One way or another, we’re making sure outdoor adventuring is in your weekend fun forecast – whether it be ushering in the Chinese New Year or making figure 8’s in Millennium Park. To help you warm up, we’ll throw ya a few indoor activities as well. Read on for our Editor’s picks for skating into a weekend packed full of thrill.

Chinese New Year Lunar Parade Photo Credit_©Adam Alexander Photographyphoto: Chinese New Year Lunar Parade via Adam Alexander Photography



Chinese Lunar New Year Parade
The Chinatown arch is one of the most picturesque landmarks in Chicago, and this is a chance to catch it in all its glory. Fireworks kick off the parade, which winds through the heart of the ‘hood with floats, bands, lion dancers and a 90-foot-long Mystical Dragon. Sun. Event details.

Millennium Park

Figure 8 with a Pretty Sweet View
Take a spin on the ice with a magnificent view at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present Winter Workouts with FREE skating lessons, Fri., one hour before the rink opens. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Museum Campus

Meet a Scientist at The Field
Explore the wonders of The Field’s collections in a whole new way with their Meet a Scientist series. Scientists will be on-hand discussing their work and showing real artifacts and specimens from over 24 million objects not currently on display. Fri. Event details.

Near North Side

Chicago Children Theatre’s The Hundred Dresses
Schedule your brood to be front and center for Chicago Children’s Theatre’s The Hundred Dresses, the smash hit musical about a young girl who struggles with bullying and learns what it takes to stand up to others – even when you’re standing alone. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Paper Hearts, Flowers and Garland Workshop
Cut, paste, paint, print and decorate cards, garlands and gifts for Valentine’s Day. You’ll co-create handmade tokens of love in this one day family workshop. Sat. Event details


Enjoy Firecrackers, Lion Dancers & Floats
The city’s northside celebration takes place on Argyle Street in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, home to both Chinese and Vietnamese communities. Fireworks, lion dancers, floats and dragons ring in the Chinese New Year. Sat. Event details.

West Loop

World Premiere of Manuel Cinema’s Magic City
Manual Cinema’s first all-ages show, loosely adapted from Edith Nesbit’s 1910 novel The Magic City, uses overhead projectors, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, miniature toy theater, and live musical accompaniment to create an innovative theatrical experience. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Wicker Park

Kids Nite Out: Dinner & a Show
Everyone deserves a fun night out every once in a while – even the kiddos! Drop the kids off for dinner and a movie at The Kids’ Table. Kids get to make their own dinner and watch a movie while you . . . well, do whatever you want! Fri. Event details.


Glen Ellyn

Pete the Cat is Sauntering Into the MAC
When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with a new family to learn manners — and boy are they a family of squares. Luckily for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up. Fri. Event details.


Be Enchanted by Trains that Glide Through Every Season
The kiddos can watch trains travel through all four seasons with the Enchanted Railroad. They’ll see bright orange pumpkins in the fall display, and they’ll even spy fluffy little daffodils as the trains sweep through spring. Fri.-Sun. Event details


PJ Celebrates Tu B’Shevat
Join PJ Library and jBaby Chicago for havdalah and to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for the trees! Enjoy crafts, snacks, private admission to the museum and music from Ms. Aimee Leigh. It’s Tu B’Shevat fun for the entire family! Sat. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.

Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers