Calendar

Event calendar will help you plan a fun day for your little ones. When you are looking for a specific date, just click on the calendar icon, next to the name of the month.

I do my best to be up to date with all the events listed, but please remember that Organizer can change or cancel any program. Before you go anywhere, always check with the Organizer either by phone or on a website. Fundayforkids is not responsible for any cancellations or problems that occur while participating in events and programs.

Dec
10
Sun
2017
BASS PRO SHOPS – Santa’s Wonderland
Dec 10 – Dec 11 all-day

Santa’s Arrival and Preview Event on Saturday, November 11 at 5:00 pm.

Free photo with Santa, $5 Christmas card package, free wooden picture frame, free crafts, free activity tables, laser or foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building area, remote control trucks and more. Visit website for schedule and more details.

Dec
11
Mon
2017
Arboretum on Ice – Outdoor Ice Skating
Dec 11 all-day
  • SOUTH BARRINGTON, THE ARBORETUM – Arboretum on Ice – November 11, 2017 – January 15, 2018. 

Skate on our 7,200 square foot real ice rink with your friends and family. Admission: $12 with skate rental or $8 without skate rental, $8 for children under 3.  Website

Hours:
Mondays-Fridays: 4-9pm
Saturdays: 11am-10pm
Sundays: 11am-8pm
School Break Weekdays: 11am-10pm

BASS PRO SHOPS – Santa’s Wonderland
Dec 11 – Dec 12 all-day

Santa’s Arrival and Preview Event on Saturday, November 11 at 5:00 pm.

Free photo with Santa, $5 Christmas card package, free wooden picture frame, free crafts, free activity tables, laser or foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building area, remote control trucks and more. Visit website for schedule and more details.

Christkindlmarket in Chicago
Dec 11 all-day
  • CHICAGO – ChristkindlmarketNovember 17 – December 24, 2017

The Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago. At the market, stop by the Information Counter at the Americaneagle Grand Timber Haus and pick up a Christkindlmarket Passport – inside are activities, coloring pages, and a special at-market contest for children. Advent Calendar, Scavenger Hunt and more.  Admission is FREE! Website

Hours Open Daily:
Sunday – Thursday  11am – 8 pm
Friday – Saturday  11 am – 9 pm

Special Hours:
Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23rd 11am – 4 pm
Christmas Eve Dec. 24th 11am – 4 pm

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light at MSI
Dec 11 all-day
  • MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY – Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light  opens November 18, 2017- January 7, 2018.

It began in 1942 with a single tree. Today, the Museum’s beloved annual celebration features a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree, surrounded by a forest of more than 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. On the weekends, you can also enjoy live holiday performances. It’s the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof. Website

Ice Skating in Millennium Park
Dec 11 all-day

CHICAGO, MILLENNIUM PARK – Ice Skating Experience one of the city’s finest winter traditions from November 17, 2017 – March 4, 2018 (weather permitting).

Check the website for daily hours of operation. Admission is FREE with free skating lessons Friday through Sunday, one hour before the rink opens. Skate rentals available for $12.

Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum
Dec 11 all-day
  • THE MORTON ARBORETUM, LISLE – Illumination: Tree LightsNovember 17, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Illumination is an award-winning, one-mile outdoor walking tour on a paved path winding through 50 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s celebrated tree collections. Seating, warming/concession tents, and fire pits are available along the route. So are countless photo opportunities. It’s an ideal way to experience the winter woods brought to life with innovative lights, projections, and music.

This year, we’re introducing the Illu-medallion. Groundbreaking technology lets you be part of the interactive light display when you purchase a glowing, wearable Illu-medallion that reacts to the spectacular sights and sounds along your journey. Website

Outdoor Ice Skating in Rosemont
Dec 11 all-day
  • ROSEMONT – Ice Skating at MB Financial Park, November 24, 2017 – February 2018

It’s winter fun for the whole family! Ice Skating is a FREE event. Skate rentals are available for $8. Tickets are sold on site at the box office.  Cash & credit cards accepted. Website

Outdoor skating begins November 24th from 11am – 11pm.
The ice rink will be open every day from November 24, 2017 through January 4, 2018. In addition to special holiday hours, the rink will also be open on select Sundays through February 25, 2018.

The Maggie Daley Park’s Skating ribbon
Dec 11 all-day
  • CHICAGO, The Maggie Daley Park – Skating ribbonNovember 17, 2017 – first week of March (weather permitting).  Free admission, skate rentals $12 ($14 on the weekend), locker rental $2. Website
Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden
Dec 11 all-day
  • CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN – Wonderland Express, November 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018

This is one of the Chicago area’s top holiday “must-sees,” and a family-friendly, made-for-memories experience.  Website

Festival of Lights at Cosley Zoo
Dec 11 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • COSLEY ZOO, WHEATON – Festival of lightsNovember 24- December 30, 2017, 3:00-9:00 pm.

Cosley Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with 20,000 twinkling lights creating spectacular displays, an amazing selection of Christmas trees for you to purchase, hot chocolate, and holiday gifts.  Zoo Admission is free during the Festival of Lights and Tree Sales. Donations are greatly appreciated.

  • Cosley Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
  • Cosley Zoo is open 9A-Noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

The zoo is open 9 am-9 pm daily; lights come on at 3 pm. Website

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Dec 11 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • LINCOLN PARK ZOO – ZooLightsNovember 24–26; December 1–3, 8–23, 26–31; January 1-7, 2018

Winter wonderland with lights, Santa visits, ice carving, train adventures, holiday crafts and more, 4:30-9:00 pm. Website

Storytime, Milk and Cookies at Panera Bread South Barrington
Dec 11 @ 10:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Children are welcome to come in and enjoy a story, music and a complimentary mini cookie and milk.

Notice: All attendees must register through local library website.

 

Panera Bread South Barrington, 100 W Higgins Road, South Barrington
Dates: October 9th, November 13th, December 11th
Time: 10:30-11:00 am
Partnered with: Barrington Area Public Library – ONLY for children ages 2-5

Dec
12
Tue
2017
Arboretum on Ice – Outdoor Ice Skating
Dec 12 all-day
  • SOUTH BARRINGTON, THE ARBORETUM – Arboretum on Ice – November 11, 2017 – January 15, 2018. 

Skate on our 7,200 square foot real ice rink with your friends and family. Admission: $12 with skate rental or $8 without skate rental, $8 for children under 3.  Website

Hours:
Mondays-Fridays: 4-9pm
Saturdays: 11am-10pm
Sundays: 11am-8pm
School Break Weekdays: 11am-10pm

BASS PRO SHOPS – Santa’s Wonderland
Dec 12 – Dec 13 all-day

Santa’s Arrival and Preview Event on Saturday, November 11 at 5:00 pm.

Free photo with Santa, $5 Christmas card package, free wooden picture frame, free crafts, free activity tables, laser or foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building area, remote control trucks and more. Visit website for schedule and more details.

Christkindlmarket in Chicago
Dec 12 all-day
  • CHICAGO – ChristkindlmarketNovember 17 – December 24, 2017

The Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago. At the market, stop by the Information Counter at the Americaneagle Grand Timber Haus and pick up a Christkindlmarket Passport – inside are activities, coloring pages, and a special at-market contest for children. Advent Calendar, Scavenger Hunt and more.  Admission is FREE! Website

Hours Open Daily:
Sunday – Thursday  11am – 8 pm
Friday – Saturday  11 am – 9 pm

Special Hours:
Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23rd 11am – 4 pm
Christmas Eve Dec. 24th 11am – 4 pm

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light at MSI
Dec 12 all-day
  • MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY – Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light  opens November 18, 2017- January 7, 2018.

It began in 1942 with a single tree. Today, the Museum’s beloved annual celebration features a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree, surrounded by a forest of more than 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. On the weekends, you can also enjoy live holiday performances. It’s the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof. Website

Ice Skating in Millennium Park
Dec 12 all-day

CHICAGO, MILLENNIUM PARK – Ice Skating Experience one of the city’s finest winter traditions from November 17, 2017 – March 4, 2018 (weather permitting).

Check the website for daily hours of operation. Admission is FREE with free skating lessons Friday through Sunday, one hour before the rink opens. Skate rentals available for $12.

Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum
Dec 12 all-day
  • THE MORTON ARBORETUM, LISLE – Illumination: Tree LightsNovember 17, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Illumination is an award-winning, one-mile outdoor walking tour on a paved path winding through 50 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s celebrated tree collections. Seating, warming/concession tents, and fire pits are available along the route. So are countless photo opportunities. It’s an ideal way to experience the winter woods brought to life with innovative lights, projections, and music.

This year, we’re introducing the Illu-medallion. Groundbreaking technology lets you be part of the interactive light display when you purchase a glowing, wearable Illu-medallion that reacts to the spectacular sights and sounds along your journey. Website

Outdoor Ice Skating in Rosemont
Dec 12 all-day
  • ROSEMONT – Ice Skating at MB Financial Park, November 24, 2017 – February 2018

It’s winter fun for the whole family! Ice Skating is a FREE event. Skate rentals are available for $8. Tickets are sold on site at the box office.  Cash & credit cards accepted. Website

Outdoor skating begins November 24th from 11am – 11pm.
The ice rink will be open every day from November 24, 2017 through January 4, 2018. In addition to special holiday hours, the rink will also be open on select Sundays through February 25, 2018.

The Maggie Daley Park’s Skating ribbon
Dec 12 all-day
  • CHICAGO, The Maggie Daley Park – Skating ribbonNovember 17, 2017 – first week of March (weather permitting).  Free admission, skate rentals $12 ($14 on the weekend), locker rental $2. Website
Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden
Dec 12 all-day
  • CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN – Wonderland Express, November 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018

This is one of the Chicago area’s top holiday “must-sees,” and a family-friendly, made-for-memories experience.  Website

Free admission at the DuSable Museum of African American History
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

DuSable Museum of African American History

740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, IL, 60637-1495, 773-947-0600
http://www.dusablemuseum.org

Admission is FREE to all on each Tuesday of the year. Free admission for visitors 5 and under.

Free Admission to The Museum of Contemporary Art
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Free on Tuesdays 10 am-8 pm for Illinois residents; children 12 and under are free every day.

Free Days at the Chicago Museums in 2017

Toddler Tuesdays at Legoland
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Storytime at the Pottery Barn Kids
Dec 12 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Every Tuesday, from 11:00-11:30 am, Pottery Barn Kids offers a Storytime and activities for children.

Kids can become a book club member, and receive a special surprise after attending five events.

Website

Free Admission at the Chicago History Museum
Dec 12 @ 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614, 312-642-4600
http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/visitorinformation/#tickets

The Museum is free to Illinois residents every Tuesday from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. and on Commemorative Days: January 16, February 20, March 4, and July 4.

Festival of Lights at Cosley Zoo
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • COSLEY ZOO, WHEATON – Festival of lightsNovember 24- December 30, 2017, 3:00-9:00 pm.

Cosley Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with 20,000 twinkling lights creating spectacular displays, an amazing selection of Christmas trees for you to purchase, hot chocolate, and holiday gifts.  Zoo Admission is free during the Festival of Lights and Tree Sales. Donations are greatly appreciated.

  • Cosley Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
  • Cosley Zoo is open 9A-Noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

The zoo is open 9 am-9 pm daily; lights come on at 3 pm. Website

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Dec 12 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • LINCOLN PARK ZOO – ZooLightsNovember 24–26; December 1–3, 8–23, 26–31; January 1-7, 2018

Winter wonderland with lights, Santa visits, ice carving, train adventures, holiday crafts and more, 4:30-9:00 pm. Website

Itasca’s Night of Holiday Magic
Dec 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the annual village holiday celebration! The festivities will kick off with Santa arriving at the library at 5:30 p.m. Activities include music by the Peacock Middle School Choir and holiday crafts organized by community groups. Each family that attends will receive a commemorative ornament and tote bag (while supplies last). Donations of new and unwrapped toys will be collected that night by the Itasca Police Department to help local families in need. Collections will also be taken of winter wear for all ages, and food and non-perishable donations for the Itasca Food Pantry.

KidFit at Addison Public Library
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the second & fourth Tuesdays of the month for a fun drop-in event that will keep both your brain and your body fit.

Ages 3 & up; drop-in.

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Dec
13
Wed
2017
Arboretum on Ice – Outdoor Ice Skating
Dec 13 all-day
  • SOUTH BARRINGTON, THE ARBORETUM – Arboretum on Ice – November 11, 2017 – January 15, 2018. 

Skate on our 7,200 square foot real ice rink with your friends and family. Admission: $12 with skate rental or $8 without skate rental, $8 for children under 3.  Website

Hours:
Mondays-Fridays: 4-9pm
Saturdays: 11am-10pm
Sundays: 11am-8pm
School Break Weekdays: 11am-10pm

BASS PRO SHOPS – Santa’s Wonderland
Dec 13 – Dec 14 all-day

Santa’s Arrival and Preview Event on Saturday, November 11 at 5:00 pm.

Free photo with Santa, $5 Christmas card package, free wooden picture frame, free crafts, free activity tables, laser or foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building area, remote control trucks and more. Visit website for schedule and more details.

Christkindlmarket in Chicago
Dec 13 all-day
  • CHICAGO – ChristkindlmarketNovember 17 – December 24, 2017

The Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago. At the market, stop by the Information Counter at the Americaneagle Grand Timber Haus and pick up a Christkindlmarket Passport – inside are activities, coloring pages, and a special at-market contest for children. Advent Calendar, Scavenger Hunt and more.  Admission is FREE! Website

Hours Open Daily:
Sunday – Thursday  11am – 8 pm
Friday – Saturday  11 am – 9 pm

Special Hours:
Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23rd 11am – 4 pm
Christmas Eve Dec. 24th 11am – 4 pm

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light at MSI
Dec 13 all-day
  • MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY – Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light  opens November 18, 2017- January 7, 2018.

It began in 1942 with a single tree. Today, the Museum’s beloved annual celebration features a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree, surrounded by a forest of more than 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. On the weekends, you can also enjoy live holiday performances. It’s the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof. Website

Ice Skating in Millennium Park
Dec 13 all-day

CHICAGO, MILLENNIUM PARK – Ice Skating Experience one of the city’s finest winter traditions from November 17, 2017 – March 4, 2018 (weather permitting).

Check the website for daily hours of operation. Admission is FREE with free skating lessons Friday through Sunday, one hour before the rink opens. Skate rentals available for $12.

Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum
Dec 13 all-day
  • THE MORTON ARBORETUM, LISLE – Illumination: Tree LightsNovember 17, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Illumination is an award-winning, one-mile outdoor walking tour on a paved path winding through 50 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s celebrated tree collections. Seating, warming/concession tents, and fire pits are available along the route. So are countless photo opportunities. It’s an ideal way to experience the winter woods brought to life with innovative lights, projections, and music.

This year, we’re introducing the Illu-medallion. Groundbreaking technology lets you be part of the interactive light display when you purchase a glowing, wearable Illu-medallion that reacts to the spectacular sights and sounds along your journey. Website

Outdoor Ice Skating in Rosemont
Dec 13 all-day
  • ROSEMONT – Ice Skating at MB Financial Park, November 24, 2017 – February 2018

It’s winter fun for the whole family! Ice Skating is a FREE event. Skate rentals are available for $8. Tickets are sold on site at the box office.  Cash & credit cards accepted. Website

Outdoor skating begins November 24th from 11am – 11pm.
The ice rink will be open every day from November 24, 2017 through January 4, 2018. In addition to special holiday hours, the rink will also be open on select Sundays through February 25, 2018.

The Maggie Daley Park’s Skating ribbon
Dec 13 all-day
  • CHICAGO, The Maggie Daley Park – Skating ribbonNovember 17, 2017 – first week of March (weather permitting).  Free admission, skate rentals $12 ($14 on the weekend), locker rental $2. Website
Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden
Dec 13 all-day
  • CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN – Wonderland Express, November 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018

This is one of the Chicago area’s top holiday “must-sees,” and a family-friendly, made-for-memories experience.  Website

Festival of Lights at Cosley Zoo
Dec 13 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • COSLEY ZOO, WHEATON – Festival of lightsNovember 24- December 30, 2017, 3:00-9:00 pm.

Cosley Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with 20,000 twinkling lights creating spectacular displays, an amazing selection of Christmas trees for you to purchase, hot chocolate, and holiday gifts.  Zoo Admission is free during the Festival of Lights and Tree Sales. Donations are greatly appreciated.

  • Cosley Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
  • Cosley Zoo is open 9A-Noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

The zoo is open 9 am-9 pm daily; lights come on at 3 pm. Website

Holiday Craft’s and Ornaments at the Bloomingdale Library
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Holiday Craft’s and Ornaments (All Ages, Drop-In)

Wednesday, December 13
4:00-7:00pm
Registration is not required.

The Youth Services’ craft room can’t ho-ho-hold it any longer! Tis the season to get creative with some festive crafts and ornaments. Refreshments will be served.

website

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Dec 13 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • LINCOLN PARK ZOO – ZooLightsNovember 24–26; December 1–3, 8–23, 26–31; January 1-7, 2018

Winter wonderland with lights, Santa visits, ice carving, train adventures, holiday crafts and more, 4:30-9:00 pm. Website

Dec
14
Thu
2017
Arboretum on Ice – Outdoor Ice Skating
Dec 14 all-day
  • SOUTH BARRINGTON, THE ARBORETUM – Arboretum on Ice – November 11, 2017 – January 15, 2018. 

Skate on our 7,200 square foot real ice rink with your friends and family. Admission: $12 with skate rental or $8 without skate rental, $8 for children under 3.  Website

Hours:
Mondays-Fridays: 4-9pm
Saturdays: 11am-10pm
Sundays: 11am-8pm
School Break Weekdays: 11am-10pm

BASS PRO SHOPS – Santa’s Wonderland
Dec 14 – Dec 15 all-day

Santa’s Arrival and Preview Event on Saturday, November 11 at 5:00 pm.

Free photo with Santa, $5 Christmas card package, free wooden picture frame, free crafts, free activity tables, laser or foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building area, remote control trucks and more. Visit website for schedule and more details.

Christkindlmarket in Chicago
Dec 14 all-day
  • CHICAGO – ChristkindlmarketNovember 17 – December 24, 2017

The Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago. At the market, stop by the Information Counter at the Americaneagle Grand Timber Haus and pick up a Christkindlmarket Passport – inside are activities, coloring pages, and a special at-market contest for children. Advent Calendar, Scavenger Hunt and more.  Admission is FREE! Website

Hours Open Daily:
Sunday – Thursday  11am – 8 pm
Friday – Saturday  11 am – 9 pm

Special Hours:
Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23rd 11am – 4 pm
Christmas Eve Dec. 24th 11am – 4 pm

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light at MSI
Dec 14 all-day
  • MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY – Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light  opens November 18, 2017- January 7, 2018.

It began in 1942 with a single tree. Today, the Museum’s beloved annual celebration features a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree, surrounded by a forest of more than 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. On the weekends, you can also enjoy live holiday performances. It’s the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof. Website

Ice Skating in Millennium Park
Dec 14 all-day

CHICAGO, MILLENNIUM PARK – Ice Skating Experience one of the city’s finest winter traditions from November 17, 2017 – March 4, 2018 (weather permitting).

Check the website for daily hours of operation. Admission is FREE with free skating lessons Friday through Sunday, one hour before the rink opens. Skate rentals available for $12.

Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum
Dec 14 all-day
  • THE MORTON ARBORETUM, LISLE – Illumination: Tree LightsNovember 17, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Illumination is an award-winning, one-mile outdoor walking tour on a paved path winding through 50 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s celebrated tree collections. Seating, warming/concession tents, and fire pits are available along the route. So are countless photo opportunities. It’s an ideal way to experience the winter woods brought to life with innovative lights, projections, and music.

This year, we’re introducing the Illu-medallion. Groundbreaking technology lets you be part of the interactive light display when you purchase a glowing, wearable Illu-medallion that reacts to the spectacular sights and sounds along your journey. Website

Outdoor Ice Skating in Rosemont
Dec 14 all-day
  • ROSEMONT – Ice Skating at MB Financial Park, November 24, 2017 – February 2018

It’s winter fun for the whole family! Ice Skating is a FREE event. Skate rentals are available for $8. Tickets are sold on site at the box office.  Cash & credit cards accepted. Website

Outdoor skating begins November 24th from 11am – 11pm.
The ice rink will be open every day from November 24, 2017 through January 4, 2018. In addition to special holiday hours, the rink will also be open on select Sundays through February 25, 2018.

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