An eventful January zipped on by us and now here we are at the doorstep of the first full weekend of February. Whether you want to step out and enjoy museum re-openings or wintry adventures or stick close to home, you’re in for a weekend of memory-making. Read on for to-do list inspiration.

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At-Home Activities

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.

Ready Your Pipes for a Virtual Music Class 
Get movin’ & groovin’ with Bubbles Academy in a Virtual Family Music & Movement class! Fri. Event details

Have Wholesome Fun & Watch a Puppet Show
Let Chicago Children’s Theatre bring Leo Lionni’s award-winning picture book, Frederick, alive via a clever and colorful virtual puppet show. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Kick Off the Weekend with Mr. Dave
This 30-minute musical experience is designed to keep kids active and happy with engaging music and storytelling. 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

Visit a Museum!
Chicago has some of the best museums in the world! With new COVID-19 protocols in place, some are slowly allowing in-person visits. Pay a visit to Shedd, Field Museum or Kohl Children’s Museum! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Appreciate the Season’s Simple Pleasures 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 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.

Bundle the Babes & Learn About Chicago
Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Walkie Talkie’s audio experience will send you on a self-guided tour through a Chicago neighborhood. Fri.-Sun. More details

Ice Skate & Take in the Views
The Maggie Daley Park ice skating ribbon is one of the best spots in the city to skate a figure eight. The railing that lines the loop is the perfect pick-me-up for wobbly skaters and the city views are spectacular. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Show Off Your Ice Skating Skills at The Forge
Spin your way through the weekend with a classic winter activity! The Forge’s Ice Skating Shelf is the perfect backdrop for family memory-making. 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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