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.


“It Takes a Village” Circesteem Spring Circus
5/7/2022 to 5/28/2022
CircEsteem Summer Camp

Taking place Saturdays May 7th, 14th and 21st. CircEsteem’s Spring Circus is BACK in-person for the first time since 2019! This year’s show is Directed by the incredible Jamal Howard and features youth performers ages 4-18 Exploring community and coming together to achieve common goals, this...



Family Matinee: Philharmonia Fantastique - The Making of the Orchestra
5/14/2022 to 5/14/2022
Symphony Center

Created by former CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates, Oscar-winning sound designer and Steven Spielberg collaborator Gary Rydstrom and animator Jim Capobianco (Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc.), Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra is a virtuosic concerto for orchestra and...



Free Family Day
5/19/2022 to 5/19/2022
Chicago Children's Museum

Chicago Children’s Museum and Navy Pier are bringing free fun-filled days of family activities and performances for children up to 10 years old on May 19. Admission to Chicago Children’s Museum will be free. $10 Navy Pier parking available with museum validation or event...



Nature Story Trail: Ruby’s Birds
5/21/2022 to 5/22/2022
Trailside Museum of Natural History

Follow a short trail and read a children’s nature story along the way. Afterward, stop by for an activity bag with a related craft and outdoor activities.



Turtle Takeover
5/21/2022 to 5/21/2022
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Celebrate World Turtle Day at the Nature Museum! Get up close and personal with all of our resident turtles as well as several special guest species. Meet reptile experts from the Nature Museum, the Chicago Herpetological Society, and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, and ask them...