April Fool’s Day is almost here, but we’re not playing you when we say this weekend is going to be packed full of fun. From visiting a colorful, real-life Candyland to looking for larger-than-life dinos at Brookfield Zoo, we have all the ingredients you need for a fabulous weekend. Read on and get planning!

photo: Kiki Queens via Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Virtual Storytime with Kiki Queens
Join Peggy Notebaert for a fun-filled virtual storytime featuring friends from Kiki Queens! You’ll hear some of your favorite stories and enjoy fun singalongs. Sat. Event details

Geek Out at Museum of Science & Industry’s Marvel Exhibit
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes celebrates Marvel history with more than 300 artifacts, including original comic book pages, sculptures, interactive displays and costumes and props from Marvel’s blockbuster films. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Spend an Afternoon with the Fishies in Greektown
Created by a diverse group of Chicago artists, the Fanciful Fish sculptures celebrate Greek culture from mythological gods and seaside vistas to the language. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Explore Field Museum’s Apsaalooke Women and Warriors exhibit
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.

Transform Your Home into a Children’s Museum
If you’re missing DuPage Children’s Museum, turn your home into a hands-on museum by having portable exhibits delivered right to your doorstep. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Enjoy the Warmer Temps & 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 spring-time hike. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Get a Jump-Start on Easter with Beatrix
Pick up an Easter Cookie Decorating Kit that includes six Easter-themed cookies and four icings. The kit is available at all 4 Beatrix locations in River North, Streeterville, Fulton Market and Oak Brook. Fri.-Sun. Event details

See Dinos Everywhere at Brookfield Zoo
Nearly 45 animatronic dinosaurs that are BIGGER and BADDER than any dinos you’ve ever met are visiting Brookfield Zoo. Look for these earth-shakers throughout the park. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Visit Jo Jo Shake Bar’s Candyland
Jo Jo’s Shake Bar is even sweeter than normal with the launch of Jo Jo’s Candyland. In this immersive dining experience, you’ll experience over-the-top shakes, biggie hot chocolates, signature cocktails and delicious diner fare. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Intro the Kids to Friends
Get a Chicago-style Italian Beef ready for sandwich-loving Joey because the wildly popular FRIENDS Experience is open! The two-story experience celebrates the series’ most iconic moments. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Have an Interactive Experience at WNDR Museum
WNDR Museum has reopened with one-of-a-kind touchless and interactive installations from artists, collectives and studios locally and globally. 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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