One way or another, we’re making sure adventuring and laughing are in your weekend fun forecast. Carve powder at Four Lakes, take a wintry walk at Chicago Botanic Garden or explore a submarine at home with Museum of Science & Industry. Read on for our Editor’s picks for cruising into a weekend packed full of thrill.

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At-Home Activities

Deep-Dive 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.

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

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

Indulge in a Festive Shake at Jo Jo’s Shake Bar
Jo Jo’s tented Winter Wonderland will undoubtedly deliver smiles with their over-the-top treats and festive food. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Play Hide-and-Seek with Gnomes
Gnomes invaded Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek in the Children’s Garden. Can you find them all? Ready, set, go! 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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