40 Things to Do with Kids This Weekend: March 1-3

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As the season changes, we know our readers will be looking for the Best Spring Activities for Kids in Chicagoland and Easter Activities. With St. Patrick’s Day and Easter only two weeks apart this year, these will be busy weeks for our readers. We already see some St. Patrick’s Day celebrations popping up in our list of things to do with kids this weekend.

Before you know it, it will be spring break week for many schools throughout the Chicago area. If you haven’t already made plans, don’t wait to check our list of Spring Break Camps, Activities, and Events. Many camps are filling up, so start planning soon.

Kidlist Volunteer and Donate Event

Join the Kidlist team to decorate and pack duffle bags for local kids in need on the afternoon of Sunday, March 10 at The Village Club of Western Springs. We are excited to offer this opportunity to give back, especially because your kids can be involved. It’s doable for all ages, hands on, and gives some joy to local foster children!

How does it work?

Reserve your spots by purchasing a duffle bag kit for each attendee. The kits include a duffle bag, toothpaste, toothbrush, luggage tag, which all go into the bag, and fabric markers to decorate the duffle. (It’s optional to bring an additional donation to put in the bag, such as a toy or game.)

Then come on March 10 during the shift you choose to decorate and pack the bags. At the beginning of each shift, we will also show you a video tour so you can see where your donation will go. The Kidlist team gathers all of the duffle bags at the end of the event to give to the director of All Our Children’s Advocacy Center in Justice, IL.

Over 500 children come through the AOCAC office, so these bags are in high demand! If you are not able to attend on March 10, you also have the option of donating a completed duffle bag kit so more children can receive them.

The event is more than half full, so click here to reserve your spots before it’s at capacity.

Things to Do with Kids This Weekend: Western Suburbs

Please check the details before you go to these events to ensure you know about registration requirements and additional info 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 the Elmhurst Art Museum for a Free Admission Day or enjoy a Friday Afternoon Movie at the Eola Road Branch of the Aurora Public Library.

Little Lambs and Owen Elementary PTA Resale Consignment Sale (Naperville)
March 1, 2024 | virtual sale

Free Admission for Illinois Residents (The Art Institute of Chicago)
March 1, 2024 | 11:00am – 5:00pm

Elmhurst Art Museum Free Day
March 1, 2024 | 11:00am – 5:00pm

Nature Center Open House (Lake View Nature Center, Oakbrook Terrace)
March 1, 2024 | 11:00am – 2:00pm

Homeschool Hangout (Wheaton Public Library)
March 1, 2024 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Friday Afternoon Movie (Eola Road Branch, Aurora Public Library)
March 1, 2024 | 2:00pm – 3:45pm

First Friday: Magic and Variety Show (Geneva Public Library)
March 1, 2024 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm

First Fridays (Downtown Aurora)
March 1, 2024 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm

First Friday: Living History (Santori Library, Aurora)
March 1, 2024 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Flying High Pizza Fun Night (Countryside)
March 1, 2024 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Register in advance for discounted admission.

Saturday

There are countless opportunities for family fun in the western suburbs on Saturday. Celebrate Dino Day at Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Arts in Oak Brook, watch a Tiny Great Performance at DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville, or check out DuPage Comic Con in Wheaton.

Little Lambs and Owen Elementary PTA Resale Consignment Sale (Naperville)
March 2, 2024 | virtual sale

LEHSO Clothing and Toy Resale (Lisle Junior High School)
March 2, 2024 | 7:00am – 3:00pm

Home Depot Workshop (Check your local store)
March 2, 2024 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

Saturday Stay and Play (Geneva Public Library)
March 2, 2024 | 9:00am – 2:00pm

Musical Babies: Bouncing Into Spring (Woodridge Public Library)
March 2, 2024 | 10:00am – 10:30am
Register in advance.

Family and Friends of Maple Trees (North Park Village Nature Center Park, Chicago)
March 2, 2024 | 10:00am – 11:30am

Legotastic Saturday (Brookfield Public Library)
March 2, 2024 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Let’s Play (Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago)
March 2, 2024 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Storytelling Through Dance: Don Quixote (Westmont Public Library)
March 2, 2024 | 10:00am – 10:45am

Elsa’s 2nd Birthday Celebration (Children’s Farm at the Center, Palos Park)
March 2, 2024 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Dino Day (Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Arts, Oak Brook)
March 2, 2024 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Friends of the Library Children’s Book Sale (Geneva Public Library)
March 2, 2024 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Dupage Comic Con (DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton)
March 2, 2024 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Budding Botanists (Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago)
March 2, 2024 | 10:30am – 2:30pm

Tiny Great Performances (DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville)
March 2, 2024 | 11:00am – 12:30pm
Included in general admission.

Dual Language Storytime (95th Street Library, Naperville)
March 2, 2024 | 11:30am – 12:00pm

Maple Sugaring Days (Creek Bend Nature Center, St. Charles)
March 2, 2024 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

St Patricks Day Parade (Forest Park)
March 2, 2024 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

St Patricks Day Parade (Countryside)
March 2, 2024 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Maple Sugaring (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
March 2, 2024 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Members-Only Beach Party (DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville)
March 2, 2024 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Chords for Kids (North Central College, Naperville)
March 2, 2024 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday

It will be a beautiful day for outdoor experiences! Head to Maple Sugaring Days at Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles or Maple Sugaring at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago.

Little Lambs and Owen Elementary PTA Resale Consignment Sale (Naperville)
March 3, 2024 | virtual sale

Low-Sensory Mornings (Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)
March 3, 2024 | 8:30am – 9:30am
Register in advance.

Budding Botanists (Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago)
March 3, 2024 | 10:30am – 2:30pm

Maple Sugaring Days (Creek Bend Nature Center, St. Charles)
March 3, 2024 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Maple Sugaring (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
March 3, 2024 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Sunday Makebreak (Michael’s Craft Stores)
March 3, 2024 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Things to Do with Kids This Weekend: Northwest Suburbs

Friday

Have fun making a mess at Mount Prospect Public Library’s Sensory Explorers or drop in to Friday Fun Day at Wood Dale Public Library.

Sensory Explorers (Mount Prospect Public Library)
March 1, 2024 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Scales-N-Tales Storytime (Franklin Park Public Library)
March 1, 2024 | 11:00am – 11:30am

Free Admission for Illinois Residents (The Art Institute of Chicago)
March 1, 2024 | 11:00am – 5:00pm

Friday Fun Day (Wood Dale Public Library)
March 1, 2024 | 11:00am – 4:00pm

Boredom Busters (Arlington Heights Memorial Library)
March 1, 2024 | 4:15pm – 5:30pm

Saturday

There’s lots to celebrate at Schaumburg’s Multicultural Event! You can also head into the city for Let’s Play programming at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago.

Home Depot Workshop (Check your local store)
March 2, 2024 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

1st Saturday Children’s Craft (Bartlett Depot Museum)
March 2, 2024 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

Family and Friends of Maple Trees (North Park Village Nature Center Park, Chicago)
March 2, 2024 | 10:00am – 11:30am

Let’s Play (Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago)
March 2, 2024 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Polish Storytime (Mount Prospect Public Library)
March 2, 2024 | 10:00am – 10:30am

Budding Botanists (Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago)
March 2, 2024 | 10:30am – 2:30pm

Multicultural Event (Schaumburg)
March 2, 2024 | 11:00am – 2:00pm

Railroad Museum Open House (Bensenville Railroad Museum)
March 2, 2024 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm

સ્ટોરી એક્સપ્લોરર્સ / Gujarati Bilingual Story Explorers (Schaumburg Township District Library)
March 2, 2024 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Sunday

Visit the Railroad Museum Open House in Bensenville or one of the many nature centers loved by our readers.

Low-Sensory Mornings (Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)
March 3, 2024 | 8:30am – 9:30am
Register in advance.

Budding Botanists (Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago)
March 3, 2024 | 10:30am – 2:30pm

Sensory-Friendly Hour (Park Ridge Public Library)
March 3, 2024 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Railroad Museum Open House (Bensenville Railroad Museum)
March 3, 2024 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Sunday Makebreak (Michael’s Craft Stores)
March 3, 2024 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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 west and northwest 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!

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