This weekend is one big play date. Cut loose at an arty family day at the MCA, peep the Easter bunny throughout the city and ‘burbs, see real parrots before a screening of Rio 2, and more. Don’t let an April shower get in your way — head out there and explore. We dare you to wipe the smile off your face.



MCA Family Day: Remix
Ready to think outside the box? This family art-making event will stretch your imagination. In contemporary art, collage takes more than just paper and glue. At this Family Day, you’ll remix ordinary objects to assemble something that’s never been seen before. Held Sat., 11 a.m-3 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Bunny Toy Drive for Charity
TThis bunny event will make you feel warm and fuzzy. Bring a new, unwrapped stuffed animal or toy and it will go to Rosie’s Toy Box, an affiliated organization of Lurie Children’s Hospital. The Easter Bunny will meet and mingle from 2-4 p.m. Held Sat., 1-6 p.m. Vanille Patisserie. Free. All ages. Event details.

Nature’s Struggle: Survival and Extinction
Introduce the kids to the concept of species loss at this exhibit. Touch the fur of animals whose population has plummeted. Grab a notebook and pencil and draw the wildlife you see, just like John James Audubon did. Earn your citizen science badge by counting birds, butterflies and plants. Plus, lots more. Ongoing. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Included in museum admission. All ages. Event details.

Logan Square

Dreamtree Shakers Free Concert
Jam to this duo, featuring a performer from the Old Town School of Folk Music. The local kindie alt-folk band uses puppetry to create colorful, engaging tableaux on stage, and dancing is a given. Expect circus-themed songs from their new album, Big Top Tent, as well as perennial favorites. Sat., 11 a.m.-noon. Liberty Bank. All ages. Event details.

Rogers Park

Lyle Finds His Mother
In this world-premiere musical based on the book by Bernard Waber, Lyle the Crocodile takes off with a movie star to search for his birth mother. The plot sounds pretty deep, but this world-premiere musical is heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny. Thru Apr. 27. Lifeline Theater. Free. $15. Event details.

Highland Park

Lindsey Berns Trunk Show
The North Shore native gives you a peek at her Spring/Summer collection, which is inspired by Malibu. Imagine gauzy paisley peasant blouses, eyelet sun tops, woven striped Baja pullovers and easy embroidered tunics. Perfect for pairing with Birkenstocks and a big, sunny smile. Thru Fri. Babydreams. Free. All ages. Event details.


Rio 2 Family Party
Meet some of the real-life birds featured in the movie. Prior to the film screenings, gather in the lobby for face painting, crafts, a meet-and-greet with more then 20 parrots, a photo booth with bird props and a special visit from the Easter bunny. Held Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Hollywood Palms. Free (there is a fee for the movie). All ages. Event details.

Mount Prospect

Capannari Ice Cream Egg Hunt
Bring your basket and don your bonnet! More than 5,000 eggs will be hidden in Moehling Park next to Capannari Ice Cream. Hunt for eggs and keep a lookout for the special guest, the Easter Bunny. You’ll also want to save time for an ice cream break. Held Sun., noon. Free. All ages. Event details.

Which of these events will you run to first? Let us know in the Comments section below!

— Kelly Aiglon

Photo: Museum of Contemporary Art