15 FUN Memorial Day Weekend Kids Events in Chicago

5/26/2016 9:12:04 AM
15 FUN Memorial Day Weekend Kids Events in Chicago - KidTrail Pick
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The long Memorial Day weekend is a time to honor all those that died while serving in the armed forces. This list provides 15 activities for kiddos in Chicago during the long weekend. You don’t want to miss the Memorial Day parade on Saturday which kicks off with a wreath laying ceremony.  It is a wonderful parade to show support and honor those who served and died.  A great way to kickstart the long weekend. Other fun events include a magic show, Mole de Mayo street festival in Pilsen and Bike the Drive to name a few.  Enjoy the long weekend! 

FRIDAY MAY 27, 2016

Daily Activities at Lincoln Park Zoo

What: Lincoln Park is always a fun adventure with the kiddos.  They make it even more fun with daily activities to keep kiddos engaged with the animals. The following are some fun activities scheduled daily to enhance your visit to the Zoo. 

10 a.m.
Cow Milking
Location: Farm-in-the-Zoo
See how a typical family farm combines rural life with modern technology to milk its Holstein dairy cows.

11 a.m.
Meet an Animal
Location: Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House
From nose to tail, scales to fur, the zoo’s ambassador animals offer a hands-on connection with wildlife.

1:30 p.m.
Ape Cognition and Care
Location: Regenstein Center for African Apes
Join us at Regenstein Center for African Apes to see how gorillas and chimpanzees participate in their own care.

2:30 p.m.
Free Flight Feeding
Location: McCormick Bird House
View birds from around the world as they flock together during this live feeding.

3 p.m.
Cow Milking
Location: Farm-in-the-Zoo
See how a typical family farm combines rural life with modern technology to milk its Holstein dairy cows.

Baby Disco Party at Little Beans

What: Join us for a disco party. We’ll have a DJ and dancing under the disco lights, a costume contest, glowing snacks, play and pizza.

Date/Time: Friday 5/27/2016 at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Cost: $30 for one child, $50 for two and $65 for three.

Little Beans Play Café
1809 W. Webster
Chicago, IL 60614

Lurie Garden Tour

What: Visit our information tent to get your questions answered or take a short guided tour to learn about the Lurie Garden’s design and history, our perennial plans, and the wildlife that fills the garden. Tours last approximately 20 minutes and depart every 15-20 minutes. 

The Lurie Garden is located at the southeastern end of Millennium Park. No registration required.

Date/Time:  11 AM - 1:15 PM on Fridays

Cost: Free

Lurie Garden
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

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: Kids eat FREE Daily from 4:30 to 6 PM.

Cost: Free. Kids eat FREE is limited to ages 12 and under. Two kids meals free with each paying adult, kids must choose from the kids menu.

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


Memorial Day Parade

What: Chicago's Memorial Day Parade honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.

The Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin at 11am at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets). The parade will step off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. The Chicago parade is considered one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Since 1870, Memorial Day parades have graced the streets of Chicago.

Date/Time: Saturday May 28, 2016 from 11 AM

Cost: Free

State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren
State St. & Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Mole de Mayo Street Festival

What: Being held at Ashland and 18th Street in Chicago’s historic Pilsen neighborhood, the 7th annual Mole de Mayo festival will feature mole, pitting local chefs and restaurants against one another to find out whose version of the Mexican staple is best. 

In addition, the outdoor festival will also feature a number of the city’s finest food vendors, an open-air Mercado/Market that will be filled to the brim with local Pilsen businesses and crafters.

Date/Time: Friday May 27, Sunday May 28 and Sunday May 29, 2016. Friday 5pm – 10pm, Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 10pm.

Cost: Donation suggested to enter

18TH Street at Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 

Randy’s Magic Show

What: Randy’s Magic Show captures children’s attention and sparks their imagination. Randy’s show is rich in magic, comedy, music, storytelling, audience participation and much more. The show has something for everyone.  Even adults will laugh out loud and have a fantastic time.

Date/Time: Saturday May 28, 2016 at 11 AM

Cost: $10 per ticket

The WIP Theater
6670 N. Northwest Highway
Chicago, IL 

Free Storytime at Barnes & Noble

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 May 28, 2016 at 11 AM

Cost: Free

Barnes & Noble
1441 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

SUNDAY MAY 29, 2016

Bike the Drive on Lake Shore Drive

What: Kick-Off the Summer with MB Bike the Drive. Once a year, people on two wheels own Lake Shore Drive during MB Bike the Drive! See a sunrise over Lake Michigan, hear the birds chirp and enjoy the views of Chicago’s skyline as you experience the best of the city by bike. Come celebrate 15 years of this iconic summertime starter! 

Date/Time: Sunday May 29, 2016

Cost: Adult registration is $48. Kids 17 and under is $17. Includes event t-shirt.

Location: For your safety, all participants must start at one of the below locations. 
Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive
Bryn Mawr Rest Stop
Museum of Science and Industry Rest Stop (57th Street)
Fullerton Checkpoint
Oakwood Checkpoint
Celebrate India at Navy Pier

For more information and to register:

Concert for Kids

What: Join Beat Kitchen, an eclectic bar and grill with a fun concert space in the back. Come early and have some brunch with the family and then head to the concert space for a super fun and exciting kids concert! Kids Concert is full of music, song and dance so make sure you have your dancing shoes on. Listed below is schedule of performers.

Performer: Miss Jamie From The Farm

Date/Time: Sunday May 29, 2016 at 12 PM. Doors open at 11 AM.

Cost: $6 to $7 per ticket. Buy online to reserve a spot. Or you can buy at the door.

Beat Kitchen
2100 W. Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Family and Kids Yoga

What: Open to all ages! It is recommended that children are at least walking to be able to fully participate in this class, pre-walking siblings are always welcome to join their older siblings. Introduce yoga to your kids at a young age! Our family class incorporates breathing, dancing, partner poses, games, story time and relaxation so that the whole family can enjoy the benefits of yoga.

Date/Time: Sunday May 29, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Cost: Come to one of our family-oriented classes and pay just $12/family (up to 4 family members) for a single class. $5/additional child. Kids under 1 year are always free.

Tula Yoga Studio
2827 W. Belden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Kids Eat Free at Foodlife

What: Every Sunday from 5 – 7pm, kids can make their own pizza for free.  It is an awesome deal as they offer three free kids meals for every adult meal purchased.  Each kiddo can design his or her own pizza, baked by a Foodlife chef.  To top it off, they can eat their creations while enjoying a classic kids movie on the big screen.  How cool is that!? And, adults can purchase a meal from any of the kitchens within Foodlife.  So, if your kiddo is craving pizza, this is the place to be! What a great way to spice up your Sunday night!  

Limited to children 10 and under.

Date/Time: Every Sunday from 5 – 7 PM

Cost: Free for kids

Foodlife at Water Tower
835 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

MONDAY MAY 30, 2016

Open Family Jump at Pump it Up

What: Join us on Memorial Day Monday for a 2 hour Open Jump event. Keep busy before all the BBQs and fireworks kick off. $12 per child, includes 2 hours in Arenas A and B. Socks and a signed waiver are required. Open to all ages, parents are free. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Punch card holders may call to reserve.

Date/Time: Monday 5/30/2016 at 10 AM to 12 PM or 12:15 PM to 2:15 PM

Cost: $12 per child, includes 2 hours in Arenas A and B.

Pump It Up Chicago
821 W. Eastman
Chicago, IL 60642

Drop in Music Class with Mr. Dave

What: Rock out with Mr. Dave at Sprout San Francisco! Fun for ages 0 - 3. Each ticket is good for 1 child plus adult. Adult attendance required. One adult per child. Please do not bring snacks to class.

Please register to guarantee a space in class. If there are spaces available at the time classes begin, cash will be accepted at the door on a first come, first served basis.

Monday Classes with Mr. Dave
10:15 - 10:55 AM
11:15 - 11:55 AM
12:15 - 12:55 PM

Cost: $15 per class, includes 1 child and 1 adult

Sprout San Francisco
1943 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622

Free Morning Glories

What: Enjoy learning together with your little one during this weekly drop-in session. Activities are fun, interactive, and encourage children’s curiosity about the natural world. Children and their care-givers rotate to different stations around the Children’s Garden. Stations include planting projects, soil digging stations, tours, story-time, and more. Adult supervision is required for participation in the Morning Glories Program.

Date/Time: Monday May 30, 2016 from 10 AM to Noon

Cost: Free but donations for material cost appreciated.

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

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