Not to be dramatic, but can we get a hallelujah for making it to the end of a brutal February? While you wait for winter to pull a disappearing act, spring into action with at-home camps and Zooms or venture away from the house for outdoor play or temporary museum exhibits. That’s not all we have for you this weekend. Suspense killing you? Read on to hear more!

photo: Shedd Aquarium

At-Home Activities

Take Part in Shedd’s Virtual Aquarium Mini Camp 
Animal experts will take kids on a virtual deep dive into the aquatic world. Kids will look nature in the eye during up-close animal encounters and investigate the impressive world of aquatic animals and uncover adaptations that will leave them in awe. Sat. Event Details.

Learn About Black Inventors
Join the Chicago Public Library via Zoom as they take a look at black inventors in America. You’ll learn about inventors from Elijah “The Real McCoy” McCoy to Lonnie Johnson, the inventor of the Super Soaker. Fri. Event details

Turn Your Home into a Children’s Museum
DuPage Children’s Museum is still closed, but you can bring the fun to you! If you’re missing DCM, turn your home into a hands-on museum by having portable exhibits delivered right to your doorstep. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Tour a Submarine with Museum of Science & Industry
See the U-505 submarine like never before. . . from your living room. Scope out this chance to experience the sub and the story of its thrilling capture via a live tour. Fri. Event details.

Mask Up & Step Outside

Ski or Board at Four Lakes
Head to Lisle for some much-needed winter fun and a family romp in the snow. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Check Out Mandela: Struggle for Freedom
Illinois Holocaust Museum’s exhibit traces the history of the fight against apartheid in South Africa. Among many dramatic features and original artifacts, visitors will see a replica of the 8-foot by seven-foot cell where Mandela spent 18 years. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

See Field Museum’s Apsaalooke Women and Warriors exhibit
Hear the stories of warriors who are fearless in battle and powerful women who are keepers of war shields. From 100-year-old war shields to contemporary beadwork and fashion, Apsaalooke members tell their stories and share vibrant works of art. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Last Chance! Family Skate at Maggie Daley
This is the last weekend to take a spin on the ice at Maggie Daley and enjoy the sweet lake and city views. Fri.-Sun. Event details

View Fanciful Fish in Greektown
Greektown Chicago is proud to present its Fanciful Fish outdoor sculpture exhibit lining Halsted Street. Created by a diverse group of Chicago artists, the sculptures celebrate Greek culture from mythological gods and seaside vistas to the language. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Stroll Hand-in-Hand at Chicago Botanic Garden
Even when it’s cold outside, there is plenty to see, do, touch, taste, hear and explore at Chicago Botanic Garden. Unwind on a walk with your loves through the quiet solitude and reap fresh air benefits. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Play Hide-and-Seek with Gnomes & Trolls or Cross-Country Ski
Gnomes invaded Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek in the Children’s Garden. Can you find them all? While you’re at it, you can also look for Trolls and snowshoe or cross-country ski. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Throw Shade at the Cold and Take a Hike
Get a good dose of fresh air, unforgettable scenery and a chance to spy on animals in their natural habitats with a wintry hike. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Luck is on your side because we have loads more to-dos on our calendar—even lots of virtual activities to connect with people, museums and businesses all over the country. Check it out!

— Maria Chambers

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