April is in full swing and it’s showering us with fun! Gather the kids and hunt for trolls, spend time with robots for National Robotics Week or climb the (indoor) trees at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Read on for our Editor’s picks for weekend fun with the fam. Grab your galoshes and ready, set, GO!

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Hyde Park

New! Be Inspired at Museum of Science and Industry’s Wired to Wear
Wired to Wear showcases how digital technology is transforming clothes to enhance our lives. From making us healthier, stronger and safer to helping us see in the dark, express our emotions or even soar through the air, you’ll see the merging of technology and the human body. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Attend a Robot Block Party at Museum of Science and Industry
In celebration of National Robotics Week, check out the cool ‘bots designed by Chicago-area students and amateur teams, and interact with state-of-the-art robots. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Join in on a Q&A for Like
Families are invited to join experts in the community for a screening of the acclaimed documentary Like, which is bringing awareness and advice around the use of social media. A discussion and Q&A will follow the screening. Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Get your Nature Fix at Peggy Notebaert’s Tree House
Explore the forest canopy—indoors! Set foot into an indoor tree house and explore who and what is living in the trees through stereoscopic viewfinders, tracking clues, natural artifacts and sounds. Roam from tree to tree to discover the many habitats that trees provide for animals large and small. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Portage Park

Follow Along on The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Go on a miraculous journey with a toy rabbit who has no interest in anyone other than himself, until he learns after being thrown overboard at sea what it is to feel love and lose love and how to find courage to love again. Sat. & Sun. Event details.



Get Creative at Build It! at Kohl Children’s Museum
Kohl Children’s Museum brought back their most popular temporary exhibit, Build It!, a larger than life collection of building blocks that encourages children to explore their creativity while learning about architecture, science and storytelling. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Sing, Dance and Shop at Gurnee Mills
Join Gurnee Mills for sing-a-longs, crafts and fun based on Disney Junior Music, where the music and magic begins. First, find all your favorites at the Disney Store at Gurnee Mills to gear up for your play date. Sat. Event details.


Go Troll Hunting at Morton Arboretum
Something special emerged from the woods, meadows and vast open spaces at The Morton Arboretum. . . unusual creatures, each made of reclaimed wood and measuring 15- to 20-feet-tall. Enjoy these guardians of the forest, who are trying to make sense of the human world and make us think about our impacts on the planet. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Visit Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit brings to life the themes presented in the award-winning PBS Kids television series created by The Fred Rogers Company that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Last Chance! Celebrate at The LEGO Movie Days at LEGOLAND Discovery
LEGOLAND is celebrating the long-awaited The LEGO MOVIE™ 2 with movie-themed event days. Guests can work together to build a mystery LEGO mosaic, enjoy character meet and greets and go on a scavenger hunt to help Emmet find his friends in Miniland. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Visit the Caring Bunny at Woodfield Mall
Woodfield Mall is providing an opportunity for those with all spectrums of special needs to enjoy the time-honored holiday tradition of a visit with the Easter Bunny through a sensory-friendly Caring Bunny event in association with Autism Speaks. Sun. Event details.

— Maria Chambers


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