Hot Happenings

Robot Revolution
Museum of Science and Industry
Through January 10, 2016
Explore and interact with hands-on activities with robots to discover how they move and what they can do; build a bot and assemble basic robot components. Read more

LEGO Build
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Sundays through September
These casual weekly builds are inspired by a new theme each month, and teach kids design principles while exploring the playful side of architecture. Read more

Goldilocks & the Three Bears
Stahl Family Theater
Through August 7
The classic story of a young girl who ventures into the woods and stumbles on a cute house with 3 bowls of porridge, 3 chairs, and 3 beds. Read more

Kiddie Academy of Oswego is Now Open!

We invite families in the community to stop by or call to schedule a tour of our new facility, learn about our unique curriculum, meet our amazing teachers, and discover what sets Kiddie Academy of Oswego apart from other providers in the area. Now offering $500 tuition credit for full time enrollments and $250 tuition credit for part time enrollments. Learn More>

Features & Guides

Indoor Water Parks

Museum Free Days

Play Cafes

Children's Theater

Hot Topics: From the Blog
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June 29, 2015
2015 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 12, 2015
2015 Father's Day Events and Activities
See our picks for the top 2015 Father's Day events and activities in the Chicagoland area.
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June 11, 2015
Outdoor Pools and Water Play
Find the best outdoor pools and water play spots in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
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June 11, 2015
Summer 2015 Must-See Kids Concerts
Make your calendars for these can't-miss kids concerts, taking place around the Chicago area this summer.
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June 01, 2015
Best Ice Cream Spots for Kids in the Chicago Area
Summer's here and the time is right to indulge with a tasty ice cream treat.
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May 28, 2015
Best Chicago Area Outdoor Nature Destinations
Find an outdoor Nature destination in the Chicagoland area where you can hike, explore and spot native animals.
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May 22, 2015
Superhero Birthday Parties
These Superhero themed birthday parties will make your little ones feel like true heroes.
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May 12, 2015
Summer 2015: 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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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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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
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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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.

  Today's Events
Family Fun Festival Millennium Park
Amphibians John G. Shedd Aquarium
Underground Adventure The Field Museum of Natural History
Boats Chicago Children's Museum
Beginner's Art Studio Wonder Works Children's Museum