Black History Month activities, new museum exhibits and a pretend sleepover. Phew! We’re exhausted just thinking about everything you have to do this weekend! Be sure to leave time for a recharge at home, because you’re going to need it. Read on for your weekend action plan. Bundle up and let’s go!

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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.

Lincoln Park

Honor Black History Month with a Visit to Remembering Dr. King
Remembering Dr. King is a collection of 25 photographs depicting key moments in Dr. King’s work during the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit places a special emphasis on his time in Chicago shedding light on the existence of discrimination and segregation. Fri.-Sun. Event details

New! 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.


Have a Climb at First Ascent’s Wellness Event
First Ascent at Block 37 is excited to share a unique event full of fitness, health and wellness. The day will include Learning to Boulder lessons, and yoga and fitness classes. All attendees will receive a complimentary gift bag stocked with goodies from Block 37 including discount codes, swag, samples and more that you won’t want to miss! Sat. Event details.

Near Southside

Make it a Musical Day with Music Time with Sam
Mr. Sam’s musical performances are designed to not only give children the time of their lives, but to give them a reason to feel special. With over ten years of experience as a musician and three as an early educator, he is more than just an energetic entertainer: he is an engaged teacher. 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.


Fake a Sleepover at Chicago Children Museum’s SleepUnder
A CCM SleepUnder is all the fun of a sleepover, designed especially for little ones who might not be ready for a full overnight. Featuring late night snacks, nighttime activities, and all the fun of a sleepover (without the sleepover part), it’s Saturday night done CCM-style. Sat. Event details.

Wicker Park

Sneak in Date Night While Kids Have Glow-in-the-Dark Fun
While parents get their own date night out, kids can join The Laboratory for pizza and science adventures. How do things glow in the dark? Kids will use hands-on experiments to learn the science of luminescence, how things glow, and create their own glowing objects to take home. Sat. 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.


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.


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 throughout the weekend, enjoy character meet and greets and go on a scavenger hunt to help Emmet find his friends in Miniland. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

— Maria Chambers


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