One way or another, we’re making sure adventuring, laughing and learning are in your weekend fun forecast. Whether it be taking an imagination trip to Nubia, being inspired by Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity exhibition or getting your giggle-fill at a for-kids comedy show. . . Read on for our Editor’s picks for cruising into a weekend packed full of thrill.

photo: Forts: Build Your Own Adventure via Maria Chambers



Laugh it Up at That’s Weird Grandma: Star-Studded Stories
Witness pop culture legends live onstage—or at least pop culture legends as 3rd-5th graders imagine them! Barrel of Monkey performers portray stars past, present and fictional through outrageous dialogues, musical numbers and short sketches adapted from stories by Chicago elementary school students. Sun. Event details.


Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Bubbles Academy
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Bubbles Academy and Little Linguists!  Join in for traditional food, crafts, open play and a performance by Little Linguists Arts Academy instructors. Sun. Event details.

Hyde Park

Be Inspired by MSI’s Juried Art Exhibition
The Museum of Science and Industry’s Juried Art Exhibition is the nation’s longest-running exhibition of African-American Art, presenting more than 100 works of art from emerging and established African American artists. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Celebrate Science with MSI’s Black Creativity Innovation Studio
Learn how African-Americans are remaking Chicago and inspiring the next generation by discovering leaders transforming our city. You’ll also have the chance to show your inventive genius when you turn everyday materials into solutions for bigger challenges using design thinking and the innovation process. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Hit Up the Oriental Institute Museum for Nubia: Land of the Bow
You’ve heard about ancient Egypt, but what about their neighbors (and sometimes conquerors!) to the south? Journey up the Nile to Nubia, a civilization rich in gold, famous for their archers, and with more pyramids than Egypt. Discover the tombs of Nubian queens, explore the history of Nubia and Egypt, and get hands-on with artifact replicas. Sat. Event details.


Show Your Creative Side with Storytown Improv
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. Actors use audience suggestions to bring a different story to life every week. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same. Sat. Event details.

Navy Pier

Head to The Beach, Presented by Navy Pier
Created by New York- based designers, Snarkitecture, The Beach Chicago is an immersive EXPO CHICAGO art installation, which consists of a large, open room filled with more than a million antimicrobial and recyclable plastic balls, along with deck chairs and lifeguard chairs, umbrellas and signage that mimic the sensation of a day at the beach. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Near West Side

Have Playtime with Mickey at Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party
Beautifully told through artistic skating, Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party brings together sensational ice skaters and special effects that will take you on a participatory and magical adventure with your favorite Disney pals. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Portage Park

Play Like Kids at Forts: Build Your Own Adventure
Enter a world of play and creation as Filament Theatre transforms into a playspace to build new worlds. Using cardboard boxes, sheets, clotheslines and more, families build adventures of their own devising. With theatrical design elements of sound and lights working together to support creative play, families are swept away in the adventure! Sat. & Sun. Event details.



Be Enchanted by Trains at Morton Arboretum
Head to Morton Arboretum to marvel at a world of tiny enchantment and watch on as an intricate mini model railroad winds through a magnificent scenery. This two-level interactive display of tree collections from around the world is specially designed for the kiddos because it’s meant to be viewed from just two feet off the ground. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


New! 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.


Welcome Hi-Five Sports Zone with a Grand Opening
Hi-Five Sports Zone has opened its doors in Northbrook Court and is inviting you to the celebration. They’re inviting the community to join in on the festivities with tours, contests, games and an assortment of prizes. Fri. Event details.

— Maria Chambers


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