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 check out Chicago Children Museum’s newest exhibit that’ll satisfy your need for speed, take in a live show or wish upon the stars at Adler Planetarium. Read on for more ideas to bring smiles to the kiddos.

photo: Pete the Cat at the Mac


Belmont Cragin

Spend an Afternoon with The Three Little PIgs
Meet Roxanne, Petunia, and Babe, three Sister Piggies who set out to build their own houses. Roxanne (the Rock’n Roll Pig) builds hers out of Sticks, Petunia (The Pretty Pig) builds hers out of Straw, and Babe (the sensible, smart Pig) builds hers out of bricks! Which house will the Big Bad Wolf “huff and puff and blow down?” Don’t miss CKC’s most popular show!  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.

Mag Mile

Have Sunday Funday in the Clouds at 360 CHICAGO
Sure, sleeping ’til noon on a Sunday is swell, but what’s even better is 360 CHICAGO’s Sunday Funday. Infuse a little excitement into your life by taking the family to the observation deck on the 94th floor for a little magic, a little music and a whole lot of amazing Chicago views. Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Enjoy Free Admission Day at Adler Planetarium
Visit Adler where you’ll see stars even on the sunniest day, aspiring astronauts can discover a new planet in the Planet Explorers exhibit and kids take the helm in a modern-day space adventure and climb, crawl, play and learn what it takes to be a part of a space mission. Scientists are often on hand to answer even the most difficult space questions. Sat. Event details.

Navy Pier

New! Satisfy Your Need for Speed at CCM’s Zoom Room
It’s a race to the finish at Zoom Room, Chicago Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit. Check out the twisting racecourse that fills an entire room with hundreds of toy cars that race on crazy tracks. Try your own hand at racing on the adjoining tracks, sending cars hurtling through curves, loops, spirals and drops, and even getting in a pile-up on a multi-level “crash course.” Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Rogers Park

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.

Various Locations

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. Event details.

Almost Gone! Take a Family Jog at a ‘Go Run!
The Chicago Park District and Chicago Area Runners Association have paired up to provide weekly timed runs.  Make the runs a weekly event to explore new areas of Chicago while getting fit with your family. Strollers are welcome, so no one needs to be left behind. Sat. Event details.


Glen Ellyn

Pete the Cat Saunters into the Mac
Theatreworks is proud to present their musical, Pete the Cat, based on the popular books by Dean and Eric Litwin. When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with a new family to learn manners — and boy are they a family of squares. Luckily for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up. Fri. Event details.

— Maria Chambers



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