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

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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.


Drag Queen Story Hour
1/4/2020 to 1/4/2020
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Back by popular demand! Join us for a fun-filled singalong story time with our friends from Kiki Queens.

Cost: Free with admission



James and the Giant Peach
1/4/2020 to 1/26/2020
Prairie Lakes Theater

Playing Saturdays and Sundays through January 26, plus Thursdays January 16 and 23.

The fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit.

Roald Dahl’s "James and the Giant Peach" is now a musical for the whole...



Dino Day
1/4/2020 to 1/4/2020
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

Drop-in at the Museum and learn more about fossils with hands-on activities! See and touch real fossils, put together 3-D puzzles of dinosaur bones, and make your very own fossil imprint to take home! A drop-in game with prizes will be offered throughout the day with fossil prizes to take home!



Winterfest
1/5/2020 to 1/5/2020
Beat Kitchen

Get out of the Chicago wind and into the warm cozy Beat Kitchen to sing and dance and play with the whole family. This all-ages festival features four performances from some of Chicagoland's favorite kindie entertainers on the main stage, brunch and drinks at the bar, with free games and crafts...



Our Last Bash
1/9/2020 to 1/9/2020
Pump It Up Chicago

This is our last large public event before closing our doors after 12 years!

Admission is $10 per person (Children and Adults). Enjoy one last epic celebration in our indoor inflatable playground. The morning session from 9-11am is for ages 4 and younger only. The evening session...



Harry Potter Festival
1/11/2020 to 1/11/2020
Daniel Wright Junior High School

Spend time in the Wizarding World! Formulate spells! Play Quiddich! Mix potions and create your own wand! Join other Harry Potter enthusiasts, make new friends, meet fantastic beasts and unusual bugs!

Have younger children in grades K-2? Join us for their own magical adventures with...



Behind the Scenes Tours at the Tempel Lipizzans
1/11/2020 to 1/11/2020
The Tempel Lipizzans

Experience the life of our talented stallions as they prepare for the performance season. We welcome interested visitors into our historic stables where the traditions of the past are living in the present.

Tempel Lipizzans is breeding, training and exhibition facility in Northern...



Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show
1/12/2020 to 1/12/2020
Beat Kitchen

The Big Balloon Show is a theatrical balloon stage show featuring magic, comedy and Smarty’s award-winning, eye popping balloon props.

Inspired by classic vaudeville, this innovative all ages production is unlike any other show in Chicago – or anywhere else!

The Big Balloon...



Bugs Bunny at the Symphony 30th Anniversary Edition
1/18/2020 to 1/18/2020
Symphony Center

SYMPHONY Bring the whole family to Symphony Center for the beloved cartoons and classical music of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony. Celebrating 30 years of world tours and standing ovations, don't miss this new edition of 16 classic Looney Tunes on the big screen, with their original scores played...



The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa Presets Romeo and Juliet
1/19/2020 to 1/19/2020
Harris Theater for Music and Dance

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, is proud to announce “Romeo and Juliet,” coming to Chicago at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 at 3 p.m. Featuring 55 of Ukraine’s top performers, “Romeo and Juliet” will be performed for one night only...



Husky Heroes
1/25/2020 to 1/26/2020
Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum will be teeming with Siberian huskies Jan. 25 and 26, during the annual Husky Heroes event. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can enjoy photo opportunities with the animals and rigs, learn about the equipment and watch demonstrations of husky sled-pulling and skijoring - a...