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 in Chicago, check out new exhibits, take in a live show or yoga as a family. Read on for more ideas to bring smiles to the kiddos.

photo: The House Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’


Lincoln Park

Downward Dog as a Family
Join Peggy Notebaert for an energizing indoor family-friendly yoga class! Practice your tree pose with a beautiful view of North Pond. Sat. Event details.

Museum Campus

New! Learn Something Mind-Blowing at Adler’s Community PlayLab
Adler’s newest exhibit emphasizes learning through play by providing materials and experiences that encourage young kids to make sense of the world around them. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Navy Pier

New! Explore Cloud Busters at Chicago Children’s Museum
Take kids to play on CCM’s new 30-ton, 37-foot-tall steel dreamscape that celebrates adventure and risk-taking that are inherent to childhood. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Enjoy Play for All at Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum invites children with disabilities and their families to experience playful, multi-sensory exhibits for a special private hour. Sat. Event details.


Watch a Family Concert with Andrés 123
Andrés & Christina are Latin Grammy award-winning musicians that make music in both English and Spanish for kids, which helps them learn while they’re having loads of fun. They bring communities together, teaching about bilingüalism and diversity with music. Sat. Event details.


Eat Your Way Through Taste of Ravenswood
Taste of Ravenswood, the neighborhood’s annual culinary celebration, returns this fall for its 5th year. The one-night-only event spotlights beer & spirits from local businesses, along with bites from some of the top local restaurants. Fri. Event details.


Be Reunited with an Old Favorite with Emerald City’s Corduroy
A small bear’s quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime. Kids will learn the importance of empathy and unconditional love alongside a young girl and her mother in this sweet adaptation of the beloved book Corduroy. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

West Town

Get the Holidays Started with The House’s The Nutcracker
This creative reinvention of the beloved tale has an original spin: It focuses on Clara’s journey to save her family from the Rat King. Both funny and heartwarming, it will remind everyone about the real reason for the season. Fri.-Sun. Event details



Explore Kohl Children’s Museum’s Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond
Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond features 4 distinct interactive learning areas modeled after episodes that encourage kids to learn about their natural environment and incorporate each TV character. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Attend a Holiday Sip and Shop at Morton Arboretum
Browse art from local artisans, get inspiration for holiday hosting and gifting, savor seasonal bites perfectly paired with more than 60 wines and spirits, and shop The Arboretum Store. Fri. Event details.


Jam in Your Jammies at Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Santa HQ is scheduled to open with a special “Jamming in My Jammies” event. Shoppers are invited to visit in their pajamas to get a first look and enjoy complimentary holiday treats, live music, activities and more. Fri. Event details

— Maria Chambers


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. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.