16 Fun Events for Chicago Kids, Mar 11 - 13

3/10/2016 8:52:26 AM
16 Fun Events this Weekend for Chicago Kids! - KidTrail Pick
Chicago Children's Museum
The weekend is here and with so many activities to choose from, KidTrail has made it easier with a list of fun curated events for kids and families in Chicago. Whether you are looking for a cultural event such as the Neighborhoods of the World festival at Navy Pier or a kid’s concert such as the Sunday Kids Concert at Beat Kitchen, this list has got you covered. Of the 16 events listed below, 9 are FREE! Enjoy, share with other friends and have a great weekend!


Mathemania at Navy Pier

What: Throughout March and April every day at 11:15 am and 2:15 pm, the museum will offer creative approaches to teaching and reinforcing math concepts for preschool to school-aged children, such as using stamps to make a pattern, counting and measuring ingredients to make play dough, learning the basic of fractions with the help of a giant pizza pie, or testing which shapes fly the farthest using a wind machine.  

Date/Time: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:15 AM and 2:15 PM.

Cost: Included in museum admission

Chicago Children's Museum
700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

FREE Sing Along with Neeleo

What: Sing along with Neeleeo delights young audiences with silly songs and tall tales every Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 and 10 a.m. at the Main Barn in Lincoln Park Zoo’s Farm-in-the-Zoo. Join Neeleeo as he performs original songs while the wee ones dance and sing along. This joyful jamboree features animal songs and dances for children ages 6 and younger accompanied by a caregiver.

Date/Time: Friday, March 10, 2016 at 9:15 AM and 10 AM

Cost: FREE

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Mom & Tot Bowling

What: Pinstripes has reserved a special Mom and Tot bowling hours from 10 am to 12 pm. Mom and Tot bowling available at Pinstripes Northbrook, South Barrington, Chicago and Oak Brook. Limit 4 children per adults. Age 12 and under.

Date/Time: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 10 AM to 12 PM

Cost: $3 per Child/Game, with a $4 shoe rental. Parents bowl free!

Pinstripes Chicago
435 E. Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Brick by Brick Exhibit at MSI

What: The brick by brick exhibit, developed and created by MSI, will feature a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant LEGO built engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, Hoover Dam and Roman Coliseum, constructed by LEGO Certified Professional and Chicago native, Adam Reed Tucker. These cool constructions are paired with hands-on building challenges that reinforce principles of engineering, construction and architecture, and encourage creativity!

Date/Time: Friday, March 11, 2016 till end of year.  All day at the museum.

Cost: This exhibit is not included in Museum Entry and requires an additional timed-entry ticket, available in Museum ticket packages.

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

Kids Eat FREE at Pizzeria Frasco

What: Frasca is a neighborhood Italian restaurant that is very kid friendly.  Their specialties include pizzas, hearty pastas and an extensive selection of wine. The main dining room is open and inviting with comfortable leather banquets, wood tables and large retractable windows, perfect for a cozy winter’s night or family dining. The menu includes a kids menu for dinner and brunch. Kids are treated to crayons and coloring pages to keep them entertained.

Date/Time: Friday, March 10, 2016 from 4:30 to 6 PM

Cost: FREE

Frasca Pizzeria
3358 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60657


Kids Improv Show

What: From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same. Shows are recommended for ages 3-10 and their whole family.

Date/Time: Saturday March 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Cost: Children under 2 are free. All other tickets are $10.

Storytown Improv
1225 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, Il 60657

FREE Saturday Jams

What: All ages and levels welcome as we all learn from one another - tunes, instruments, and musical styles. A complement to your kid's music class, the jam is a place to do music each week! Even if you're not currently enrolled, join the music making and experience our Kids' Music Program. All instruments, voices, and levels are welcome and encouraged. Great for teaching and learning with folks of all ages. Especially great for young folks discovering new instruments, songs, and styles. Come share your tunes, sing and dance with us.

Date/Time: Saturday March 12, 2016 at 12 PM to 1 PM

Cost: FREE

Old Town School of Folk Music, Lincoln Park
909 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

FREE Origami Workshop

What: Origami is a fascinating, fun-filled creative activity for children as well as adults. With a minimum of folds and creases, you can transform a flat sheet of paper into a three-dimensional form like a swan, a boat, a flower or even a hat. So, if you're interested in creating animals, dinosaurs, flowers, decorative boxes and various other models, please join us. Every second Saturday of the month in the Conservatory’s Classroom, the Chicago Area Origami Society presents a free drop-in Origami Open House to our visitors. Please drop by, both kids and adults are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Experienced folders welcome as well.

Date/Time: Saturday March 12, 2016 at 1 to 4 PM, drop in anytime.

Cost: FREE

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624

Drop By Family Fun & Crafts

What: Each month on Saturdays and Sundays, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum highlights a nature topic to explore through crafts, experiments and activities. Visitors of all ages are welcome to stop by and participate. The Nature Museum gives people the opportunity to create an authentic connection to nature and provides a chance to build on its legacy of scientific research and citizen science.

Date/Time: Saturday March 12, 2016 at 11 AM to 1 PM

Cost: Included in museum admission fee

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614

FREE Story Time

What: Storytime at Barnes and Noble, Webster Place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays. Except holidays. Please check website for schedule of stories to be read each week. Some days, the time may change due to special events so always call to confirm the scheduled time.

Date/Time: Saturday March 12, 2016 at 11 AM

Cost: FREE

Barnes and Noble, Webster Place
1441 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Kids Eat FREE at Shaw’s Crab House

What: Weekend brunch at Shaw’s is a grand affair. Brunch is a decadent multi station experience with shellfish and seafood station, traditional breakfast station, omelet/waffle station, surf and turf station and finally a decadent sweets table. Brunch includes freshly brewed coffee, juice, soda & iced tea. Two Kids eat FREE at Sat/Sun brunch per one adult paid brunch.  

Date/Time: Brunch is served 10 AM to 2 PM every Saturday and Sunday. Limited to kids age 12 and under.

Cost: Kids Eat FREE

Shaw's Crab House
21 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60611


Scandinavian Jams

What: It is music at the Museum–wake up your ears, exercise your fingers and play along with us! Musicians and instructors Mary Allsopp and Paul Tyler co-host a Scandinavian Jam at the Swedish American Museum the second Sunday of every month. Join us for an afternoon of traditional roots music starting with instruction from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. New tunes are taught in the call and response “aural” tradition. The afternoon continues with a brief snack, and the jam session kicks off at 2 p.m. Build a repertoire with the unique tones and unusual rhythms of Scandinavia. Recording devices are encouraged. Bring your instruments, request your favorites, share a tune, and play along on what you can, sit back and listen when you want a break.

Date/Time: Sunday March 13, 2016 at 1 PM to 3:30 PM

Cost: Included in museum admission

Swedish American Museum
5211 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

Kids Concert at Beat Kitchen

What: Uniquely adaptable for a classroom, library, or rock club setting, Future Hits defies the laws of family music. Founded by rock musician, Coach House Sounds organizer and Chicago Public School teacher Matt Baron, Future Hits intertwines rock music with language arts curriculum into tunes that transmit a wealth of relevance embedded in poppy, fuzzy tones.

Date/Time: Sunday March 13, 2016 at 12 PM. Doors open at 11 AM.

Cost: $6 if you buy online or $6 to $7 if you buy at the door.

Beat Kitchen
2100 W. Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

FREE Neighborhoods of the World, Lithuania

What: Neighborhoods of the world, celebrate Lithuania. Chicago is famous for its ethnic neighborhoods and Navy Pier is proud to honor the city’s Lithuanian community with this cultural celebration for all ages. Join us for a lively afternoon of music, dance, colorful costumes, food and local vendors selling art!

Date/Time: Sunday March 13, 2016 at 12 to 4 PM

Cost: FREE

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

FREE Day at DuSable Museum of African American History

What: The mission of DuSable Museum is to collect, preserve and display artifacts and objects that promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities that illustrate African American history, culture and art.

Date/Time: Sunday March 13, 2016 at 12 PM to 5 PM

Cost: FREE

DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637

Kids Eat FREE at Hutch Chicago

What: Hutch Chicago offers a take on American classics including appetizers like the Hutch board (cured meats, Wisconsin cheese curds, jumbo corn nuts, house pickles and seasonal garnish), skillet shrimp and tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons. Brunch is daily from 10 AM to 3 PM. It is a warm and inviting place for families with kids in tow.

Date/Time: Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 5 to 9 PM

Cost: FREE

Hutch Chicago
3301 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657

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