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 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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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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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 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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