Forget that it’s a tad chilly outside. This weekend is going to fill you with the warm-fuzzies. Why? Because the smiles and giggles will be non-stop with exhibits, stage shows and even a fest for chocolate on your agenda. Read on for our Editor’s picks for family time that will leave your heart feeling full.

photo: Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity


Hyde Park

MSI Black Creativity: Innovation Studio
Unleash your creative genius and turn everyday materials into solutions for big challenges using the studio to design and test your own prototype and learn how African-American scientists, engineers, tech professionals and healthcare leaders are transforming out city. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

The Loop

PAW Patrol Live!
Set sail with PAW Patrol Live! It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Art & Science Spotlight at The Field Museum
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.

Navy Pier

Heart & Seoul: Growing Up in Korea
Designed with input from real-life South Korean kids, visitors explore Korean food, music, martial arts and kids can compare their home and school lives with their Korean peers. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Brave the chill to experience Navy Pier’s temporary exhibit, Prismatica, a new immersive art installation comprised of 25 pivoting prisms more than 6-feet tall that reflect every color in the visible spectrum, varying with the position of the light source and the observer. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

South Loop

Rediscover Junie B. Jones
Remember Junie B. Jones? She’s back, and she’s on stage! Junie B.’s everyday life is packed with amazing discoveries, cool new kids, and life-long lessons about being a good person and a good friend! Sat. Event details.

West Loop

Last Chance! Learn Something New with My Wonderful Birthday Suit
This engaging production helps children, parents and teachers speak honestly about diversity and encourages all ages to move from simply tolerating differences, to understanding, accepting and celebrating uniqueness. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Red Kite Treasure Adventure
Created specifically for kids on the autism spectrum and their families, Red Kite Treasure Adventure is an interactive experience with live music adapted from Edith Nesbit’s The Story of the Treasure Seekers. Sat. Event details.

Wicker Park

Family Cooking Classes at The Kids’ Table
Work side-by-side as a family to make (and then enjoy!) a delicious meal. The night is a perfect combo of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a delicious dinner and recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home. Sat. Event details.



Chocolate Fest
The Village of Homewood is back again with their annual Chocolate Fest featuring baking and science demos, children’s activities, vendor booths and a variety of sweets, desserts and gourmet baked goods. Sat. Event details.


Last Chance! 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.


Free Imagination Playground, STEAM Activities Hosted by Kohl Children’s Museum
Kohl Children’s Museum is hosting a pop-up satellite museum that will include hands-on STEAM activities, Chagall for Children featuring 14 of Chagall’s works with accompanying activities and Imagination Playground’s “Big Blue Blocks”. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

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— Maria Chambers

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