Family-Friendly Weekend Events: January 24–26

Before we dive in, remember: You only have one more week to sign up for our Kidlist Volunteer Event happening on Sunday, February 16. We’ll be there with our families, decorating and filling gift boxes for local foster kids through Together We Rise. It’s hard to find drop-in, kid-friendly volunteer events, so don’t sleep on this one!

Also, if you’re not following us on Instagram yet, you should be. It’s where we share what we’re up to around town, plus helpful tidbits like this round-up of events for the week:

Those announcements aside, it’s time for weekend fun! On Friday night, the Indian Prairie Library is hosting a free family trivia night; call to register in advance, then work with your kids to answer quiz questions and earn prizes.

This weekend, it’s all about the animals. Saturday and Sunday bring another weekend with free admission to Brookfield Zoo, so bundle up and head out to get in touch with nature. (It’s warm in the animal houses!)

Also on Friday and Saturday: Husky Heroes at The Morton Arboretum celebrates Siberian sled dogs with dog sledding demonstrations, canine crafts, and meet-and-greets with adoptable dogs.

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Fun Things To Do With Kids This Weekend

All of the event titles, dates, times, and towns are listed. If you would like more information, simply click on the the event title.

Friday

Kiddo Concerts with Sarah Jayne Lane (Wheaton)
January 24, 2020, 9:30am

Nature Tots (Oakbrook Terrace)
January 24, 2020, 9:30am – 10:30am

Enchanted Railroad at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
January 24, 2020, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Language Storytimes (Clarendon Hills)
January 24, 2020, 10:00am – 11:00am

Nature and Science at Wonder Works: What’s Inside? (Oak Park)
January 24, 2020, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Language Labs Presents: French Storytime (Downers Grove)
January 24, 2020, 10:30am – 11:00am

Farm Life in Winter at Kline Creek Farm (West Chicago)
January 24, 2020, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Eisenhower Movie Night (Hillside)
January 24, 2020, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Family Trivia Night (Darien)
January 24, 2020, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

The Incredible Edible Icee Experience (Yorkville)
January 24, 2020, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Yoga and Smile Eclipse Workshop (Western Springs)
January 24, 2020, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Parent’s Night Out (Bensenville)
January 24, 2020, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

After-Hours Mini-Golf (Berwyn)
January 24, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Frozen Castle Party (Oak Park)
January 24, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Magic the Gathering Game Nights (Geneva)
January 24, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Winter Campfire & Night Hike (South Holland)
January 24, 2020, 7:00pm

Shrek The Musical (Hinsdale)
January 24, 2020, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturday

Brookfield Zoo Free Admission Day (Brookfield)
January 25, 2020, 12:00am

Enchanted Railroad at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
January 25, 2020, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Husky Heroes at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
January 25, 2020, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Community Cares (Naperville)
January 25, 2020, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Theater Performance: “Brooklyn Bridge” (Chicago)
January 25, 2020, 10:00am – 11:00am

The Incredible Edible ICEE Experience (Lisle)
January 25, 2020, 10:00am – 11:00am

Penguin Craft (Glen Ellyn)
January 25, 2020, 11:00am – 11:30am

Bedtime Buddies (Geneva)
January 25, 2020, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Fiddleheads (Chicago)
January 25, 2020, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Jedi Engineering with LEGO Materials (Woodridge)
January 25, 2020, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Chinese Lunar New Year 2020 Kick Off Event (Rosemont)
January 25, 2020, 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Farm Life in Winter at Kline Creek Farm (West Chicago)
January 25, 2020, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Shrek The Musical (Hinsdale)
January 25, 2020, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Jedi Master Engineering with LEGO Materials (Woodridge)
January 25, 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Frosty Fest (Batavia)
January 25, 2020, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Family Night Out for Families with Special Needs (Naperville)
January 25, 2020, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Shrek The Musical (Hinsdale)
January 25, 2020, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Sunday

Brookfield Zoo Free Admission Day (Brookfield)
January 26, 2020, 12:00am

Enchanted Railroad at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
January 26, 2020, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Husky Heroes at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
January 26, 2020, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Wild Fest (Bolingbrook)
January 26, 2020, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Free Family Open Gym (Elmhurst)
January 26, 2020, 10:30am – 1:30pm

Fiddleheads (Chicago)
January 26, 2020, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Concerts for Kids at Beat Kitchen (Chicago)
January 26, 2020, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Family Try-it Archery (Oak Park)
January 26, 2020, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

S.T.E.A.M. Sundays (Oakbrook Terrace)
January 26, 2020, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Farm Life in Winter at Kline Creek Farm (West Chicago)
January 26, 2020, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

My Dolly and Me Skate (Oak Park)
January 26, 2020, 1:45pm – 3:45pm

Shrek The Musical (Hinsdale)
January 26, 2020, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Watercolor Snowflakes (Countryside)
January 26, 2020, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Melting Snowman Slime (Glen Ellyn)
January 26, 2020, 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Sensory Friendly Times at Enchanted Railroad at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
January 26, 2020, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

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We hope you found some family-friendly fun in our list of weekend events in the western suburbs of Chicago! This list is updated every week and sent out in the Kidlist emails. (Click here to sign up if you haven’t already.)

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We love local businesses, libraries, park districts, villages, and organizations- they plan great events for all of us to enjoy. If you are hosting an event or know of an event that should be on our list, click here to submit it to the Kidlist calendar!

We strive to be the most comprehensive source for family fun, which is why you’ll always see so many weekend events listed instead of just picking what our family likes or only including what sponsors want us to. It would definitely be easier to just list the details for a few events and call them “the best weekend events for families”, but we recognize that everyone has different interests. Not to mention, sometimes I’m in the mood to go to a huge festival and sometimes I’d rather go to a low key storytime at the library. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. That’s why we work hard and spend a lot of time to find everything going on in our area so you don’t have to! We hope you find it helpful and we are open to suggestions. The Kidlist Team always talks about how we can improve and evolve to meet your needs, so let us know!

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a writer and mom of two boys who lives in Woodridge. She recently moved from Downers Grove and grew up in Naperville, but she and her husband have been discovering new things to do now that they’ve got a toddler and baby in tow. Rachel loves cooking, playing board games, and regularly raiding the Woodridge library. She also volunteers with teens at Four Corners Community Church, which makes her feel like an old geezer.

1 Comment on "Family-Friendly Weekend Events: January 24–26"

  1. Wanted to let you know Naperville Park District Table Tennis Tournament on January 18 has been cancelled.

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