Hold up. . . . let us catch our breath. We’re feeling a little lightheaded thinking about the whirlwind weekend we planned for you. Virtual classes and fests, walks in the gardens, and a cruise on a fireboat is just a taste of what we have planned. There’s more, but we’ll let you do the reading and planning while we nap. Get out there and make it a good one, Chicago!

Explore Chicago Botanic Garden
The Garden is open for a perimeter walk, which is a 2.3-mile loop that includes views of the North Lake, vistas of the Malott Japanese Garden, and close-ups of spring blooms. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Spring Into Summer at BOING! Family Fest
Chicago Children’s Theatre’s partnered with theatre artists and musicians all over the country to bring you a free virtual one-of-a-kind line-up of music, interactive performances, games, puppetry and more. Sat. Event details

Join Morton Arboretum & Go on a Troll Hunt
Something special emerged from the vast spaces at Morton Arboretum. . . unusual creatures, each made of reclaimed wood and 15- to 20-feet-tall. Guardians of the forest, who are trying to make sense of the human world. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Slip Into Your Ballet Shoes 
Ballet, the Bubbles way! They’ll introduce ballet basics through a thematic storytelling approach, and get your bodies and imagination moving! Fri. Event details

Cruise the Waterways on a Fireboat
Once the largest diesel-powered Fireboat in the world, the Fred A. Busse is now set to share a bit of history with its passengers. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Take a Music Class with Bubbles Academy
Get movin’ & groovin’ with Bubbles Academy via a virtual Family Music & Movement class! Fri. Event details. & Sat. Event details.

Go Virtual with Mr. Dave Music
Mr. Dave is going virtual. Join him for a 30-minute experience streamed from his home studio. You’ll use shakers, scarves and introduce your kids to various sounds. Fri. Event details. & Sat. Event details.

Have a Family Jam-a-Long
Grab any instruments you have at home (Homemade maracas count! Just add dry rice or beans to a container) and join in for an afternoon virtual jam session! Fri. Event details

Shake Your Wiggles Out
The Wiggles are bringing their live show back to fans around the world with The Wiggles – Live from Hot Potato Studios, giving every fan what they’ve always wanted—A FRONT ROW SEAT. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Find the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in Chicago
We let our taste buds guide us to the best chocolate chip cookies in Chicago and are sharing their whereabouts. Take a quick field trip this weekend to give one of them (or a few, we won’t judge) a try! Details.

Make a Few Wacky Roadside Stops
There are quite a few interesting sites around Chicago you can view without stepping out of your car. Set out on an adventure to find them with the family. Details.

Jam Away the Weekend with Rock and Roll Playhouse Live
Playdates may be out for now but Live From The Playroom is always in! Fri.-Sun. Event details

— Maria Chambers

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