16 Festive & Fun Chicago Kids Events, Mar 18 – 20

3/17/2016 10:58:44 AM
16 Festive & Fun Chicago Kids Events, Mar 18 – 20 - KidTrail Pick
This weekend is full of fun and festive events for the whole family.  Easter is soon approaching so if you are looking for a fun egg hunt, pictures with the Easter bunny or maybe breakfast with the bunny, this list has got you covered.  Or, maybe you want a low key, mellow weekend filled with story time and a family dinner, then this list will show you the way.  However you choose to spend the weekend, let KidTrail help you find some fun, family friendly events.  Write a comment below on your experiences.  We would love to hear from you!


Mom & Tot Bowling at Pinstripes

What: Monday – Fridays, 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 18, 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

Free Juicebox Concert

What: With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the FREE admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and interact with performers. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Juicebox series runs on alternating Fridays at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Date/Time: Friday, March 18, 2016 from 11 AM to 11:45 AM

Age: Babies, Toddlers, Preschool

Cost: FREE

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

3D Printing at Museum of Science & Industry

What: Calling all inventors! Turn your idea into an item you make in our fabrication laboratory, or Fab Lab. Ready to try your hand at manufacturing design, technology and engineering? The Wanger Family Fab Lab is a small-scale workshop where you can dream up, design and make items from practical to whimsical using cutting-edge software and equipment. Explore the latest printing technology and take home a custom 3D object!

Date/Time: Friday, March 18, 2016. Two sessions available: 10 AM or 1:45 PM

Age: Elementary, Tweens, Teens

Cost: Museum Fee plus Lab Fee

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

Sing Along with Neeleo at Lincoln Park Zoo

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 18, 2016 at 9:15 AM and 2nd session starts at 10 AM

Cost: FREE

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Spanish through Nature at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

What: Children 1 - 4 will learn Spanish vocabulary during an experiential, interactive class through songs, movement and laughter! Read books, do fun hands-on crafts, and sing songs, all relating to a different nature theme each week. The class is a 7 week session or you are welcome to purchase a single class.

Date/Time: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 10 AM to 11 AM

Age: 1 – 4 years old

Cost: Single class is $20

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

Easter Party at Little Beans Play Café

What: Little Beans Play Space is hosting a super fun Easter party! They will have the Easter Bunny for photos and and fun Easter Egg Hunt (eggs will be placed during the whole party), play and pizza. Party includes bunny photo, Easter egg hunt, play and pizza/drinks. Registration is required. Register online.

Date/Time: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 5 PM to 7:30 PM

Age: Babies, Toddlers, Preschool, Elementary

Cost: $30 for one child, $50 for two children, $65 for three children. Adults are free.

Little Beans PlayCafe
1809 W. Webster
Chicago, IL 60614


Free Storytime at Open Books

What: Join Open Books at 10 am every Thursday and Saturday for a story time in the children’s section of its West Loop store! Every week, they will have new tales, activities, and (on special occasions) prizes.

Date/Time: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10 AM to 11 AM

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Elementary

Cost: FREE

Open Books, West Loop
651 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Saturday Jams at Old Town School of Folk Music

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.

Date/Time: Saturday March, 19, 2016 at 12 PM to 1 PM.

Age: Preschool, Elementary, Tweens, Teens

Cost: FREE

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

The Big Find Easter Egg Hunt

What: Soul City Church is hosting its 6th Annual Big Find on March 19 at Mary Bartleme Park in the West Loop. This is one of Chicago’s most exciting Easter egg hunts, and you won’t want to miss it!

Date/Time: Saturday March 19, 2016. Two sessions: 10 AM and 11:15 AM.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Elementary, Tweens

Cost: FREE. Register for your FREE ticket on Soul City Website at

Mary Bartelme Park
115 S. Sangamon St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Animal Enrichment Workshop at Lincoln Park Zoo

What: Join us to build creative items to enrich the lives of zoo animals! All ages are welcome to stop by and create edible piñatas, willow balls or other crafty items for animals across the zoo. Then head out to the zoo to see animals enjoy some enrichment. The program runs open house-style, so registered participants can drop by anytime between 1:30–3:30pm to make enrichment. 

Date/Time: Saturday March 19, 2016 at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Elementary, Tweens

Cost: $5 per person

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Kids Eat FREE at Southport & Irving

What: Southport & Irving is a neighborhood restaurant serving globally-inspired American cuisine paired with handcrafted cocktails, craft beers and an international wine list. Menus are seasonally-driven and change frequently to capture the best of the season. The restaurant is located in the Southport Corridor in Chicago’s bustling Lakeview neighborhood. In addition to dinner, brunch is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 3PM.

Date/Time: Saturday March 19, 2016 at 5 PM to 6:30 PM

Age: Limited to kids 12 and under.

Cost: FREE

Southport & Irving
4000 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613


Easter Party at Kid City

What: Open play in the place space, egg hunt, Easter Bunny appearance and more! Register online on Kid City website.

Date/Time: Sunday March 20, 2016 at 1 PM to 3:30 PM

Age: Babies, Toddlers, Preschool, Elementary


Kid City
1837 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Breakfast with the Bunny at SOD Room

What: SomeBUNNY very special is coming to Sod Room! Hop on over for a fun filled morning of playtime, delicious brunch and a visit from the Easter Bunny! This egg-stra special event includes one digital picture of your child/ren by the very talented TK Photography. Additional images may be purchased directly through the photographer.

Picture included with paid child’s admission. The Easter Bunny will be joining us from 10am-11:30am!

Date/Time: Sunday March 20, 2016 at 9:30 AM to 12 PM

Age: Babies, Toddlers, Preschool, Elementary

Cost: $30/One adult & one child, $20/ Extra Child, $8/Extra Adult

Sod Room
1454 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Concert for Kids at Beat Kitchen

What: Springfest is a concert to celebrate, sing and dance with the kiddos and all the hot kids musicians in town! Join Beat Kitchen to sing along and dance with Miss Jamie From The Farm, Jack and Kitty, Deep Fried Pickle Project, Jeanie B & The Jelly Beans, Mary Macaroni. How fun!

Date/Time: Sunday March 20, 2016 at 11 AM. Doors open at 10:30 AM

Age: Babies, Toddlers, Preschool, Elementary

Cost: $6 if you buy online

Beat Kitchen
2100 W. Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Neighborhoods of the World Festival at Navy Pier

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

Date/Time: Sunday March 20, 2016 at 12 PM to 4 PM

Age: All Ages

Cost: FREE

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

Kids Eat Free at Barn & Company

What: Come enjoy some BBQ, bring the kiddos all days Sunday thru Thursdays for Kids Eat Free. Yes, you read that right, 5 days a week, kiddos eat free all day long. Only 1 adult paid meal per 2 kids eat free! What an awesome deal! Kids have to choose from the kids menu. Drinks and dessert not included. 

Date/Time: Sunday March 20, 2016, all day

Age: Limited to kids under 12.

Cost: FREE

Barn & Company
950 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614



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