This weekend we’re testing if it’s possible to have too much fun. Our hypothesis is — never! Put our theory to the test with a pre-historic sleepover, live stage shows, fun with cows and so much more! Read on for our Editor’s picks for weekend fun in the Windy City!
photo: Museum of Science and Industry
Discover Math in Nature with a Mirror Maze
Discover how naturally fun math can be in a maze filled with mirrors that help kiddos unlock the beautiful symmetry of the natural world. Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze kicks things off with a film that presents how fractals, spirals and “golden ratio” are woven into our lives. Fri.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum of Science and Industry. $18/adults; $11/children 3-11. All ages. Event details.
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. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Stage 773. $10. Ages 3-10. Event details.
A Detective Game with Cat-titude
This interactive spy story provides the purrr-fect opportunity to show your little ones the mystery and excitement of live theatre. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, gather clues to help Three Little Kittens find their missing mittens. Fri., 10 a.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., noon; Sun., 10 a.m. Emerald City’s Little Theatre. $15; $8/children 1 & under. Ages 0-5. Event details.
Engage in Improvised Fun at ComedySportz
This hilarious 90-minute improv show has two competing teams creating comedy scenes, songs and games right on the spot based on audience suggestions. The audience chooses the winner and the show never repeats. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. ComedySportz – CSz Theater. $23-$25. All ages. Event details.
Kid Classic Cooking Series: Pasta Palooza
Kids love noodles and The Kids’ Table is giving them what they want – in all different shapes and sizes! Check the website for the weekly menu of yummy! Sat., 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The Kids’ Table Lakeview. $22.50/members, $25/non-members. Ages 4-10. Event details.
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 Build-Your-Own Mac n’ Cheese and fruit kabobs and they’ll decorate an upcycled pot and plant seedlings. Fri., 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The Kids’ Table Lakeview. Members: $36/child; Non-members: $40/child. Ages 4-10. Event details.
Release the Butterflies!
Who doesn’t love butterflies? Experience their beauty as new butterflies are released daily at the Peggy Notebaert Museum’s Butterfly Haven exhibit. Daily, 2 p.m. Peggy Notebaert Museum. $9/adults; $6/ages 3-12; free for ages 2 & under. All ages. Event details.
Milk a Cow at Lincoln Park Zoo
Visit Farm-in-the-Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo to see how a typical family farm combines rural life with modern technology to milk its Holstein dairy cows. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. Farm-in-the-Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo. Free. All ages. Event details.
Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole
Based on the best-selling book series, this tale of the imaginative feline and his Chihuahua pals will capture your child’s attention and take them on an adventure complete with daring circus tricks and endearing storylines. Sat., 10:30 a.m. The Apollo Theater. $15 & up. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Zoo-ologie 2016: Urban Zoo-Fari
The Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo is proud to host its sixth annual Zoo-ologie fundraiser. Zoo-ologie 2016 will offer an Urban Zoo-Fari, transporting guests to faraway destinations within our beloved city. Sat., 8 p.m.-midnight. $135 in advance; $150 at the door. Ages 21+. Event details.
360 CHICAGO Observation Deck Salutes Our Soldiers
May is National Military Appreciation Month and 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck offers two ways to salute the men and women serving our country. All month long, a portion of the sales proceeds from The Yellow Ribbon cocktail at The Architect’s Corner Cafe & Bar benefit Chicago Veterans organization, a community of military veterans committed to helping their brothers and sisters in arms. All active military personnel and veterans receive free admission throughout Memorial Day weekend. Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-11 p.m. 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck. $20/ages 12 & up; $13/ages 3-11; free for ages 2 & under. All ages. Event details.
Have a Sleepover with a T-Rex
The lights will dim as you explore the rituals of ancient Egyptian culture, guided by the light of your flashlight. Next, you prowl an African savannah with giraffes, hippos and man-eating lions. Take a break by playing games from around the world or looking at giant bugs from right in your backyard. Cap your night of exploration and adventure with cozy bedtime stories, before drifting off to dreamland in one of their amazing exhibits. Fri., 5:45 p.m.-Sat., 9 a.m. The Field Museum. $65+/person. Ages 6-12. Event details.
Mathemania at Chicago Children’s Museum
The Chicago Children’s Museum is doing math BIG — and small. Join them everyday during the months of March and April for different math activities calculated to inspire a love of math in every child. Daily, 11:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m. Navy Pier. $14; free for children under 1. All ages. Event details.
Hogwash: An Improvised Tall Tale
Fitting of it’s name, which means “nonsense”, the lack of structure of this improvised show makes it an absolute riot. Kids assist with costume selection and choose a location for the fully improvised story. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-noon. Bug House Theatre. $10/kids; free for adults. Ages 3-12. Event details.
Celebrate Asian-American Heritage Month at Sunda
Celebrate Asian American-Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout the month of May! Spreading out the celebration all month long, Sunda’s weekly specials allow guests to dive into delectable Asian-Pacific cuisines. Inspired by flavors of China, The Philippines, Korea and Thailand, diners find a new, exciting plate each week. Fri., 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Sat., 10:30 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunda. All ages. Event details.
Play Minecraft in a Movie Theatre
Now your family can play Minecraft in select movie theatres across Chicago with Super League Gaming. In this four-week series, Super League brings together gamers of all ages for a fun, social, face-to-face gameplay experience on the big screen with superhero themed maps and mods in a custom Minecraft adventure called, Rise of Heroes. Sat.; check website for times. Various Chicagoland movie theaters. All ages. Event details.
Foodie Adventure Series: Green City Market Chefs
Join The Kids’ Table for a scrumptious sampling of local and seasonal dishes featured in The Green City Market Cookbook, a collection of recipes gathered from their community of Chicago chefs, farmers, volunteers & customers. See the website for the weekly menu. Fri. & Sat.; times vary, check website. The Kids’ Table Wicker Park & Lakeview. $22.50/members, $25/non-members. Ages 4-10. Event details.
FREE Safety Day Event at Goldfish Swim School
Goldfish Swim School Evanston, Naperville and Plainfield are hosting a Safety Day! This event is FREE and open to the public. It will feature activities for the whole family, including open swim with certified lifeguards on duty, along with other safety-related family activities. Come prepared with swimsuits and towels! Sat., various times. Gold Fish Swim School. Free. All ages. Event details.
Welcome Smack Shack to Chi-Town
Started as a food truck in Minneapolis in 2010, Smack Shack has chosen Chicago to drop anchor for their second location. Lucky us! Check out their new location in the Fulton Market area, where they’ll be serving up their famous lobster rolls, lobster mac & cheese, corn on the cob, shrimp, oysters! Open daily. Smack Shack. All ages. Event details.
Lake County’s 15th Annual Fire Safety Expo
Back by popular demand, Lake County’s Fire Safety Expo will return with their free interactive event, sponsored by the Lake County Fire Chiefs Association. Multiple safety teams will demonstrate the latest fire prevention tips and give families and opportunity to learn through interactive activities while enjoy food, refreshments and prizes. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Gurnee Mills. Free. All ages. Event details.
Ribbit! The Exhibit Hops into Morton Arboretum
This spring and summer, hop over to The Morton Arboretum for Ribbit! The Exhibit, a whimsical collection of larger-than-life copper frog sculptures. The exhibit features 19 displays of five- to seven-foot-tall frogs taking part in a variety of activities. Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Morton Arboretum. $14/adults; $9/ages 2-17. All ages. Event details.
GlowJump at Pump It Up
The only thing better than jumping at Pump it Up is glowing at Pump It Up. Kids will have the time of their lives playing in the massive inflatables with special FX lighting that makes white clothing glow in the dark. Fri., 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Pump It Up. $8/child (includes either a glow necklace or bracelet). Event details.
Monica + Andy Pop-Up
Monica + Andy is bringing city cool to Oakbrook Center for one month. Expect to see their signature high quality, durable and beautifully designed clothing, accessories and bedding in the new short-term space, adjacent to Crate & Barrel. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monica + Andy Oak Brook. Prices vary. All ages. Event details.
Oak Brook Terrace
Kids Fit in Nature
Enjoy an afternoon being active with the whole family! Explore the nature of Terrace View Park through crafts, recreational activities & a kids scavenger run/walk. Sat., noon-2 p.m. Terrace View Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Awesome Just Got Awesome-r
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center has tapped into that great Second City pride with their famous MINILAND Chicago and lucky us, they’ve added more marvel-worthy Windy City landmarks to their LEGO Kingdom. Pencil in a date to check out the all-new Soldier Field, O’Hare airport, City Builder attraction and 4D movie experience. Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago. $13.50+/person. All ages. Event details.
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— Maria Chambers