There's no better time to be in Chicago than during the holiday season (okay, and the summer). From festivals and innovative exhibits to shows and shopping sprees, there's so much to do in this incredible city when spirits are high and people are looking forward to enjoying quality time with loved ones.
And if you happen to be in Chicago with children, you'll really want to make an appearance at the best kid-friendly attractions around the city. One in particular is the Christkindlmarket, an outdoor market downtown in the Loop, which features antiques, German food and beverages, and a souvenir store that's great to browse.
Not only is this market a wonderful, festive spot for children, but also it's enjoyable for adults. Grab a hot chocolate for your daughter and a beer for yourself and have some fun with these holiday-themed activities at the Christkindlmarket in Chicago.
Go to the Kinder Club
By taking part in the Kinder Club at Christkindlmarket in Chicago, kids have access to a scavenger hunt, where they'll learn more about German culture by speaking to German vendors and will be able to run around the market searching for answers and clues. Not only is it fun but also it's educational!
You can also get your kids a passport, where they can collect stamps and be entered in a contest to win a grand prize from one of the Kinder Club sponsors. There will be activities, coloring, and other fun games within the passport, too!
Enjoy Some German Food
Kids love pastries, pretzels, and potato pancakes, so come to the outdoor market hungry. Beyond quintessential German eats, like the above mentioned and other delicacies, like strudel, sausages, and sweet cakes, there are also roasted nuts, chocolates, and warm beverages, like hot chocolate, which will satisfy any kid's appetite. And while the kids are enjoying their toasty drinks, you can sip on German beer, cider, or spiced wine to warm up.
Browse the Antiques
Children are curious by nature, so let them embrace such intrigue by browsing different antiques, like eclectic ornaments (you can take those home for your trees!), hand-blown glass pieces, wooden toys and jewelry. There are also signature German pieces, like nutcrackers and cuckoo clocks.
Set a budget in place for kids if you're worried about spending too much-as they'll want everything!-and make sure to package them safely if you are flying home with them. These pieces may be delicate.
Look for Interactive Activities
Some vendors will have demonstrations, which are great for educational purposes and for keeping children engaged in the activity. Kids have shorter attention spans, so a visual display will retain their responsiveness at the vendor site.
For instance, the woodworker carver station often demonstrates wood carving techniques at the market, where people can then buy the newest creations on the spot. Kids will love the novelty aspect, and it makes for great, unique gifts for the holiday.
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