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While you wait to bid a sweet farewell to winter, fill your weekend with a deep dive at Shedd Aquarium, one last spin on the ice at Millennium Park, and a magical St. Patrick’s Day pop-up. Read on to be in the know about these fab events and so much more!

photo: Shedd Aquarium

IN THE CITY

Garfield Park

Listen to Free Music with the City’s Juicebox Series
With the Juicebox series, kids will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and interact with performers. Also presenting Friday at the Chicago Cultural Center. Sat. Event details

Lakeview

Participate in The Greatest Story Never Told
A hapless narrator discovers his storybook has no text and learns that none of the actors are coming to perform! The solution? Have children in the audience volunteer to become a character. Sat. & Sun. Event details

Visit a St. Patrick’s Day-Themed Pop-Up
This magical Irish pop-up is an enchanting, over-the-top, multi-room, multi-level magical Irish experience. And the best news for parents? Kids are more than welcome to experience the magic. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Giggle with Storytown Improv
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure! Sat. Event details

Loop

Plan a Glamping Staycation at Hotel Monaco
Make the most of a Chicago staycation with an indoor camping experience at Hotel Monaco Chicago. This special package features a sleeping bag, flashlight, books from Hotel Monaco’s Book Cart and a star machine at check-in. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Millennium Park

Last Chance! Figure 8 at Millennium Park’s Ice Skating Rink
Take a spin on the ice with a magnificent view of the city’s skyline. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Do a Deep Dive at Shedd’s Family First Saturday
This day of learning about your favorite animals will include hands-on activities, crafts and time behind the scenes with Shedd’s animal experts. Sat. Event details

Navy Pier

Limited Time Only! Be Treated Like Royalty at Castle
Young imaginations are invited to play in Chicago Children’s Museum’s Castle with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard’s room, kitchen, feasting table, market and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details

THE ‘BURBS

Evanston

See the Ghost in Gadsden’s Garden
The Actors Gym applies its unique brand of physicalized stage-craft to tell a ghastly tale of, interestingly enough, garden tending. Join in for an all-new spectacularly spectral circus! Fri.-Sun. Event details

Glenview

Almost Gone! Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond
Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond features 4 distinct interactive learning areas modeled after episodes that encourage kids to learn about their natural environment and incorporate each TV character. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Schaumburg

Have Sensory-Friendly Fun at LEGOLAND Discovery
LEGOLAND Discovery Center and Austim Speaks have teamed up to provide a sensory-friendly LEGO experience for Chicago families the first Saturday of every month. Sat. Event details

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