The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival brings hundreds of new films from around the world to audiences of all ages. Photo courtesy of the festival
The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival brings hundreds of new films from around the world to audiences of all ages. Photo courtesy of the festival

Things To Do in Chicago With Kids this Weekend: Film Fest, Baby Shark

Chicago parents, these are indeed the times that try men's souls. On this slushy and cold week that has both kids and parents obsessively hitting "refresh" on teacher's strike news and Halloween trick-or-treat forecasts, we're all looking forward to a brighter weekend ahead.

The Chicago International Children's Festival brings 250 new films for kids of all ages to Lincoln Park, and for really little ones (and Washington Nationals fans) there's the sing-along extravaganza that is Baby Shark Live! Pups are welcome to trot the trails at the Morton Arboretum's Dog Admission Day on Saturday, while kids can meet their favorite Paw Patrol pups at the new Toys R Us Adventure on the Magnificent Mile. 

At the Chicago Children's Museum (which is free on Sunday), this weekend sees the grand opening of Cloud Buster, a huge, multi-level climbable structure for kids. There's more immersive artwork to explore at the newly-opened Nevermore Park in Pilsen, where kids can enter a world of graphic arts superheroes. And Day of the Dead celebrations continue this weekend with a Frida Kahlo-inspired bash in Wheaton, free sugar skull workshops in North Riverside, and a Dia de los Muertos festival in Dvorak Park. 

Just in case you're still planning for Halloween while you're reading this (and that weather forecast is turning your jack o'lantern's grin upside down), we've also pulled together a list of indoor trick-or-treating options for Halloween.

Hang in there, parents—you got this.


Facets
1517 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

Toys “R” Us Adventure Chicago
830 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago , IL 60611

Nevermore Park
949 W. 16th Street
Chicago, IL 60608

North Riverside Park Mall
7501 W. Cermak Road
North Riverside , IL 60546

Chicago Children's Museum
700 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Dvorak Park
1119 W. Cullerton St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Rosemont Theatre
5400 N River Rd
Rosemont, IL 60018

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago , IL 60605

Morton Arboretum
4100 IL Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

Downtown Wheaton
134 W. Front Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

Chicago Childrens Museum
700 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611