Children need to stay occupied to keep them from eating dirt because it looks like chocolate cake or eating chocolate cake, which they are also not allowed to have right now. Keep their hands busy with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $5 for single-day fair admission for two children aged 3–13 (up to a $10 value)
- $7 for single-day fair admission for one adult and one child (up to a $15 value)
- $10 for single-day fair admission for two adults (up to a $20 value)
Inside Navy Pier's Festival Hall A, the two-day Chicago Toy & Game Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, presenting attendees with toys and games from around the world. This year's events include a yo-yoing contest, performances from Blue's Clues Live, and a national Settlers of Catan qualifying competition. More than 100 companies will be previewing new games, including Bananagrams, Goliath Games, and PlaSmart. Children's favorite Elmo, from Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music, will visit the fair from 10 a.m.—11 a.m. on Saturday, November 17. Educators and librarians, scouts in uniform, and active or retired service members get in free.
Though this merchant sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
Chicago Toy & Game Fair
When game creator Mary Couzin attended the Essen Game Fair in Germany in 2001, she was moved to see the reverence with which European crowds greeted their toy and game designers. Two years later, she'd founded the first Chicago Toy & Game Fair at Navy Pier. In the city where beloved playthings including Beanie Babies and Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots were created, Couzin continues to throw a annual two-day extravaganza the weekend before Thanksgiving. Along with international guests, inventors of classics such as Jenga and Operation gather to sign copies of their famous creations. Giant toys and games grace the festival hall, tournaments challenge competitors to prove their yo-yo skills and Settlers of Catan strategies, and Star Wars fans gather for lunch in costume. Throughout the event, various costumed characters will also be present, wandering amid the exhibits.