April Fool’s Day is here, but we’re not playing you when we say this weekend is going to be packed full of fun. From soon-to-be-gone exhibits to dining with bunnies, we have all the ingredients you need for a fabulous weekend. Read on and get planning!

photo: Navy Pier



Chicago Fire Home Game
Root for your hometown soccer teams by taking in a Chicago Fire home game, with a bonus double-header with the Red Stars women’s team. Pregame at FireFest with an inflatable soccer field, soccer pool (billiards in soccer format), a speedshot competition and street soccer games. Sat. Event details.

Hyde Park

Last Chance . . . MSI’s Brick by Brick
MSI’s temporary exhibit, Brick by Brick, is a must a visit if you have LEGO-lovers in your family. The exhibit features a collection of more than a dozen incredible LEGO-built structures and hands-on build challenges and activities . . . and it’s gone after this weekend. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical
Join in on the hunt for Knuffle Bunny in this comedic musical adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems! After losing the beloved toy rabbit at the laundromat, a desperate dad, a merry mom and toddler Trixie learn the power in communicating, even when there are no words. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Navy Pier

First Sundays Free at Chicago Children’s Museum
Kids are invited to explore CCM for FREE! With three floors of sensory experiences and engaging educational content focusing on literacy, science, performing arts and health, the Museum is a place where children are encouraged to create, explore and discover through play. Sun. Event details.

Brave the chill to experience a temporary immersive art installation comprised of 25 pivoting prisms more than 6-feet-tall that reflect every color in the visible spectrum, varying with the position of the light source and the observer. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

West Loop

Now Open! Punch Bowl Social
Experience Punch Bowl Social’s eat-drink-play concept that’s no-fail fun for families with activities like shuffleboard, ping-pong, marbles, 80s video games, bowling, virtual reality and skee-ball. The fun is family appropriate until 10 p.m. and then it’s big kids only. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Wicker Park

Family Cooking Class at The Kids’ Table
Kids work side-by-side with their parents (or grandparents!) to make and then enjoy a delicious meal. It’s the perfect combo of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction and a delicious dinner, with a chance recreate the dishes at home. Sat. Event details.



Breakfast with the Bunny at Brookfield Zoo
Throw down an all-you-can-eat buffet with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny while being entranced with a serenade by the Banjo Buddies. Stop for a photo opp with the bunnies before heading into the park to revel in a day at the zoo. Sat. Event details.


Last Chance to Go Gnome Hunting
Gnomes are invading Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek in the Children’s Garden. Can you find them all? Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Various Locations

Bunny Brunch at the Walnut Room
Devour a breakfast buffet stocked with scrambled mascarpone eggs, french toast, salmon, a ham carving station, fresh-baked scones and more! Activities to delight the tots include a visit from the Easter bunny, face painting and balloon artists. Sat. Event details.

Continue the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Kings Dining & Entertainment is keeping the St. Patrick’s Day fun alive with their Pot of Gold milkshake made with mint chocolate chip ice cream, whipped cream, sweet buttercream frosting, green sprinkles, a rainbow Airhead and an Oreo truffle dipped in gold sugar. Bowl, game and indulge! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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— Maria Chambers

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