer Concert Series for Kids
Find the best summer concert series taking place for your family this summer.
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June 19, 2014
Summer 2014: 50 FREE Family Friendly Things to Do This Summer in Chicago and the Suburbs
See our BIG list of 50 FREE Family Friendly Things to Do This Summer!
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June 18, 2014
Outdoor Pools and Water Play - 2014
Find the best outdoor pools and water play spots in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
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June 09, 2014
2014 Father's Day Events and Activities
See our picks for the top 2014 Father's Day events and activities in the Chicagoland area.
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May 14, 2014
2014 Chicago Farmer's Markets
These family-friendly farmer's markets offer the freshest local produce and products.
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April 30, 2014
Mother's Day 2014
Celebrate Mother's Day by spending time with Mom for her special day, or by making a special craft or gift for her in time for the holiday.
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April 15, 2014
Chicago Family Friendly Events and Activities for Earth Day 2014
Celebrate the planet with these kid-friendly Earth Day events and activities taking place in the Chicagoland area.
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April 08, 2014
April Family Theater
This April, lots of family-friendly productions are hitting the stage.
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April 01, 2014
2014 Easter Activites - Egg Hunts, Brunches and more
The Easter Bunny is very busy this year, with lots of events to attend, from brunches to egg hunts to helicopter drops.
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March 11, 2014
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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March 04, 2014
Maple Syrup Festivals
March is the season for Maple Sugaring, or collecting maple syrup, and your family can have fun at these family-friendly events while learning more about the science of syrup.
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February 25, 2014
Family Friendly March Plays
This March, there are a variety of family friendly theater productions taking place in Chicago and the suburbs.
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February 17, 2014
Chicago Kids 2014 Summer Camp Guide
Find a great camp in our 2014 Camp Guide, and read about some great options for this summer.
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February 03, 2014
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 10, 2014
Best Places to Ski with Kids near Chicago
Find a great family friendly ski destination to take your kids, without needing to book a flight.
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January 03, 2014
2014 Museum Free Days
Here's a guide to the 2014 Free Days at local museums and institutions.
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April 12, 2013
Chicago Area Train Themed Restaurants
Gather up your family and get your cabooses over to one of these fun, family-friendly train-themed restaurants.
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January 09, 2013
Chicago Area Indoor Waterparks
Pack up your kids and drive less than 2 hours to these local indoor water parks, and make a weekend of it!
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February 07, 2012
Move over Starbucks... Play Cafés abound around town
Relax with a cup of joe while your little ones explore. We've updated our list of top indoor play cafes in Chicago and the suburbs!
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Explore is an online resource for parents in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. We make it easy for you to find fun places to go and things to do with your kids. Find fun family events in our Calendar of Events, find a great family destination in our Places to Go section, find special offers in our Coupons & Deals section, and use our Resource Guide to find kids classes, shopping, a kids party guide and more.

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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