Family City Guide: Things To Do in Chicago

In Chicago this weekend? Did you know that, with a UNICEF Kid Power Band, any steps your kids take – around the zoo, at the children’s museum, through a playground, stroll through a garden, or climbing a water tower — saves lives?! Here’s our guide to a jam-packed day of fun attractions in Chicago, Illinois, with tons of fun and cultural activities for your kids to enjoy!

Show the World Your UNICEF Kid Power: The Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier is the place to be this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the UNICEF Kid Power Team is hosting a jam-packed day of active fun for families who want to step up their help for malnourished kids. (Click here to register) Some of the Chicago students who’ve been participating  in the UNICEF Kid Power Schools Program will be there to tell you about all the fun they’ve been having getting active to save lives with their teachers and classmates. For more information, read all about how UNICEF Kid Power Hits the Road to Save Lives. We can’t wait to see you there!

Impulse: While you’re in the Navy Pier area from the UNICEF Kid Power event, check out the Polk Bros Park. This weekend, it will be transformed into a musical, art, play space in an installation called Impulse. Fifteen seesaws ranging from 16-24 feet in length, will illuminate and produce audible tones when in motion, activating built in lights and speakers.

Family Yoga: Visit Gratitude Yoga this Saturday from 12:30-1:15 for a 45 minute Kids & Family Yoga session. Great for kids and adults alike,  this $10/person class will introduce yoga posses and meditation, to help learn the basics of body control and mindfulness.

Nature Walk: Explore the Children’s Garden at the Morton Arboretum. This weekend, you can rent a backpack which contains all of the necessities for a self-guided tour in the Garden. Inside, you’ll find science tools, guides and other items to get a closer look at nature as a family.

Lincoln Park Zoo:  How many zoo’s in America are free? Not many. Well, Lincoln Park Zoo is one but that’s hardly the only thing that makes it great. If you go around the holidays, you can catch a great light show and the utterly WOW views of the city on a clear day, especially when the weather is warm, are fab! Bonus: the kids have so much  space to run around—and pet just about any of their favorite animals—that they’ll have no trouble racking up UNICEF Kid Power points!

Chicago Botanic Garden: Not every botanic garden is that exciting for kids. Sure, it can be fun to sniff a flower, appreciate a beautiful color or something that looks a lot healthier than what they usually see at the local bodega. But, that’s a big maybe. The big exception: Chicago’s Botanic Garden, which features something called the Wonderland Express. It’s a train. It’s free (like the Garden). And it’s amazing fun. If you go in Summer, starting around May, they give you a free plant to take home, too.

Pump It Up: The name says it all! If there’s one place in Chicago to wear your UNICEF Kid Power Band it’s to Pump It Up! There are different fun areas for everyone, for every age group. Standouts: the 20-foot climbing wall and bouncy, inflatable indoor playgrounds. Both are as fun as they sound. Just don’t forget to bring an extra pair of socks!

Legoland: Legoland says kids ages 3-12 will have an absolute blast here. Well, we know a few adults who would love this place, too! There are villages to explore that are made of Duplo and the factory tour is so much more fun than perhaps your average factory tour… But two things blew us away: 1) the 4D cinema and 2) the technicycle ride.

Chicago Water Tower: This is a twofer! Visit the Magnificent Mile in Chicago and while you’re on it head to Chicago’s most easily  recognized landmark, the Chicago Water Tower. The architecture is truly awesome-inspiring to all ages and the exhibits equally captivating.


Photo provided by Roman Boed