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 a traditional Holi celebration, India’s Festival of Color, to a mini maker faire, we have all the ingredients you need for a fabulous weekend. Read on and get planning!

Photo by Himanshu Singh Gurjar on Unsplashphoto: Himanshu Singh Gurjar on Unsplash

IN THE CITY

Bucktown

Participate in a Holi Celebration: India’s Festival of Colors
Celebrate India’s Festival of Colors with Bollywood, Culture Groove and Bubbles Academy! Join in for a one-of-a-kind Holi celebration for kids in Chicago, with Bollywood dancing, cultural exploration, Holi art & craft and delicious Indian snacks! Sat. Event details.

Hyde Park

Be Inspired at Museum of Science and Industry’s Mini Maker Faire
Mingle with some of the most fascinating, curious people—from engineers and artists, to scientists and crafters—in a celebration of local maker culture. Learn how to become an innovator yourself by speaking one-on-one with makers, and leave inspired and ready to invent. Sun. Event details.

Lakeview

Enjoy a Milk & Cookies Happy Hour
Join A Little Photo Studio for a special Milk & Cookies Happy Hour featuring Mr. Nick Davio from the Old Town School of Folk Music! Get ready for a bit of rock, a dash of folk and a ton of fun with Mr. Nick! You’ll sing, dance and smile through original songs and as well as familiar, classic hits from the the past 6 decades. Fri. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Get your Nature Fix at Peggy Notebaert’s Tree House
Explore the forest canopy—indoors! Set foot into an indoor tree house and explore who and what is living in the trees through stereoscopic viewfinders, tracking clues, natural artifacts and sounds. Roam from tree to tree to discover the many habitats that trees provide for animals large and small. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Near North Side

Set a World Record and Build a Website
Have your kids ever wanted to design their very own website or set a world record? They can do both! Join TechGirlz for a FREE workshop where students will learn the elements of HTML/CSS and set a world record for the number of girls coding at the same time. Sat. Event details.

Portage Park

Follow Along on The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Go on a miraculous journey with a toy rabbit who has no interest in anyone other than himself, until he learns after being thrown overboard at sea what it is to feel love and lose love and how to find courage to love again. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

THE ‘BURBS

Glenview

Get Creative at Build It! at Kohl Children’s Museum
Kohl Children’s Museum brought back their most popular temporary exhibit, Build It!, a larger than life collection of building blocks that encourages children to explore their creativity while learning about architecture, science and storytelling. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Naperville

Visit Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit brings to life the themes presented in the award-winning PBS Kids television series created by The Fred Rogers Company that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Schaumburg

Almost Gone! Celebrate at The LEGO Movie Days at LEGOLAND Discovery
LEGOLAND is celebrating the long-awaited The LEGO MOVIE™ 2 with movie-themed event days. Guests can work together to build a mystery LEGO mosaic throughout the weekend, enjoy character meet and greets and go on a scavenger hunt to help Emmet find his friends in Miniland. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

St. Charles

Maddie Rae’s Slime Bash
Take the whole family to experience the world’s largest slime convention where kids can meet, take pics with and buy slime from 30 of the biggest slime celebrities on Instagram and YouTube. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

— Maria Chambers

Featured photo: a traditional Holi celebration courtesy of Himanshu Singh on Unsplash

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