14 Fun Events for Chicago Families, Sept 16 – 18

9/17/2016 8:59:54 PM
14 Fun Events for Chicago Families, Sept 16 – 18 - KidTrail Pick
Summer weather is still in the air so take a look below for a curated list of fun activities and events in Chicago for this weekend. There are lots of free events such as Movie Night at the Park, Peace Music Festival & Picnic, Free Storytime and free admission at two awesome Chicago Museums.  For a small fee, other activities include a family concert or fall apple fest! Take a look below for details on all 14 events.  For a full list of events taking place this weekend, check out the events calendar page on the site.  Enjoy this weather and happy weekend to all!


Little Miss Ann Family Concert

What: Little Miss Ann is a Chicago kids’ musician who is a veteran instructor at the historic Old Town School of Folk Music. She really enjoys playing music that brings happiness to kids as well as sending positive messages to young souls.

Date/Time: Friday, September 16th at 4pm

Cost: $10

Age: Babies, Toddlers, Preschool and Elementary

The WIP Theater
6670 N. Northwest Highway
Chicago, IL 

Midnight Circus in the Parks at Wicker

What: Midnight Circus presents the 10th year of this true Big Top tent extravaganza. Celebrating community and rebuilding parks, one circus at a time. 

Date/Time: Friday, September 16, 2016 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Cost: $20
Tickets available for purchase at the tent or in advance by visiting: 

Wicker Park 
1425 N. Damen Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60622 
(312) 742-7553

Movies in the Parks: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

What: Movies in the Parks is Chicago's favorite summertime tradition, bringing big-screen entertainment to a park near you!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - When a kingpin threatens New York City, a group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect their home.

Date/Time: Friday, September 16, 2016 from 8:00 PM - 9:41 PM

Cost: FREE

Ken-Well Park 
2945 N. Kenosha Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60641 
(773) 685-3348

Drop Off Playcare

What: Drop off PLAYcare will be available EVERY Friday in Sept. Babysitting provided by Urban Sitter. Your child will be free to spend the morning in our tree loft dressed as a mermaid or Earth Day Super Hero, building with magnetic wooden blocks, creating skyscrapers out of boxes or cooking in our imaginary kitchen all while in the hands of the trusted team from Urban Sitter.

Date/Time: Friday Sept 16, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 12 PM

Cost: $30/One Child, $40/One Child +Sibling

Age: 0-6 years

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

FREE Day at The Museum of Science & Industry

What: On Illinois Free Days, Museum Entry is free for all Illinois residents who show valid proof of residency. No further Chicago residency discounts apply on Illinois Free Days. Omnimax films, Coal Mine and  optional U-505 onboard tours, and certain temporary exhibits are not included in General Museum Entry, and require separate admission.

Date/Time: Friday, September 16, 2016, 9:30 AM to 4 PM

Cost: FREE for Illinois resident, please show valid proof of residency

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


Harvest Day at Garfield Park

What: Simple and sustainable living is happening all around our busy city. City folk are keeping bees, caring for goats, making compost, and harvesting organic fruits and vegetables to feed their families. Come join us for this celebration of urban pioneer living! 

Beekeeping demonstrations & honey tasting
Live goats and chickens
Composting demonstrations
Kid’s activities and lawn games
Veggie bingo and hay bales
Live music and much more!

Date/Time: Saturday, September 17 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cost: FREE

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N Central 
Chicago, IL 60624

Apple Fest at Chicago Women’s Park

What: Come celebrate all things apple! Make your own applesauce, cheer on a worm at the worm race, learn about the Women's Park and Gardens apple trees, make apple art, find out your favorite type of apple, and much more! 

10am to 1pm
Play apple themed games, make a mini bow and arrow, enjoy the apple taste test, & make your own apple pie!

Peel Out: Family 1/2K Run (11:30a-12p)
Apple Storytelling, Sing-a-Long, & Worm Race (12:30p-1p)

Date/Time: Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 10 AM - 2 PM

Cost: $5

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens 
1801 S Indiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616 
(312) 328-0821

FREE Storytime

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 September 17, 2016 at 11 AM

Age: Babies, Toddlers, Preschool

Cost: FREE

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

Chicago's Fish'N Kids Program

What: Professional Instruction by Chicago's Fish`N Kids Program Fishing Instructors. Learn how to fish Chicago's Lagoons and our Lake Front Harbors. Learn how to rig the equipment we provide easily and simply, and begin to quickly catch fish. Fishing is a wonderful family activity; safe, low cost, low impact on the environment, easy at which to succeed; everyone can catch fish. Few things can match the wonderful mental, emotional, and physical effects of sitting near the water while fishing. Fishing is an activity that can, and does, generate memories and a love that lasts a lifetime.

Age: 8 and up

Date/Time: Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM OR 9:30 AM to 11 AM

Cost: FREE. 
You must pre-register by phone. Call Carl Vizzone, (312) 859 - 2395, or Bob Long (312) 656-3852 for more information and to register your family or group.

Northerly Island Park 
1521 S. Linn White Dr. 
Chicago, IL 60605 

FREE Day at The Field Museum
What: On Free Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents. Must show valid proof of residency. Additional Free Days for 2016 will be announced in late spring.

Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 2016. 

Cost: FREE with valid proof of IL residency.

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605


A Walk with Peace & Music Festival

What: Celebrate the International Day of Peace and World Music Festival Chicago 2016, with a day of free family-friendly activities and a procession to Humboldt Park Boat House for the festival.

Hands-on Maker Stations
11 am - 12:30 pm Milwaukee/Leavitt  and Ridgeway Trailhead.

Write odes to peace and make flags with Opera-Matic, make maracas and panderos with Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, silkscreen peace t-shirts with Spudnik Press and print peace signs with Tandem Felix.

Procession, Part 1
12:30-1 p.m. Milwaukee/Leavitt and Ridgeway Trailhead to Humboldt Overlook
The Four Star Brass Band and Los Hermanos del Tambor will lead processions to the Humboldt Overlook.

The 606 Moves! Project
1 p.m. Humboldt Overlook
Take part in “flash mob” style dance led by The 606’s artists in residence.

Procession, Part II
1:15-2 p.m. Humboldt Overlook to Humboldt Boat House
Funkadesi will lead everyone to the World Music Festival and Global Peace Picnic.

World Music Festival and Global Peace Picnic
2-6 p.m. Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N. Sacramento Ave.

Cost: FREE

For more information:
The 606 Bloomingdale Trail

LEGO Build Workshop: Marina City Towers

What: Did you know that the shape of Marina City's towers was inspired by the petals of a sunflower? Natural forms influenced architect Bertrand Goldberg to think about curves during the design process for his city within a city. Between 12pm to 3pm come build your own nature-inspired creation using LEGO and other studio materials.

Date/Time: Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 12 PM to 3 PM

Age: Children under 13 must be accompanied throughout the workshop by a paying adult.

Cost: $20 for public and $15 for members

Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604

Sensory Sunday

What: Join us for an hour of sensory exploration! Rotate through interactive and inclusive sensory stations. Feel free to stay and play for part or all of the hour. 

Date/Time: Sunday, September 18, 2016, 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Age: For children ages 3 and up.

Cost: FREE

400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605

Photo Credit: The Field Museum



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