Prediction: You’re in for a weekend of non-stop fun. We’d put money on it. Get a jump start on summer with a camp preview at Brooklyn Boulders, check out Kohl Children’s Museum’s new exhibit or test your soccer skillz at Naperville Yard with a skills and athletic showcase. Read on for our Editor’s picks for a perma-smile kinda weekend.
Discover Math in Nature with a Mirror Maze
Discover how naturally fun math can be in a maze filled with mirrors that help kiddos unlock the beautiful symmetry of the natural world. Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze kicks things off with a film that presents how fractals, spirals and “golden ratio” are woven into our lives. Fri.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum of Science and Industry. $18/adults; $11/children 3-11. All ages. Event details.
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Stage 773. $10. Ages 3-10. Event details.
Get a Summer Sneak-Peek at Mayfest Chicago
This fest officially kicks off the summer outdoor festival season (yippee!). Saturday of the fest is a special day for littles as there are fun lessons about health, safety and wellness via arts & crafts, Kids Zumba and Kiddie Boot Camp. Have them taste test various healthy foods and be sure to grab a balloon and raffle prizes. Fri., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Kids Day: Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 3100 N. Ashland Ave. $10/person; free for ages 12 & under. All ages. Event details.
A Detective Game with Cat-titude
This interactive spy story provides the purrr-fect opportunity to show your little ones the mystery and excitement of live theatre. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, gather clues to help Three Little Kittens find their missing mittens. Sat., 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., noon; Sun., 10 a.m. Emerald City’s Little Theatre. $15; $8/children 1 & under. Ages 0-5. Event details.
Engage in Improvised Fun at ComedySportz
This hilarious 90-minute improv show has two competing teams creating comedy scenes, songs and games right on the spot based on audience suggestions. The audience chooses the winner and the show never repeats. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. ComedySportz – CSz Theater. $23-$25. All ages. Event details.
Pasta Palooza at The Kids’ Table
Kids love noodles and The Kids’ Table is giving them what they want – in all different shapes and sizes! Check the website for the weekly menu of yummy! Sat., 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The Kids’ Table Lakeview. $22.50/members, $25/non-members. Ages 4-10. Event details.
Release the Butterflies!
Who doesn’t love butterflies? Experience their beauty as new butterflies are released daily at the Peggy Notebaert Museum’s Butterfly Haven exhibit. Daily, 2 p.m. Peggy Notebaert Museum. $9/adults; $6/ages 3-12; free for ages 2 & under. All ages. Event details.
Milk a Cow at Lincoln Park Zoo
Visit Farm-in-the-Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo to see how a typical family farm combines rural life with modern technology to milk its Holstein dairy cows. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. Farm-in-the-Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo. Free. All ages. Event details.
Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole
Based on the best-selling book series, this tale of the imaginative feline and his Chihuahua pals will capture your child’s attention and take them on an adventure complete with daring circus tricks and endearing storylines. Sat., 10:30 a.m. The Apollo Theater. $15 & up. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
360 CHICAGO Observation Deck Salutes Our Soldiers
May is National Military Appreciation Month and 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck offers two ways to salute the men and women serving our country. All month long, a portion of the sales proceeds from The Yellow Ribbon cocktail at The Architect’s Corner Cafe & Bar benefit Chicago Veterans organization, a community of military veterans committed to helping their brothers and sisters in arms. All active military personnel and veterans receive free admission throughout Memorial Day weekend. Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-11 p.m. 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck. $20/ages 12 & up; $13/ages 3-11; free for ages 2 & under. All ages. Event details.
Hogwash: An Improvised Tall Tale
Fitting of its name, which means “nonsense”, the lack of structure of this improvised show makes it an absolute riot. Kids assist with costume selection and choose a location for the fully improvised story. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-noon. Bug House Theatre. $10/kids; free for adults. Ages 3-12. Event details.
Celebrate Asian-American Heritage Month at Sunda
Celebrate Asian American-Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout the month of May! Spreading out the celebration all month long, Sunda’s weekly specials allow guests to dive into delectable Asian-Pacific cuisines. Inspired by flavors of China, The Philippines, Korea and Thailand, diners find a new, exciting plate each week. Fri., 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Sat., 10:30 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunda. All ages. Event details.
Brunch at GreenRiver
GreenRiver is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Open for the first time on Sundays, GreenRiver will feature an a la carte brunch menu of modern American dishes and new brunch cocktails, perfect for enjoying al fresco on GreenRiver’s stunning rooftop terrace. Brunch on a rooftop – sounds like a perfect way to spend Spring (and Summer) in Chicago! Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. GreenRiver. Menu is a la carte. All ages. Event details.
Play Minecraft in a Movie Theatre
Now your family can play Minecraft in select movie theatres across Chicago with Super League Gaming. In this four-week series, Super League brings together gamers of all ages for a fun, social, face-to-face gameplay experience on the big screen with superhero themed maps and mods in a custom Minecraft adventure called, Rise of Heroes. Sat.; check website for times. Various Chicagoland movie theaters. All ages. Event details.
Foodie Adventure Series: Green City Market Chefs
Join The Kids’ Table for a scrumptious sampling of local and seasonal dishes featured in The Green City Market Cookbook, a collection of recipes gathered from their community of Chicago chefs, farmers, volunteers & customers. See the website for the weekly menu. Fri. & Sat.; times vary, check website. The Kids’ Table Lakeview & Wicker Park. $22.50/members, $25/non-members. Ages 4-10. Event details.
Welcome Smack Shack to Chi-Town
Started as a food truck in Minneapolis in 2010, Smack Shack has chosen Chicago to drop anchor for their second location. Lucky us! Check out their new location in the Fulton Market area, where they’ll be serving up their famous lobster rolls, lobster mac & cheese, corn on the cob, shrimp, oysters! Open daily. Smack Shack. All ages. Event details.
Summer Camp Preview Day at Brooklyn Boulders
Brooklyn Boulders, a dedicated rock climbing facility, is inviting kids to a Summer Preview Day to experience a small sample of what the adventures are all about. They’ll have short versions of activities and mini personal training sessions for the adults starting at 11 a.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Brooklyn Boulders. $15. Ages 5-12. Event details.
Kids Nite Out: Dinner & a Show
Everyone deserves a fun night out every once in a while – even the kiddos! Drop the kids off for dinner and a movie at The Kids’ Table. Kids get to make their own dinner of Scrambled Eggs, Strawberry Rhubarb French Toast and Oatmeal Shakes and they’ll watch Hotel Transylvania 2. Fri., 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The Kids’ Table Wicker Park. Members: $36/child; Non-members: $40/child. Ages 4-10. Event details.
Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival
Travel to Japan vie the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival. Learn more about the Japanese culture through traditional folk tales and sounds of the koto harp and shkuhachi flute. Design your own origami samurai helmet or kimono-clad paper doll. Make a miniature carp kite and observe a tea ceremony. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden. Free. All ages. Event details.
Toys: The Inside Story at Kohl Children’s Museum
Learn what makes toys tick at Kohl Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit, Toys: The Inside Story. This temporary exhibit lets visitors take a peek inside some of the most recognizable toys to examine the linkages, pulleys, cams and circuits that make them irresistibly fun. Fri. & Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Kohl Children’s Museum. $12; free for ages 11 months & under. All ages. Event details.
Chug-Chug-Chug to the Homewood Rail Fest
Hey train enthusiasts, “climb aboard” Lil Obie, a scale model of a Canadian National (CN) Safety Train locomotive and flatbed caboose, and check out the Homewood Rail Fest. This train-focused event has something for every rail lover. Check out a wide assortment of train collectibles, model train displays and train-related activities. Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. H-F Park District Auditorium. Free. All ages. Event details.
Ribbit! The Exhibit Hops into Morton Arboretum
This spring and summer, hop over to The Morton Arboretum for Ribbit! The Exhibit, a whimsical collection of larger-than-life copper frog sculptures. The exhibit features 19 displays of five- to seven-foot-tall frogs taking part in a variety of activities. Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Morton Arboretum. $14/adults; $9/ages 2-17. All ages. Event details.
GlowJump at Pump It Up
The only thing better than jumping at Pump it Up is glowing at Pump It Up. Kids will have the time of their lives playing in the massive inflatables with special FX lighting that makes white clothing glow in the dark. Fri., 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Pump It Up. $8/child (includes either a glow necklace or bracelet). Event details.
A Chocoholic’s Paradise
Chocoholics, your dreams have come true: Long Grove’s annual three-day Chocolate Fest is here with cacao as far as the eye can see. Chocolate-covered strawberries. Chocolate-frosted donuts. Hot chocolate. Fudge. And then some. There is also face painting, balloon artists, art activities, live music performances and more. Plenty of fun for everyone! Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Long Grove. $5/person; children 12 & under free. All ages. Event details.
The Ultimate Soccer Skill & Athletic Showcase, Project 32
Performance United LLC. is hosting Project 32, the ultimate soccer skill and athletic showcase for players between the ages of 10 and 16. Athletes will receive an individual assessment to serve as a baseline to track future growth, as well as understand how they compare against past performances of high school, Division I and professional athletes. Sun., 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Naperville Yard. $30. Ages 10-16. Event details.
Monica + Andy Pop-Up
Monica + Andy is bringing city cool to Oakbrook Center for one month. Expect to see their signature high quality, durable and beautifully designed clothing, accessories and bedding in the new short-term space, adjacent to Crate & Barrel. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monica + Andy Oak Brook. Prices vary. All ages. Event details.
The Awesome Just Got Awesome-r
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center has tapped into that great Second City pride with their famous MINILAND Chicago and lucky us, they’ve added more marvel-worthy Windy City landmarks to their LEGO Kingdom. Pencil in a date to check out the all-new Soldier Field, O’Hare airport, City Builder attraction and 4D movie experience. Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago. $13.50+/person. All ages. Event details.
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— Maria Chambers