8 Family Friendly Events in January
Family is what it’s all about. Spending time with the ones you love reminds us why life is so special. That’s something that’s easy to remember during the holiday season, but the goal is to remember it all year round. After the luster of the holidays fade, and January sets in with work and school, it’s easy to fall back into the same old rut. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 8 events that you can go to with the entire family to keep that family close and the holiday spirit alive even after it’s in the rear view mirror.
Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group is a performance that leaves you laughing, awe struck, and a little confused (but in a good way!) The premise of the show is simple; three, bald, blue men explore our world. Seems straightforward, but the hijinks, comedy, and interactions that ensue leave you feeling otherwise. The show is packed lights, technology, and music. If it seems a little hard to understand, that’s because it’s hard to explain. The show is unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. They play instruments, some traditional and some not, throw paint…a lot of paint, and have audience interactions. Usually one lucky audience member makes it on stage and gets to join in on the fun. It’s the type of outing the family will be talking about for years to come.
The Trolls dolls that so many of us came to know and love during the 90’s are on their first tour. The show features Poppy, Branch, and the entire gang as they take you on an epic adventure. There is humor, music, glitter and an overabundance of happiness! Can you imagine anything Troll related that doesn’t have happiness? It just wouldn’t be right. There will be a meet and greet, photo opportunities, and even sing-a-longs. They were some of our favorites and now that they’re back we get to introduce them to our children.
Chicago Cubs Convention
It’s been a long time since the Chicago Cubs were referred to as the lovable losers. Ever since they Broke the Curse of the Billy Goat, they’ve taken up a different space in our hearts and minds. We always loved them, but now we expect them to win too. The Cubs Convention offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with the team in a way that you can’t do during the season. Held at the Sheraton Grand Chicago from Jan. 17th – 19th, get ready for three days of all Cubs, all the time. It’s a great event for the biggest Cubs fan, and also a way to introduce the little ones to the team in a behind the scenes type of way. Who doesn’t want to meet the players that they watch on TV? There will be exhibits, meet and greets with past and present players, photo opportunities, autograph signings and more. The Chicago Cubs Convention is the unofficial start to the season, don’t miss out.
Disney on Ice presents Road Trip Adventures
Disney on Ice Road Trip Adventures is a magical event. Join some of your favorite Disney characters as they take you on a journey to the places they call home. Mickey and Minnie lead the bunch, but it’s the other characters that steal the show. Moana takes her to her sun-soaked paradise, Simba guides you on a safari, and Aladdin makes space for you on his carpet as you explore a whole new world! You can experience it all from the comfort of your seat at the United Center, Jan 29th – Feb 2nd.
Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show
The premier marine event of the year is back and will be better than ever. There’s so much to see and do at the Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show that it’s impossible to take it all in. There will be vendor booths from every major brand in the industry that show cases their newest toys. It’s also family friendly, so the kids won’t have to feel like you’re dragging them along to some boring event. There is remote control sailboat racing, a Huck Finn Trout pond, and even an area where the kids can learn to Build-a-Boat. Still interested in checking ‘Sail across the Atlantic Ocean’ off your bucket list? In addition to everything else, there will be a seminar on sailing across the Atlantic held by one of the foremost experts in the field,
John Kretschmer. He’s sailed across the Atlantic 27 times and he’s here to pass along some of the wisdom he’s gained in the process. It’s only January, but it’s never too early to get ready for the next boating season.
Chicago White Sox Festival
It’s not just the Cubs that hold a special place in our hearts, the South Siders have a love affair with baseball too. SoxFest 2020 is the team’s unofficial kick off to the season. This is an opportunity to meet some of your favorite White Sox players, both past and present, get autographs, photo opportunities, and more. Come out to McCormick Place January 24th – 25th and get in on the action.
MLK Museum Day
Martin Luther King Jr is one of the icons of the Civil Rights Movement and a true American Hero. He was born in Mississippi and after leading many marches and demonstrations in the South, he came to Chicago in 1966 for his latest project, the Chicago Open Housing Movement. By living on the West Side, he became one of the city’s most famous citizens. Every year, on his day, the city offers free admission to the largest museums to anyone with a valid Illinois ID. Go to any of the following museums and learn about the wonders of the world.
- Adler Planetarium
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Chicago History Museum
- The Field Museum
- Museum of Science and Industry
- Shedd Aquarium
Winter Wonderfest is one of the most fun and exciting Winter activities for kids. Held on Navy Pier it runs until January 12th, which is a little later than most of the holiday events. If you haven’t had a chance to make it out yet, I know this time of the year gets so busy, take the kids before it closes. There’s so much to do, you’ll never have to worry about getting bored. Ice skating, aerial performances, an inflatable slide, the Arctic Express train, rides like the Cliff Hangar and more! In addition to all that, you can even get some cookie baking in. Don’t forget to have the little ones get a photo with Santa before they leave. Now that Christmas has passed he has some more time on his hands, and they’ll get the chance to thank the man that left the goodies under their tree.