Hot Happenings

2014 Holiday Events
We've pulled the Holiday events from our calendar into this big page of family friendly events and activities that celebrate the different holidays of the season. Read more

The Greek Monsters
National Hellenic Museum
Through May
The oversized, colorful creatures are engaging for children and adults alike and tell classic mythological tales in a modern way. Read more

The B.F.G.
Emerald City at Apollo Theater
Through January 4
Sophie and the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) embark on a journey to save humans in this unforgettable adventure proving that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Read more

Spotlight Activities
JCYS Preschool & Summer Camp Registration Opens with Early Bird Pricing

With early childhood education and summer day camps in Highland Park, Buffalo Grove and Chicago, Jewish Council for Youth Services just opened their online registration for 2015 Summer & Fall programming. With early bird and multi-sibling discounts, visit to secure your spot for next year. Use promo code ChiKids exclusive to our readership! Learn More>

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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November 17, 2014
2014 Chicago Area Breakfasts With Santa and More
Santa is eating his way through the Chicago area with these breakfasts, brunches and more.
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November 14, 2014
2014 Winter Break Camps
Keep the kids busy during Winter Break with some of these great winter break camps in Chicago and the suburbs.
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November 10, 2014
2014 Chicago Holiday Lighting Events - Light It Up!
It's time to light up the holiday season, with tree lightings and holiday lights events.
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November 07, 2014
2014 Family Friendly Holiday Theater
Family friendly holiday performances have already gotten underway. Here are some of our top picks this season.
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November 04, 2014
2014 Nutcrackers
The holidays are fast approaching and if you're thinking about seeing the Nutcracker, you've got lots of options.
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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 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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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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