Kid-Friendly Activities in Chicago

The weather is warm, school is out and you need some kid-friendly activities in Chicago to keep your little ones occupied. Stop the boredom before it starts with our list of family-friendly Chicago attractions. From museums to amusement rides to art classes, we've got a variety of activities to entertain. (Photo: Lincoln Park Zoo)

Updated: June 16, 2010

Family-Friendly Activities in Chicago


Chicago Cultural Center - Preston Bradley Hall

78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

From dance and theater to visual arts, film and music programs, there's something for everyone in the family at this historic landmark.


Lincoln Park Zoo

2200 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614

Kid-friendly and free, this zoo--nestled in the middle of Lincoln Park--is a must-see for children year-round. A host of activities and irresistible ice cream stands sprinkled throughout the property make the zoo an especially popular destination for hot days.


Garfield Park Conservatory All

300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624

This conservatory offers an assortment of ever-changing activities for families, from bee-keeping classes to outdoor educational activities. If being one with nature is on the agenda, this spot will do the trick.


Unicoi Art Studio

2059 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

This Lakeview Art Studio keeps kids' creative juices flowing with classes like painting, sketching and even summer "camp" programs. And the best part? They make the mess inside the studio, not on your living room floor.


American Girl Place

111 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

No trip to Chicago is complete without a stop at this Mag Mile shop--a mecca of the famous dolls of most girls' dreams. Just be prepared to stand in line; this is one popular spot with children.


Festival Hall At Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

With a giant Ferris wheel, amusement rides, dining, shopping and more, Navy Pier offers enough entertainment to keep the family occupied all day long. Festival Hall houses indoor activities for rainy days, and the Ferris wheel is open even in winter--if your kids want to brave the cold--for a fantastic view of the city.


Museum of Science and Industry

57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637

Kids can explore and interact until their heart's content at this child-friendly science museum.