This weekend we’re testing if it’s possible to have too much fun. Our hypothesis is. . . Not a chance! Put our theory to the test with a stage show starring your favorite American Girls, a fun run and a flower show! Read on for our Editor’s picks for having a blast in the Windy City! (Oh, and happy Mother’s Day, of course!)

Photo: American Girl Live! via Amy Boyle Photography 


Garfield Park

Last Chance! Stop to Smell the Blooms at Garfield Park Conservatory
The Spring Flower Show marks one of the Conservatory’s most colorful times of year, which says a lot for a building bursting with tropical plants and flowers year-round. See a dizzying array of colors that will fill your view and blanket you with aromatic blooms.  Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Hyde Park

Be Inspired at Museum of Science and Industry’s Wired to Wear
Wired to Wear showcases how digital technology is transforming clothes to enhance our lives. From making us healthier, stronger and safer to helping us see in the dark, express our emotions or even soar through the air, you’ll see the merging of technology and the human body. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Join in the Fun at Kids Run this City Inaugural Race
Take in the views of the lakefront in this race that supports Chicago Park District youth programming. Stick around afterwards for bounce houses, music, games and more! Sat. Event details.

Museum Campus

Attend a Family Festival with the Fishies at Shedd
Shedd’s Family Festivals include two hours of up-close animal interactions, creative crafts that participants can take home and activities that get guests partying with a purpose. Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

New! Sound Playground at Chicago Children’s Museum
Experience and experiment with the physical and imaginary auditory world while exploring the interactive nature of sound, and all the surprising ways it can be created. Museum goers can play with musical sound makers and one-of-a-kind sonic sculptures. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Celebrate Pride with Chicago Children’s Museum
Help transform the central staircase into a giant rainbow by adding colorful ribbons and share your thoughts on family on a huge chalkboard. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Introduce Your Kids to the Greats with Rock and Roll Playhouse
The Rock and Roll Playhouse showcases the most iconic music in rock history, from The Grateful Dead, Prince, and David Bowie to Aretha Franklin, The Beatles and more, and offers kids the fun of games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out. Sun. Event details.


See American Girl Live!
Celebrate the power of girls and the strength of friendship by joining five spunky campers and their fearless counselor at Camp American Girl for an overnight in the North Woods. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Make it Family Day at Museum of Contemporary Art
Every second Saturday MCA hosts Family Day, a free monthly program where Chicago artists transform the museum and you can take part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours and performances. Sat. Event details.



New! Go On a Brick Safari at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo’s temporary exhibit, Brick Safari, features more than 40 life-size animal sculptures created from millions of LEGO bricks. You’ll recognize zoo favorites as you walk along the menagerie of animals located along a winding, wooded path. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Glen Ellyn

Color Your World with Ballet Hispanico at the MAC
Ballet Hispánico is infused with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape and contemporary Latino culture. Sat. Event details.


Go Troll Hunting at Morton Arboretum
Something special emerged from the woods, meadows and vast open spaces at The Morton Arboretum. . . unusual creatures, each made of reclaimed wood and measuring 15- to 20-feet-tall. Enjoy these guardians of the forest, who are trying to make sense of the human world and make us think about our impacts on the planet. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Last Chance! 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.

— Maria Chambers


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. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.