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

Easter Events and Activities
Throughout Chicago
We've gathered details on many of the top family-friendly Easter events taking place this year in the Chicagoland area, from egg hunts to brunches to parties. Read more

Kline Creek Farm
Thursdays-Mondays thru March 31
Between 15-20 baby lamb are expected to join the flock by the second week of March, and visitors can see the lambs and learn about their care. Read more

Jump Into a World of LEGO Bricks

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago is a giant indoor family destination with over 3 million LEGO bricks and 9 attractions including: Master Builder Academy, Jungle Expedition, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, LEGO Playplace, Merlin’s Apprentice Ride, 4D Cinema, Build and Test, Factory Tour, and the Chicago skyline built from 1 million LEGO bricks. Guarantee entry during Spring Break by pre-booking tickets online! Learn More>

Features & Guides

Indoor Water Parks

Museum Free Days

Play Cafes

Children's Theater

Hot Topics: From the Blog
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March 18, 2015
Weekend 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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March 16, 2015
2015 Easter Activities - Egg Hunts, Brunches and more
Catch up with the Easter Bunny this year and find him at one of the many brunches, lunches, egg hunts and Easter parties that he'll be attending.
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March 15, 2015
Chicago Kids 2015 Summer Camp Guide
The Chicago Kids Camp Guide will help you find the perfect camp for your little one this summer.
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March 13, 2015
Weekend Guide March 13-15
Top picks for family friendly events the weekend of March 13-15.
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March 11, 2015
2015 St. Patrick's Day Family Fun
Find a fun family activity or event to celebrate St. Patrick's this year.
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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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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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