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9 Activities You Need to Try Now in Chicago & NYC

I cannot even believe it’s November. What’s even more unbelievable is that I’ll be helping light a Christmas tree next week! Zelda and I will be taking full advantage of Chicago activities before the holiday craziness and chilly temps fully descend upon us! 

This is a list of Chicago activities for children in November.

Photo Credit: Garfield Park Conservatory, Briannica, Groupon, Amazon, 900 North Michigan Shops and My Mom Shops

Fiddleheads at Garfield Park Conservatory: It’s so hard to get outside when the weather turns, which can be tough on the babes. That’s why Garfield Park Conservatory has their Fiddleheads series,  it’s a way to make sure their love of nature doesn’t waver during the winter months. Each weekend there is a fresh topic aimed to educate kids and keep them learning. The fun starts at 12pm on Sunday the 13th and goes until 4pm. 

Another Snowy Day With Beatrix Potter and Friends at the Ruth Page Center For The Arts: This show is back after last year’s success! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here, and don’t think this is your run of the mill performance. This is an interactive show, which means babes will not only be mesmerized by their favorite characters coming to life, but thrilled that they get to be part of the fun! There are multiple showtimes, check them all out here

Paint and Sculpt at the Art Institute: This activity is aimed at the teenage set. On Saturday the 12th from 11am to 4pm, kids will get to work with an artist and view the exhibit Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams before getting the chance to hone some new skills themselves. Definitely make sure to register, tickets for members are $10 and non-members are $12. 

Penguin Problems Storytime at Barnes and Noble: Also on Saturday, November 12th at 11am, but for the younger set, is a reading of Penguin Problems at the Barnes and Noble on Clybourn. This fun story is perfect for the penguin obsessed babe. Be sure to grab a snack at the cafe afterwards!

Illuminate 900; The 1st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the 900 Shops: It’s already that time of year! Thursday, November 17th at 6pm head over to the 900 Shops for a Christmas Tree Lighting celebration. There will be appearances by the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, the Chicago Children’s Choir and so much more! This is a festive way to kick off the season. 

Hanna Holiday Party at Northbrook Court: It’s no secret that Z and I are fans of Hanna Andersson, which is why I’m so excited to be part of their Holiday Party on Saturday, November 19th from 9am to 12pm at Northbrook Court. If Oakbrook Center is closer to you they’ll be having a party there as well, same day and time. This is the perfect time to get those holiday jammies!

New York City

The Big Apple can be overwhelming, especially with a little one at your side! Here are some creative things to do this weekend that you’ll both enjoy. 

This is a list of NYC activities for children in November.

Photo Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Covent Garden and We Belong Together

Toddler Storytime in Nolen Library at the Met: This free half hour event has multiple days to choose from, and allows you to take a little break from the craziness of the day. Storytime is recommended for kids 18 months to 3 years.

LadurĂ©e: With two locations in NYC, this will be a hit with the whole family. LadurĂ©e has the most delicious macarons, even if you’ve been it’s worth another trip because they are so amazing!

Brooklyn Children’s Museum: An afternoon at the children’s museum gets you out of the chill and allows kiddos to burn off some energy, and maybe even learn a thing or two! They’ve got something for almost every interest, check out their full calendar here. Admission is $11 for non-members, and if you’re a member or under 12, it’s free!

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