What's Hot - This month's best Chicago family fun events and activities

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Find things to do with kids in Chicago. Following are highlights of activities going on in the coming days and weeks. Visit our Calendar of Events to see full listings of daily events.


Gingerbread House Workshop
12/3/2017 to 12/3/2017
The Paintbrush

Build and decorate your own real gingerbread house to take home. Fun for the whole family. Kids 7 and up may be dropped off (preferably in groups of 2 or more). Kids 6 and under must be accompanied by participating adult. $37/family of 4 (additional family members $12 each)



Dance-Along Nutcracker
12/3/2017 to 12/3/2017
Chicago Cultural Center

Sugarplum fairies and mouse kings of all ages and abilities are invited to point their toes to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic with Ballet Chicago at this FREE event.

11am and 2pm: Members of Ballet Chicago will teach basic ballet positions and movements at an...



Mario the Maker Magician
12/3/2017 to 12/3/2017
Madden Theatre at North Central College

New York City's Mario the Maker Magician LIVE in Naperville!

David Blaine calls Mario "the best kids magician in the world!!"

As seen on Sesame Street and NBCUniversals Sprout Channel, NYCs Mario" the Maker Magician" is returning to Naperville yet again! More than just a...



Kids' Night Out: Polar Express
12/9/2017 to 12/9/2017
The Paintbrush

Kids' Night Out features Pizza, movie-inspired ART, The Movie, HOT CHOCOLATE, and Playtime. Register online!



Family Workshop: Build a Bird Feeder
12/10/2017 to 12/10/2017
Lurie Garden

You can help the resident birds by providing some much-needed food during the winter months. Learn about who stays in the area for winter and how they survive. Each family will make one bird feeder. Materials and tools will be provided. This workshop is for families with children between the...



Holiday Extravaganza
12/10/2017 to 12/10/2017
North Suburban YMCA

The holiday spirit will get an extra boost for families attending the annual North Suburban YMCA Holiday Extravaganza, sponsored by Lowe’s of Northbrook and scheduled for Sunday, December 10 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. The Y will open its doors to the public for an afternoon of seasonal fun, featuring...



A Christmas Carol Dinner
12/13/2017 to 12/13/2017
Drury Lane Theatre

Treat the whole family to a festive evening with a savory dinner before the December 13th evening performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the classic holiday tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Stop by our holiday hot chocolate station before enjoying our seasonal quiche...



Swimming with Santa
12/16/2017 to 12/16/2017
Pelican Harbor Indoor Aquatic Park

Come to Pelican Harbor to make sure Santa knows what you want for the holiday season. Once you’ve seen Santa, you can enjoy some time in the pool with our melted snowmen. We will have some treats, holiday decorations, and other games and activities while Santa is at the pool.



Cookies with Santa
12/16/2017 to 12/16/2017
Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ

Join us for Cookies with Santa in the St. Pauls gymnasium! Families and guests will enjoy live Christmas music, cookie decorating, crafts, and a hot chocolate bar. And, of course, there will be pictures with Santa, and candy canes for all! While this event is free, we ask guests to please bring...



Pocket Con 2017
12/16/2017 to 12/16/2017
Chicago Cultural Center

Pocket Con is Chicago's only comics convention for youth featuring the works of artists and writers of color, women and LGBTQ creators.

Pocket Con allows teens, kids and adults to meet creators, attend workshops and panels, play video games, and try out costuming and art in a space that...



Hanukkah Concert
12/17/2017 to 12/17/2017
Chicago Botanic Garden

Advance Tickets: member/nonmember: $17/$22
Day-of: member/nonmember: $20/$25
Children 2 and under are free. Standard parking fees apply.

The clarinet swings, violin sings, voices rise, everyone is dancing! The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band will perform two festive one-hour...



Robotics 101 by Engineering for Kids
12/26/2017 to 12/29/2017
Pump It Up Lisle

Robotics 101 is designed to introduce students to both robot building as well as programming. The students will build robots to accomplish a specific task while using their imagination to make their robot better than the basic robot. During the class students will discover the Engineering Design...



Bubble Bash 2017: Walk On The Wild Side
12/31/2017 to 12/31/2017
DuPage Children's Museum

Ring in the New Year with a WILD family adventure at DuPage Children’s Museum! Don a pith hat and make a vest to decorated with stickers as you travel through various stations. Weave a beautiful collaborative canopy, contribute to the firefly fluorescent sky, build a fort, construct a raft to...