Find family-friendly events in your area! The calendar now features filters… you can sort the events by region, category, venue, cost, day, even by your location. Enjoy our wonderful community!
Everyone is welcome to add events to the Kidlist calendar, given that they are drop-in and/or free (no ongoing classes or camps that require registration) and are local to the west and/or southwest suburbs of Chicago. Click on the blue “Submit an Event” button and fill out the form.
Adaptation: William Osetek Based on the Novella A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas by Charles Dickens Director: Scott Calcagno Music Director: Ann McMann Run Time: 60 minutes with no intermission A Christmas Carol Breakfast Time: 11:00 am Continue the holiday tradition of gathering the whole family for our heartwarming production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the classic tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Stop by our yogurt bar, make your own donuts, then enjoy our hot chocolate station. Let the…Find out more »
Save time. Avoid the big line. It’s the photo op of the season! Reserve now to avoid long lines and last-minute pressure. Remember, time flies…except when you’re standing in line, so book your session now! Each session includes one 5x7, one 4x6, 4 wallets, unlimited digital downloads, and a downloadable e-bookFind out more »
In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multisensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink.…Find out more »
The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is open to the public for skating with one of the best views of the downtown skyline. Experience one of the city's finest winter traditions from November 18 (the same day as the city's 103rd annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration) to March 5. Check the website for daily hours of operation. Admission is free with free skating lessons Friday through Sunday one hour before the rink opens.Find out more »
Navy Pier's annual indoor winter carnival returns with activities that include a toboggan tunnel, winter mini golf and a 15-foot "snow tubing" hill. Returning attractions include the Blackhawks ice-skating rink and various carnival rides. Bring your family for a nice and toasty winter wonderland. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.Find out more »
Chicago's largest open-air market is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Inspired by a Nuremberg, Germany, market that was founded in 1545, this market features iconic German items like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks and beer steins, as well as hand-blown ornaments and wooden handicrafts. Authentic food (sausages, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, waffles) and drink (beer and Glühwein, a traditional hot spiced wine) are also available, along with assorted sweets. Hours Open Daily: Sunday - Thursday 11am - 8 pm Friday - Saturday 11…Find out more »
Macy’s SantaLand®, known to many as Cozy Cloud from the Marshall Field days, can be found on the 5th floor of Macy’s on State Street. Since 1948, Santa Claus has visited millions of children at the State Street SantaLand. Hint: The best time to visit Santa is at store opening before the lines get too long! Beginning Saturday, November 12th a texting system will be in place at Santaland! Once our line reaches a 45 minute wait we will begin taking customer…Find out more »
See Santa! and get a Free 4x6 studio quality print photo with other photo packages and Christmas cards available for purchase and instant print at the store! A Bass Pass is required and provides a time slot to see Santa, allowing you to explore Santa's Wonderland or shop the store while waiting in a virtual line. Bass Passes are limited and go quickly each day. Plenty of Crafts and Activities; vary by day and time.Find out more »
*Please note that if you do not choose West or Southwest for the region selection, your event will not appear in the calendar. All events will be reviewed before publishing to the calendar. Event approval usually occurs on Wednesdays; if you need your event to be reviewed before then, please email Annie at [email protected]
We do our best to provide comprehensive, accurate and useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from press releases, websites, signs around town and word of mouth. However, details change and people make mistakes, so please confirm the details before you go. Kidlist is not responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities listed on this site.