This weekend we’re testing if it’s possible to have too much fun. Our hypothesis is — never! Put our theory to the test with family equality programming at Chicago Children’s Museum, origami activities at The Morton Arboretum, a Sunday baseball game and so much more! Read on for our Editor’s picks for having a blast in the Windy City! (Oh, and Happy Mother’s Day, of course!)
photo: Chicago Children’s Museum family equality programming
IN THE CITY
Last Chance! Stop to Smell the Blooms at the Spring Flower Show
Garfield Park Conservatory’s Spring Flower Show marks one of their most colorful times of year, which says a lot for a building bursting with tropical plants and flowers year-round. In honor of the Cubs bringing home the W, this year’s show celebrates baseball in Chicago. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Potter Fans
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter series. Track down flying owls, Hagrid-like giants and dragons that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament. Sun. Event details.
Mother Goose’s Garden
One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose’s magical community garden at ECT’s Little Theatre! Join Jack and Jill as they search for Mother Goose and help out a gaggle of your favorite characters along the way. Fri. & Sun. Event details.
Get Those Creative Juices Flowing at Magnolia’s Bakery
Take mom in for a fun afternoon of learning how to decorate beautiful flower cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery. Not only will you take home six of your creations, but you’ll also receive a starter cupcake icing kit to create more sweet magic at home. Sat. Event details.
Discover the magic! Cavalia presents Odysseo, an amazing adventure that marries equestrian and stage arts with high-tech theatrical effects. Odysseo takes you and your family on a spellbinding journey to the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Celebrate Family Equality at Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum is kicking off June’s Pride month events a little early! Kids can transform a thee-story staircase into a giant rainbow by adding colorful ribbons and write their ideas about family on the “What Makes a Family?” chalk wall. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Cinderella: The Remix
Cinderella, an amazing DJ, is stuck in her stepmother’s basement and forced to give up her beats to her stepbrother, Chocolate Ice. When the famous J Prince announces auditions for his Hip-Hop Hollywood “Jam,” Cinderella goes in disguise trying to score the biggest gig in the land. Fri. & Sat. Event details.
Family Sundays with the Sox
The White Sox ballpark experience for kids features special kid-focused activities throughout the concourse and the opportunity to run the bases after games. Sun. Event details.
Annual Spring Circus Show: The Bus on Dream Street
Chicago’s youth social circus organization, CircEsteem, presents The Bus on Dream Street, showcasing the talents of students ages 3 – 18, in a dazzling circus production that is fun for dreamers of all ages. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Kids Nite Out: Cook & Create for Mom
Everyone deserves a night out once in a while — even the kids! Kids will make their own dinner of strawberry stuffed french toast and granola berry parfaits and make a gift for mom. Fri. Event details.
IN THE ‘BURBS
Make Garden Origami at Morton Arboretum
Practice folding paper into your favorite garden shapes . . . will you make a flower, a fox or perhaps an uber fancy fan to keep you cool? This is a self-guided hands-on discovery activity families can do together. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Celebrate Mom at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills
Mothers will be feted at a jubilant brunch in the Grand Ballroom, which is being transformed into an opulent homage to the Lady of the Day, with flowers draped from the ceiling, stunning ice carvings, themed table displays and activities for the whole family. Sun. Event details.
For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.
Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!
— Maria Chambers