Oh boy, do you have a busy weekend ahead. We really packed your calendar full this time with Earth Day celebrations, stage shows, a chance to kick it old school and so much more. Read on for our Editor’s picks for the best ways to explore with the fam.

photo: Sunday Funday at 360 CHICAGO



Real Secret Superpowers
While parents get a night out, kids join The Laboratory for a tasty pizza dinner and a unique hands-on workshop. Kids will explore the worlds beneath their feet and above their heads and, using engineering, chemistry, stories, imagination and creativity, they will unearth the secret superpowers of insects. Sat. Event details.


Storytown Improv
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. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. Sat. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical
Join in on the hunt for Knuffle Bunny in this comedic musical adaptation of the popular book by Mo Willems! After losing a beloved toy rabbit at the laundromat, a desperate dad, a merry mom and toddler Trixie learn the power in communicating, even when there are no words. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Grand Opening of enerGEEwhizz
Be one of the first to see this newcomer to the world of kid-centric fitness that will blow your mind and enjoy an afternoon of kids’ classes, a DJ, food by Wise Apple and giveaways. Fri. Event details.

Mag Mile

Sunday Funday at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck
Sure, sleeping ’til noon on a Sunday is swell, but what’s even better is 360 CHICAGO’s Sunday Funday. Infuse a little excitement into your life by taking the family to the 94th floor for a little magic, a little music and a whole lot of amazing Chicago views. Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Earthfest at Adler Planetarium
Kids of all ages will learn about the impacts humans have had on the world, both intentional and unintentional. Be a part of the discussion on how our species continues to shape our environment and celebrate the planet we call home. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Art & Science Spotlight at Field Museum
On the third Saturday of every month, the Crown Family PlayLab invites visitors to join in for special programs that bring storytellers, musicians, painters and other performers to the Museum to interact with your littles. Sat. Event details.



Earth Day Party at Brookfield Zoo
Every day is Earth Day at this wild, wonderful spot, but this special day is filled with educational and fun activities for the entire family including tree planting, pansy planting, zoo chats, over 40 earth-friendly vendors, a recycling event and more. Sun. Event details.


Celebrate Earth Day at Unearth Science Fest
Best way to learn science is to DO science. The Unearth Science Fest features hands-on activities, demos and experiments that will help kids explore the natural world with a full weekend of programming. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Build-A-Tree Eco-Workshop
Morton Arboretum invites families to participate in a self-guided, hands-on discovery activity using natural and recycled materials to create a nature keepsake. A bottle cap tree, a newspaper bird, a popsicle flower . . . where will your creativity lead you? Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Maifest at Hofbräuhaus Chicago
Hofbräuhaus Chicago, the first and only German micro-brewery, restaurant and beer hall in the Chicago area, will celebrate the spring season with a traditional Maifest celebration with unmatched German entertainment, new menu items and a special Maibock beer. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

West Chicago

Now Open: Old School Fun at Cascade Drive-In
Blow your kids’ minds. Park the car, sit in front of one of the nation’s largest outdoor movie screens and offer them a dose of yesteryear with a blockbuster double feature under the stars. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Cosley’s Zoo Part for the Planet
This zoo is small (just five acres!) but mighty — especially for Earth Day. Stop by its annual party to learn about a wide variety of conservation efforts related to nature and wildlife. Be sure to say hello to the bobcats while you’re there and eat a slice of Earth Day Cake! Sat. Event details.

Share your weekend plans in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers

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. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.