Halloween is in the rearview mirror, did you think things would slow down? Think again! Stay on the move in November with events for the whole family. Bake cupcakes, get a dose of culture with live theater and – you’ll have to read on to hear the rest. On your mark, get set . . . don’t stop moving!
IN THE CITY
That’s Weird Grandma: Ghosts
Gather ye ‘round for a line-up of scary (and silly) stories featuring talking potatoes getting lost in the woods, Malcolm X fighting zombies, creepy slideshows that haunt old houses, and other spooky scenarios imagined by Chicago elementary school students. Sun. Event details.
Experience a Diwali Celebration with the Kids
Join in for a one-of-a-kind Diwali celebration for kids! Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, is a joyful celebration of lights, colors, dance, music and food! Explore a festival-themed room, decorate your own Diya, color your own Rangoli, experience Bollywood Dance & Music, try delicious Indian snacks and explore the Open Play room. Sat. Event details.
Giggle So Hard You Cry at Storytown Improv
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create an unpredictable story. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same. Sat. Event details.
NEW! Chicago Kids Company Presents Sleeping Beauty
Will the Princess Sleep for 100 years? Or can her true love save her with a Kiss? Don’t miss one of CKC’s most requested shows featuring professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs and plenty of audience participation. Fri. Event details.
Enjoy a Free Day at Chicago Children’s Museum
Kids ages 15 and under are invited to explore the Chicago Children’s Museum for FREE! With three floors of exhibits and activities that provide sensory experiences and engaging educational content focusing on literacy, science, performing arts and health, the Museum is a place where children are encouraged to create, explore and discover through play. Sun. Event details.
Near North Side
Get Help with Picky Eaters at enerGEEwhiz
enerGEEwhizz is teaming up with a Board Certified Health Coach and author to conduct a workshop that will include education for both parents and child and a 45-minute enerGEEwhiz training session for kids. Sat. Event details.
Freak the Freak Out at Bunnicula
When the Monroe family brings home an abandoned bunny, Chester the cat suspects the worst after spying gleaming fangs in the bunny’s mouth. As veggies start turning up mysteriously drained, even easygoing Harold the dog wonders if they have a supernatural menace on their hands. Brave the night and dare to embrace our differences in this musical adaptation of Bunnicula. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Sing Sweet Tunes with Future Hits
You have not one, but two chances to sing along with Future Hits at a fun, free and (secretly) educational kids’ indie rock concert. Jam out and (secretly) enrich your kids’ hearts and minds Friday at the Chicago Cultural Center and Saturday at Garfield Park Conservatory. Fri. & Sat. Fri details & Sat. details.
Get Your Screen Time in at an International Film Fest
Calling all movie lovers, young and less young . . . The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is back! Check out the website to find out how to enjoy the wide-ranging flicks, participate in workshops and meet filmmakers from across the globe. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
IN THE ‘BURBS
Make Unicorn Cupcakes as a Family
Rainbows and sprinkles and cupcakes, oh my! You’re invited on a fun-filled culinary adventure where you’ll whip up oh-so-delicious Unicorn Cupcakes complete with sparkle ears, a unicorn horn and a rainbow mane. Dying to know how they do it? Become a budding chef in the Kitchen as you discover delicious secrets! Sat. Event details.
Start ‘Em Early with Baby DJ School
Drop in for an interactive sing-a-long for your littlest music lovers that turns music education into a dance party, while honing their fine motor, ocular, language, social and, perhaps most importantly, their digital DJing those funky beat skills. Fri. Event details.
— Maria Chambers
. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.