Take November and show it who’s boss! The pending cold of winter won’t stand in your way of having family fun, and we’ve even done the legwork. This weekend, hang with the super fun Wild Kratts duo, take in a live show or kick it with dinos at the Field Museum. Read on for more ideas to bring smiles to the kiddos.

photo: Blue Man Group



Have Improvised Fun at Storytown
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 a story and kids design the setting and help shape the direction. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same. Sat. Event details.

Celebrate 20 Years of Blue Man Group
Easily one of the most recognizable performances groups out there, the Blue Man Group performs high-energy percussive shows mixed with a little of their own brand of comedy. They’ll have you tapping your toes and laughing along as they go on a journey into sound. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Go Prehistoric at Jurassic World: The Exhibit
The Field Museum is always the place to go when you want to gawk at real dinosaur fossils, but right now you can also see what it would’ve been like to walk among these breathtaking creatures in Jurassic World: The ExhibitionFri.-Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Eric Carle Brightens Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum newest exhibit, Very Eric Carle, introduces, reacquaints and inspires visitors to the work of renowned author and illustrator, Eric Carle. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

North Center

Get Silly at Hogwash: An Impoverished Tale
Fitting of its name, which means “nonsense”, the lack of structure of this fully improvised show makes it an absolute riot. Kids assist with costume and location selection and are encouraged to throw out twists and turns in the plot (and even become characters themselves!). Sat. Event details.


Get Excited for the Holidays with ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
The date was December 24, aka the night before Christmas, and per the usual, not a creature was stirring. But not all is good up north because Santa’s list has seemingly evaporated into the chilly thin air. It’s up to a pair of dancing mice, a spunky girl and an Elf-B-I agent to save the day. Fri. Event details.

Wicker Park

Experience The Nutcracker with a Twist
This creative reinvention of The Nutcracker has an original spin: It focuses on Clara’s journey to save her family, reeling from the wartime death of her brother, from the Rat King. Both funny and heartwarming, it will remind everyone in your family about the real reason for the season. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Strap Aprons on the Whole Family for a Cooking Class
Kids work side-by-side with their parents (or grandparents!) to make and then enjoy a delicious meal. It’s the perfect combo of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a delicious dinner and recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home. Fri. Event details.

Various Locations

Hanna Andersson’s Hannajams tour is making their way around Chicago this weekend. Keep your eyes peeled to Facebook or follow them at @happyhannas  on Instagram for clues on their whereabouts because the first 1,000 to find them receive a free pair of jammies!



Spend an Afternoon with Wild Kratts LIVE!
Your kids will love watching their favorite animated sibling duo come to life in a classically Wild Kratts story. The Kratt Brothers activate Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain and through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal wow facts, the team rescue their favorite invention from the clutches of Zach. Sun. Event details.

Visit Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Santa HQ is a thoroughly modern, extraordinarily experiential visit with Santa. The experience invites guests to customize their individual experience by using augmented reality to view Santa’s Workshop and Observatory in magical ways. Fri.-Sun. Event details

For more ideas on how to spend this weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar

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— Maria Chambers