Family-Friendly Weekend Events: November 15–17

If the just-above-freezing temps this weekend put you in a holiday mood, you’re in luck. This weekend is packed with Thanksgiving and Christmas events, starting with Friday night, when you can go shoot free-throws as a family at Turkey Hoops in Lombard or head to Burr Ridge for the annual Jingle Mingle.

On Saturday, the Promenade in Bolingbrook will be hopping for the annual Festival of Lights Tree Lighting. It’s always a popular event, so make sure you arrive early to find parking. Looking for something lower-key? Knoch Knolls Nature Center in Naperville will host a special Owl Prowl event (be sure to register ahead of time).

On Sunday night, the DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville is hosting its monthly Family Night Out for Families with Special Needs. It’s a free event, but be sure to register in advance.

Keep reading for even more ideas to warm up your weekend together!

This weekend planner is sponsored by Chicago Toy and Game Fair, which starts next week!

Chicago Toy & Game Fair
November 23-24, 2019
Navy Pier Festival Hall

Explore, Discover, Experience North America’s Largest Toy & Game Fair for Families. Activities and Activations for all ages! ChiTAG gives you the opportunity to review, play with, and test the hottest toys and games from around the world.

Members of the trade, retail, educators, Scouts, military, police and fire communities receive free admission and everyone else can get $3 off each ticket by using the code CHITAG3.

Click here to read more about what you will find this year at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair.


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

Peter and the Starcatcher Play (Hinsdale)
November 15, 2019, various times

Santa’s Mailbox (Tinley Park)
November 15, 2019

Calls from Santa (Tinley Park)
November 15, 2019

Photos with Santa at Village Green (Oak Brook)
November 15, 2019

Photos With Santa (Lombard)
November 15, 2019

Kiddo Concerts with Sarah Jayne Lane (Wheaton)
November 15, 2019, 9:30am

Nature and Science at Wonder Works: Seashells and Sharks (Oak Park)
November 15, 2019, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Nature and Science and Art at Wonder Works (Oak Park)
November 15, 2019, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Arbor Reading Adventures at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
November 15, 2019, 11:00am – 11:45am

Shadow Puppet Story-Times at Wonder Works (Oak Park)
November 15, 2019, 11:30am – 12:00pm

Pet Pictures with Santa at Village Green (Oak Brook)
November 15, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Jingle Mingle (Burr Ridge)
November 15, 2019, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Kids Night Out (West Chicago)
November 15, 2019, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Kids’ Night Out (Naperville)
November 15, 2019, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Parents’ Night Out (Gevena)
November 15, 2019, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Friday Fun Night Movies (Forest Park)
November 15, 2019, 6:15pm – 8:00pm

Turkey Hoops (Lombard)
November 15, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Klub Friday Night (Bloomingdale)
November 15, 2019, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturday

Peter and the Starcatcher Play (Hinsdale)
November 16, 2019, various times

Santa’s Mailbox (Tinley Park)
November 16, 2019

Calls from Santa (Tinley Park)
November 16, 2019

Kids Club at Michaels (Various Locations)
November 16, 2019

Photos with Santa at Village Green (Oak Brook)
November 16, 2019

Disney Frozen Tea Party (Oak Brook)
November 16, 2019

Photos With Santa (Lombard)
November 16, 2019

Breakfast Book Club with Pete the Cat (Naperville)
November 16, 2019, 7:30am – 9:00am

Batavia Indoor Market (Batavia)
November 16, 2019, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Science Classes for Kids and Families (Batavia)
November 16, 2019, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Family Workshop at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am

Frozen Power Tea Party (Brookfield)
November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am

Paw Patrol Live! (Hoffman Estates)
November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am

Snow Queen & Sister Meet & Greet (Glen Ellyn)
November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am

Pokémon Party (Darien)
November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Kids Time at the Museum (Lisle)
November 16, 2019, 10:30am – 11:30am

Storytime and Activities at Barnes & Noble (Various Locations)
November 16, 2019, 10:30am

JuiceBox Concerts (Chicago)
November 16, 2019, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Model Railroad Madness (Elmhurst)
November 16, 2019, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Family Day (Elmhurst)
November 16, 2019, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Almost Winter Day (South Elgin)
November 16, 2019, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Cardboard Construction (Orland Park)
November 16, 2019, 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Turkey Shoot (Lombard)
November 16, 2019, 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Festival of Lights Tree Lighting (Bolingbrook)
November 16, 2019, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Family Nature Nights Owl Prowl (Naperville)
November 16, 2019, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Santa’s Arrival and Kick-Off Event (Bolingbrook)
November 16, 2019, 5:00pm

Tree Lighting at Footprints in Time Park (South Elgin)
November 16, 2019, 5:00pm – 5:30pm

Pet Pictures with Santa at Village Green (Oak Brook)
November 16, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

NERF Night (St. Charles)
November 16, 2019, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Sunday

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Family Workshop (Lisle)
November 17, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am

Brunch with Elsa at Barrel House Social (La Grange)
November 17, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Holiday Shopping Event (Bolingbrook)
November 17, 2019, 11:00am – 7:00pm

Christmas List Extravaganza (Countryside)
November 17, 2019, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Christmas List Extravaganza (Clarendon Hills)
November 17, 2019, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Concerts for Kids at Beat Kitchen (Chicago)
November 17, 2019, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Family Workshop at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle)
November 17, 2019, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Festival of Lights Light Show (Bolingbrook)
November 17, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Pet Pictures with Santa at Village Green (Oak Brook)
November 17, 2019, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Family Night Out for Families with Special Needs at DuPage Children’s Museum (Naperville)
November 17, 2019, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

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Recommended Family Photographers

Your Local Guide to Kids Eat Free

Indoor Play Guide with Photos and Descriptions

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

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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