From Forts to the Three Little Pigs: The Best February Events & Activities for Kids in Chicago

Thursday, February 21, 2019
It’s all about theater this week, with some great productions popping up that the whole family will love! Not into the stage? We still have you covered!
Photo by Christian Libonati/Courtesy of Filament Theatre
Forts Build Your Own Adventure There's nothing better than building a fort as a kid. Pulling all of the pillows off the couches, draping blankets over, adding boxes—it’s what dreams are made of! At the Filament Theatre, they are well aware of the thrill and they recently added a new theatrical adventure built on this feeling. Enter their stage filled with materials at your disposal to build forts bigger than you! The experience lasts about an hour, but memories for this one will definitely stick! Details: $18 ticket for adult and one child; add-on tickets available James and the Giant Peach at the Museum of Science and Industry On February 22, one of our favorite Roald Dahl productions is heading to the stage. This one-hour production of James and the Giant Peach is being performed at the Museum of Science and Industry and is geared towards pre-K to fourth grade. If you have the day to spend, stick around and buy tickets to the museum and check out the exhibits—it’s one of our favorites. Details: February 22; $8.50 We Found a Hat Head to the Lifeline Theatre for a performance geared towards kids five and up, called We Found a Hat. The story follows two tortoises as they navigate the ups and downs of friendship. On Saturdays and Sundays, kids can also participate in a special noon workshop filled with stories and theatre games. Tickets are $15. Check Out the New Experiential Show X-Marks the Spot The latest Chicago Children’s Theatre production is a full sensory explosion encouraging you to experience the show beyond just your eyes (blindfolds encouraged!). The show demonstrates what it’s like to be visually impaired and need to rely on your other senses. It’s not only a unique and creative show, but also a great teaching experience. Details: Through February 24 Chicago Kids’ Theater Presents the Three Little Pigs From February 20-27, the Chicago Kids’ Theater performs the beloved tale of the Three Little Pigs. Enjoy all of the huffing and puffing, house building and more in this colorful production aimed for kids ages 2-10. Details: February 20-27; $14 Attend Fire and Ice at Maggie Daley Park Take a night visit to the beloved Maggie Daley Park for a unique free family-friendly experience. Hop on the ice rink and be mesmerized by fire drumming, astronomy and other cool activities! Details: February 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Brave the Cold for Polar Adventure Days Embrace winter and head to Northerly Island for an afternoon of outdoor adventure. See wild animals like Siberian Huskies and birds of prey, sip hot chocolate, snowshoe if weather permits and munch on some snacks. Details: February 23, 12-4 p.m.; free to attend, parking is $3 cash only Rock Out with Tunes With Tim at Beat Kitchen Chicago’s own kid favorite Tunes With Tim brings his upbeat personality and silly songs to the Sunday concert series at Beat Kitchen. This all-ages show is sure to have your kids on their feet dancing all afternoon. Details: February 24, 12 p.m.; $6 Explore The World Inside Me The Chicago Children’s Theatre’s newest show, The World Inside Me is all about the smaller set. This performance is aimed towards ages two to five, and it’s about exploring the human body. The show is musical and interactive—perfect for entertaining the littlest kids. Details: February 9-March 3
Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Courtesy of Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group This show is no newbie to the scene, and there's good reason why it’s stuck around so long—The whole family will love all the music, comedy, art and multimedia that comes in this 90-minute show. Stick around afterwards and grab a selfie with one of the blue men. Details: Briar Street Theatre; ticket prices range from $49 and up, with special children's tickets available for ages 3-9 iFly Little daredevils will love the opportunity to indoor skydive, and parents will appreciate that it’s a lot safer than jumping out of a plane. Their newest experience features virtual reality while you fly, immersing you into the film How to Train Your Dragon. Virtual reality packages start at $86.95. Seussical the Musical Head up to Lincolnshire to the Marriott Theatre for a performance with everyone’s favorite Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical until March 31. Their shows are always super interactive and there isn’t a bad seat in the house! Stick around after the performance with an interactive Q&A session with the cast. Details: Runs through March 31; Tickets are $18.23 Juice Box Concerts at the Garfield Park Conservatory The weather outside may be frightful (or totally not that bad, depending on the day), but regardless, the Garfield Park Conservatory is a great place to warm up with the entire family. On the first and third Saturday of the month, it hosts free concerts from 11-11:45 a.m., aimed towards smaller kids, but enjoyable for all. If a concert isn’t happening, there's still plenty to see and do—a children’s garden with plenty of interactive displays, a tropical landscape in the palm house and beautiful rotating flower shows. Admission is free, donations welcome. Jump to New Heights at Altitude Trampoline Park With so much cold weather in Chicago, there's no doubt that there are kids with energy to burn! This brand new spot is the perfect place to do that, with jumping galore: trampolines, ultimate dodgeball, trampoline basketball and more. Plus, there are different interactive climbing walls. Buy tickets in advance on the website; we suspect you won’t be the only ones with this great idea. Details: Single jumper rates are $17.95 for 60 minutes, $22.95 for 90 minutes and $27.95 for 120 minutes, plus $5 for additional 30 minutes; Rate for ages 2-6 are $12.95 for 60 minutes Stroller Grooves Starting on February 5, the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier turn Tuesday morning into a fun dance party. This free noon event features different kid artists from around the city jamming out, from Little Miss Ann to a Bollywood performer. Details: February 5-March 26, every Tuesday at 12 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Studio Three
Childcare at Studio Three Since we all need a break from our kids every once in a while, why not get on a good sweat sesh while your kids are occupied in a room full of toys? This newly opened Lincoln Park studio offers spin, yoga and strength classes, so pick your poison while your kids play for a blissful 75-minutes. Check class schedule here. Nerf Night at Little Beans Evanston Head to this mega play space that’s great for both little and big kids. They host tons of fun special events, including the upcoming Nerf Night on February 22. Kids ages 6-12 can play various Nerf games and obstacles with help from their stellar staff. Pizza and soda are included, and for parents who decide to stick around, $5 wine is available. Details: February 22, 6:30-8 p.m.; $25 for one child, $20 for siblings (includes pizza and soda) Sleep Under at the Chicago Children’s Museum This special event at the Children’s Museum at Navy Pier is not to be missed! A sleep under is the perfect chance for little kids (ages 5 and up) to have the sleepover experience without the sleepover. This one is extra special, with a make-your-own hot chocolate bar, pillow decorating, push pin astronomy and story time from Drag Queens. Details: February 23, 6–10 p.m.; Member tickets are $40 and non-member are $45 Visit Daniel Tiger at DuPage Children’s Museum It’s hard to find a little kid that doesn’t love the Mr. Rogers cartoon reboot on PBS—my son certainly loves all of the lessons Daniel Tiger and friends dish out. Good news! Daniel and team are at the DuPage Children’s Museum to share all of those good tips through imaginative and interactive exhibits. There are even a few opportunities for photos with the lovable tiger. Check calendar for dates.