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We've added NEW categories for Virtual Classes, Virtual Events, and Take Home / Pick Up Activities.

Options from Chicago-based providers are listed first, so that you can support our local kid-friendly businesses during these tough times - let's give them lots of love!

Note that event information changes often these days, so always confirm your event before "attending."

Activity
2:00 to 2:15
Age: All Ages
First Flight Butterfly Release
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Join us every day at 2pm in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven as we release newly emerged...  See more
During regular hours, extended hours for Train Rides.
Age: Ages 0-6
Flurry Days
Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago
From December 1 to January 5, we’ll have special activities including Polar Express kiddie train...  See more
Hours vary. See description
Age: All ages
Ice Skating at Rosemont's Parkway Bank Park
Parkway Bank Park
Ice skating returns to Parkway Bank Park beginning Friday, November 29. The parks’ great lawn...  See more
1:00 to 1:15
Age: All Ages
Live Animal Feeding
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
From turtles to snakes, from rats to insects, there are a variety of critters that call the...  See more
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Age: Ages 2-6
Young Explorer Mondays
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
Calling all explorers between the ages of two and six! Check out Young Explorers Mondays, where...  See more
Drop-In Class
Mornings - times vary, see web site
Age: Ages 0-4
Wiggleworms Mixtape
Old Town School of Folk Music
Join us on a musical adventure as we sing, shake, and dance our way through Wiggleworms greatest...  See more
Holidays
See web site
Age: All ages
'Twas the Night Before Christmas Exhibit
Naper Settlement
A historic look at a seminal story written in 1823 that continues to endear itself to...  See more
See web site
Age: All ages
Christkindlmarket Chicago
Daley Plaza
Inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany, which began in 1545, the...  See more
See web site
Age: All ages
Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville
Gallagher Way
The Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville is excited to be back at Winterland at Gallagher Way! Visit...  See more
See web site
Age: All ages
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry
Explore rich holiday traditions from around the globe while creating your own traditions with...  See more
See web site
Age: All ages
Festival of Lights
Cosley Zoo
Cosley Zoo has more than 2,400 trees in four varieties ranging from 3’ to 12’! Wreaths, greens...  See more
Available Mon.-Fri., Nov. 25-29 & Dec. 23-Jan. 3
Age: All Ages
Holiday Fun Special at Haunted Trails Burbank
Haunted Trails
Have a blast over the holidays with our Holiday Fun Special! Available Monday-Friday, November...  See more
Available Mon.-Fri., Nov. 25-29 & Dec. 23-Jan. 3
Age: All Ages
Holiday Fun Special at Haunted Trails Joliet
Haunted Trails Joliet
Have a blast over the holidays with our Holiday Fun Special! Available Monday-Friday, November...  See more
Available Mon.-Fri., Nov. 25-29 & Dec. 23-Jan. 3
Age: All Ages
Holiday Unlimited Attractions Wristband Special
Enchanted Castle
Have a blast over the holidays with our UNLIMITED Attractions Wristband! Available...  See more
Timed entry tickets required
Age: All ages
Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
Morton Arboretum
Open most dates November 23, 2019–January 5, check web sites for holidays when the events is not...  See more
4:30 – 10 p.m. (last entry at 8 p.m.)
Age: All ages
Lightscape
Chicago Botanic Garden
As evening falls, the magic will begin during Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden this...  See more
4:00 – 9:00 PM
Age: All ages
Naper Lights
Downtown Naperville
Naperville Sunrise Rotary, in partnership with the Water Street Downtown Naperville, Marquette...  See more
Hours vary. See description
Age: All ages
Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Fashion Outlets of Chicago will get guests in the holiday spirit with the return of its...  See more
During store hours
Age: All ages
Window Wonderland
Wicker Park/Bucktown
Wicker Park Bucktown is presenting Window Wonderland for the first time: a holiday window...  See more
During regular hours
Age: All ages
ZooLights
Lincoln Park Zoo
Taking place most dates between November 29 - January 5, check web site for details.

The...  See more
Holidays - Performances
See web site
Age: Best for ages 5 and up
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Lookingglass Theatre
True to his loyal and resolute nature, The Steadfast Tin Soldier returns! The Chicago Tribune...  See more
See web site
Age: All ages
'Twas the Night Before…
Chicago Theatre
Cirque du Soleil and The Madison Square Garden Company (NYSE: MSG) are pleased to announce that...  See more
See web site for schedule
Age: Recommended for grades 1-12.
A Christmas Carol
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
This retelling of the Charles Dickens classic is filled with warmth, humor, music and holiday...  See more
See web site for schedule
Age: Ages 6 and up
A Christmas Carol
Goodman Theatre
Playing select dates Nov 16 - Dec 29.

Goodman Theatre’s classic A Christmas Carol is...  See more
See web site
Age: All ages
A Christmas Carol the Musical
BrightSide Theatre at North Central College
Select dates Nov 29-Dec 15. Theatre at Theatre at?Meiley-Swallow Hall?at North Central...  See more
See web site for schedule
Age: All ages
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Drury Lane Theatre
Set in Victorian-era London, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol tells the classic tale of...  See more
See web site for schedule
Age: All ages
Cirque du Soleil and The Madison Square Garden Company's 'Twas the Night Before
Chicago Theatre
‘Twas the Night Before..., Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever Christmas show, is a flurry of love...  See more
Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Age: All ages
Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle
Chicago Immersive at Grace Lutheran Church
A glimpse into a family's traditions, celebrations and struggles over generations, Grace and the...  See more
See web site
Age: See web site
It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play
Oil Lamp Theater
It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play has become a holiday tradition at Oil Lamp – a...  See more
See web site
Age: Ages 6 and up
It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
Stage 773
Runs select dates November 14 - January 4. As the second longest holiday play in Chicago, the...  See more
See web site for schedule
Age: Ages 5 and up
The Joffrey Ballet - "The Nutcracker"
Auditorium Theatre
The Joffrey’s reimagined classic marks its fourth year as Chicago’s favorite holiday tradition...  See more
See web site for times
Age: Ages 10 and up
The Land of Forgotten Toys
Greenhouse Theater
A brand new holiday musical for families with teens and tweens, but enough smart humor to keep...  See more
Thursdays & Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays 3:00 & 7:30pm, Sundays 3:00 & 7:00pm
Age: Ages 5 and up
The Nutcracker
House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre
Celebrating a full decade of making holiday memories with more than 30,000 audience members, The...  See more
Ongoing Exhibits
Open Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm & Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Age: All ages
Amazing Pollinators
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Take on the role of bats, bees, beetles, and butterflies in this immersive exhibit. Play games...  See more
10am-5pm
Age: All ages
From Curiosity to Science
Kenosha Public Museum
Humans are curious. This curiosity has led to collecting, scientific inquiry and the development...  See more
10am-5pm
Age: 7 and up
History of Mystery
Kenosha Public Museum
From super-sleuths to superheroes, see original art, comics, and books from the greatest...  See more
During regular hours
Age: All ages
The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad – The Railroad Helped Build America
Chinese-American Museum of Chicago
The Chinese American Museum of Chicago invites you to a new temporary exhibition, “The Chinese...  See more
During regular hours
Age: Ages 0-6
The Pigeon Comes to Chicago! A Mo Willems Exhibit
Chicago Children's Museum
Many familiar characters will be featured including best friend duo Elephant and Piggie...  See more
During regular hours, ticket required for exhibit
Age: All ages
Wired to Wear
Museum of Science and Industry
Wired to Wear is the first-ever exhibit dedicated to wearable technology—smart clothing and...  See more
Storytelling
Mondays, 11am and Fridays 11:30am
Age: 0-8
Shadow Puppet Story-Times
Wonder Works Children's Museum
Join us for this exciting adventure into story and legend with Bill our amazing story time...  See more
11:00am
Age: Children ages 0-5
Story Time
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Head to Hands on Habitat to listen to a story picked for our littlest visitors, and then keep...  See more
Theater

Age: Ages 5 and up
Beauty and the Beast
The Paramount Theatre
Once upon a time on a bitter winter’s night, a young, selfish and vain prince finds a beggar...  See more
See web site
Age: Ages 3 and up
Emerald City Theatre Presents Corduroy
Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse
Emerald City Theatre’s beloved production of Corduroy returns to Chicago just in time for the...  See more
See web site
Age: All ages
Madagascar - A Musical Adventure
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of...  See more
See web site
Age: Rated G
Mary Poppins
Drury Lane Theatre
Mary Poppins flies to the stage to delivery whimsey, excitement, and memorable songs to a story...  See more
See web site for schedule
Age: All ages
Teatro ZinZanni
The Spiegeltent ZaZou
Playing select dates November 13 - December 30.

Teatro ZinZanni is critically...  See more