50 Things to Do with Kids This Weekend: February 3-5

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It’s sure to be a chilly weekend, but that doesn’t slow down the fun in our weekend events list. Bundle up and visit Downtown Downers Grove’s Ice Festival running all weekend long, where you’ll see ice carving demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Cast your reel at St. Charle’s Ice Fishing Derby or lace up your ice skate’s Ice-A-Palooza in Wheaton happening on Saturday. Prefer to stay inside? Make your own ice cream and play games at Cabin Fever Family Fun in Woodridge, or check out other great ideas on our Indoor Activities Guide.

Downtown Downers Grove Ice Festival

February 3-5, 2023 | Carving demonstrations Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 3pm

Grab the family for a fun winter weekend! The Annual Ice Fest Downtown Downers Grove will be held February 3-5, 2023. Enjoy live ice carving demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3 pm at the Main Street Train Station. While enjoying the more than 60 creative ice sculptures that will line the sidewalks downtown Downers Grove, make sure to stop in your favorite boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

Visit the Downtown Downers Grove website for more details.

Family Events This Weekend

Please check the details before you go to these events to ensure you know about registration requirements and additional safety measures to maximize your family’s fun. While we do our best to keep the most up-to-date information in our calendar, last minute location or time changes do happen. Want to find “weekend events near me”? We have you covered!

Friday

Visit DuPage Children’s Museum for Story Time with Naperville Public Library, register for a spot at Woodridge Public Library’s HEART BINGO, or stop by 2023’s first First Fridays in Downtown Aurora.

Spring Festival Lantern Riddles (Naperville Public Libraries)
February 3, 2023 | all day

Chicago History Museum Illinois Resident Free Day
February 3, 2023 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

Farmhouse Tours: Keeping Your Family Healthy in Winter (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
February 3, 2023 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Adventures in Homeschooling (Fountaindale Public Library, Bolingbrook)
February 3, 2023 | 10:30am – 11:30am

Downtown Downers Grove Ice Festival
February 3, 2023 | 11:00am – 3:00pm

Elmhurst Art Museum Free Day
February 3, 2023 | 11:00am – 5:00pm

Free Day at The Art Institute of Chicago
February 3, 2023 | 11:00am – 5:00pm

Story Time with NPL (DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville)
February 3, 2023 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Included in general admission.

Roving Naturalists (Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago)
February 3, 2023 | 11:00am – 1:30pm

Adventures in Homeschooling (Fountaindale Public Library, Bolingbrook)
February 3, 2023 | 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Farm Life in Winter (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
February 3, 2023 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Family Craft Hour (IPPL, Darien)
February 3, 2023 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Advance registration required.

HEART BINGO (Woodridge Public Library)
February 3, 2023 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Advance registration recommended.

First Fridays (Downtown Aurora)
February 3, 2023 | 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Big Game Pre-Game (Burr Ridge)
February 3, 2023 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Register in advance.

Family Game Night (North Riverside)
February 3, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Registration recommended.

Daughter Date Night (Lemont)
February 3, 2023 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Advance registration recommended.

Mini Art Show Reception (Elmhurst Art Museum)
February 3, 2023 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

DuPage Symphony Orchestra Mini Concert (95th Street Library, Naperville)
February 3, 2023 | 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Saturday

Register for a spot to enjoy Ice Cream For Breakfast with the Pleasant Dale Park District, make Victorian Valentines at the DuPage County Historical Museum in Wheaton, or get creative at Brookfield Public Library’s Legotastic Saturday.

Spring Festival Lantern Riddles (Naperville Public Libraries)
February 4, 2023 | all day

Highlands Clothing Resale (Naperville)
February 4, 2023 | 8:30am – 2:00pm

Ice Fishing Derby (St. Charles)
February 4, 2023 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Advance registration recommended.

Home Depot Workshop (Check your local store)
February 4, 2023 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

Chocolate Walk (Downtown Oswego)
February 4, 2023 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
Register in advance to guarantee admission.

Brookfield Zoo Free Admission Day
February 4, 2023 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Ice Cream For Breakfast (Burr Ridge)
February 4, 2023 | 10:00am – 11:00am
Registration is required.

Farmhouse Tours: Keeping Your Family Healthy in Winter (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
February 4, 2023 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Legotastic Saturday (Brookfield Public Library)
February 4, 2023 | 10:30am – 12:00pm

Black History Month Activities for Kids and Families (Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago)
February 4, 2023 | 10:30am – 2:00pm

Winter Fest (Oak Park)
February 4, 2023 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Ice-A-Palooza (Wheaton)
February 4, 2023 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

Downtown Downers Grove Ice Festival
February 4, 2023 | 11:00am – 3:00pm

Winterfest (Bolingbrook)
February 4, 2023 | 11:00am – 2:00pm

Greg the Groundhog and Friends (Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs)
February 4, 2023 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Register in advance.

Victorian Valentines (DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton)
February 4, 2023 | 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Farm Life in Winter (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
February 4, 2023 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Winter Fair (Lombard)
February 4, 2023 | 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Owls of Trailside (River Forest)
February 4, 2023 | 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Advance registration required.

Ninja Warrior Training (Naperville Public Library)
February 4, 2023 | 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Sunday

Little White School Museum is hosting Jr. Dragstrip Day in Oswego, or dance the afternoon away at Western Spring’s Little Sweetheart Dance. Enjoy a Free Family Concert with Jim Gill in Melrose Park on Sunday evening, too!

Spring Festival Lantern Riddles (Naperville Public Libraries)
February 5, 2023 | all day

Brookfield Zoo Free Admission Day
February 5, 2023 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Farmhouse Tours: Keeping Your Family Healthy in Winter (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
February 5, 2023 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Downtown Downers Grove Ice Festival
February 5, 2023 | 11:00am – 3:00pm

Jr. Dragstrip Day (Little White School Museum, Oswego)
February 5, 2023 | 11:00am – 2:00pm

Cabin Fever Family Fun (Woodridge)
February 5, 2023 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Farm Life in Winter (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
February 5, 2023 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Little Sweetheart Dance (Western Springs)
February 5, 2023 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Register in advance for reduced ticket prices. Admission increases $2 at the door.

Community Music Programs (Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Arts, Oak Brook)
February 5, 2023 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Free Family Concert with Jim Gill (Melrose Park)
February 5, 2023 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Register in advance to guarantee admission.

Want to look ahead to next week?

Check out all the family-friendly events happening in your neighborhood and beyond on our events calendar!

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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.)

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. 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!

Last Chance for Little League and Softball this Spring!

Registration for Western Springs Little League and Softball ends next Wednesday, February 1, 2023. So if you haven’t signed up yet, here’s your chance! Click here to get more details and register. Both of Annie’s kids played WSLL for several years and had a great time! It’s a wonderful way to meet other kids, learn the sport, and get outside.

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