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 improv to pantomime, scavenger hunts to artsy fun, we have all the ingredients you need for a fabulous weekend. Read on and get planning!

photo: Storytown Improv



Family Night at Swedish American Museum
Check out the exhibit of 22 sustainable housing concepts designed for the northern climate of Sweden. The houses are presented through a series of photographs, descriptions and comments from their architects. A craft table will be set up for children while their parents enjoy the exhibits. Fri. Event details.


Jack and the Beanstalk: A Panto Adventure
Oh no! Princess Rose has been kidnapped by the Giant, Blunderbore. Oh my! Jack’s magical beans grew a gigantic beanstalk to the Giant’s castle in the sky. Can Jack climb the beanstalk and rescue the Princess? Or will she have to rescue him instead? Sat. Event details.

Grant Park

Watson Adventures Wizard School Scavenger Hunt
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down flying owls, Hagrid-like giants, and dragons that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament. Sat. Event details.


Storytown Improv
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. Sat. Event details.

Navy Pier

Once Upon a Castle
This original exhibit invites young dreamers to create their own kingdom in a one-of-a-kind castle themed play space. Watch on as they explore a castle complete with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard’s room, kitchen, feasting table, market and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Old Town School of Folk Music: Carnaval
Get ready for colorful costumes, the pandeiro, Brazilian guitar, fantastic footwork, a Brazilian percussion master, the “queen of the percussion” from Rio’s Carnaval, Brazilian folk music, and the popular circle dance, The Cirandland from Pernambuco! Sat. Event details.

Wicker Park

Kids Nite Out: Cook, Eat & Craft
Everyone deserves a fun night out every once in a while – even the kiddos! Drop the kids off for dinner and craft time at The Kids’ Table. Kids get to make their own meal and work on a special craft to take home while you . . . do whatever you want! Fri. Event details.


Lake in the Hills

Family Bingo Night
Old and young will enjoy this family favorite, complete with beverages, pizza and prizes.  The whole family will play various types of bingo games including traditional, picture, lucky number and more. Fri. Event details.


Hunt for Gnomes and Build Them Sweet Homes
This is your last chance to see the gnomes that have invaded Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek. Can you find them all before it’s too late? Search for them throughout the week and then come back on the weekend to continue the hunt and create a keepsake, light-up gnome home of your own. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Oak Park

Beginner’s Art Studio Drop-In at Wonder Works
Art has never been so much fun! Children and adults explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-ended art experience. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process and children create masterpieces. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.

Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers