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

We've picked out some of the best family fun taking place this month around Chicago. hBookmark this page to keep up with the hottest Chicago family happenings! Sign up for our monthly newsletter to get information as soon as it's available.

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.

Chocolate Candy Drop-In Day
4/8/2017 to 4/8/2017
Volkening Heritage Farm

Drop by the Heritage Farm between 10 a.m. and noon and make your own chocolate candy creation. When you are done be sure to visit the farm house to learn more about chocolate in the 19th century. This event is for all ages. Cost is $2 per person.

The Writer's Studio and 826CHI Poets in Revolt Workshop
4/8/2017 to 4/8/2017

The University of Chicago Writer's Studio and 826CHI are teaming up to offer a free cross-generational writing workshop on poets in revolt. How do poets use their art to resist injustice and reshape their world? Instructors from both programs will lead participants of all ages in exercises and...

Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats in Concert
4/9/2017 to 4/9/2017
Wonder Works Children's Museum

Laura Doherty is a nationally touring children's recording artist and award wining producer with an ear for a catchy melody. Laura has been an award winning children's musician for over six years, and is sure to please children and adults alike.

Party With Your Peeps
4/15/2017 to 4/15/2017
MB Financial Park at Rosemont

Celebrate the spring season at MB Financial Park’s “Party with Your Peeps” Saturday, April 15. Families can enjoy a variety of FREE activities on the Park’s great lawn from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. including open bags, visits with the Easter Bunny, face painting, balloon twisting and more...

Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Lincoln Park Zoo
4/15/2017 to 4/15/2017
Lincoln Park Zoo

Celebrate Easter weekend at the zoo with a basket full of fun family activities! Enjoy a brunch buffet, multiple egg hunts for different age groups, photos with the Easter Bunny, music, craft making and animal viewing-plus free, unlimited rides (weather permitting) aboard the AT&T Endangered...

Maker Faire Chicago
4/22/2017 to 4/23/2017
Lakeside Center at McCormick Place

Maker Faire is the "Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth"—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech...

4/22/2017 to 4/22/2017
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

Earthlings of all ages, individuals, and groups of curious citizens of the world, join us on Saturday, April 22, for Earthfest—a day-long, family-friendly party celebrating the planet we call home. Earthfest will dazzle you with the brilliance of Earth, the innovative minds that inhabit it, and...

4/23/2017 to 4/23/2017
Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls

Don’t wait! Before you know it, our critically-acclaimed Summer Camp 2017 for ages 3.5 – 15 will be here, and camps are already filling up.

Feeling a little stage fright? Then put a little spring in your step, and bask in the drama! On Sunday, April 23, join us for a FREE preview of an...

Concerts for Kids: Karen 4 Kids
4/23/2017 to 4/23/2017
Beat Kitchen

Featuring bass and drums along with guitar and vocals, Karen brings a groovy folk-rock/blues vibe to her interactive and engaging performances! A Wiggleworms teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music and a performing artist, Karen’s passion and professionalism engages families with her...

Dress Like a Tree, Get In Free
4/28/2017 to 4/28/2017
Morton Arboretum

Visit The Morton Arboretum on Arbor Day dressed like your favorite tree and gain free admission all day long! Outfits can range from a green or brown T-shirt and hat or participants can “branch” out and come dressed in a costume masterpiece. Pose for pictures in our photo booth. Younger...

Spa Chemistry: Bubble Bars
4/29/2017 to 4/29/2017
The Laboratory

Students will use chemistry (and math skills!) to create their own Bubble Bars.

While parents have a night out, kids can spend their Friday or Saturday night with The Laboratory. Our Science Nights out include a pizza dinner and unique hands-on science activities based on kids’ favorite...

Chicago Kid Show All Stars Show
4/29/2017 to 4/29/2017
The Den Theater

Chicago's top kids entertainers come together in one amazing show!

See the spell-binding magic of Scott Green, enjoy the music of Miss Jamie from the Farm and laugh out loud with balloon entertainer Smarty Pants!

It's like seeing three shows in one!

Use code SMARTY and...

Pop Up - Celebrating Amy Krouse Rosenthal
4/29/2017 to 4/29/2017
A Little Photo Studio

In honor of the amazing author of both children and grown-up books, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, we are hosting a giveback event that Amy daydreamed of having one day: A pop-up of pop-up books. That’s right. Every single book for sale in our shop will be a pop-up book. How fun is that?

Family Workshop: All About Bees
4/30/2017 to 4/30/2017
Lurie Garden

You and your family will learn all about bees from a bee expert! Jana Kinsman of Chicago's "Bike A Bee" will tell you the buzz on honey bees, beekeeping in the city, and native bees, too. Register online.