Prediction: You’re in for a weekend of non-stop fun. We’d put money on it. Get a jump start on summer with street fests, show your skills at ninja night or have a night out while kids play with science. Read on for our Editor’s picks for a perma-smile kinda weekend.
photo: The Laboratory
IN THE CITY
Chicago Fire Home Game
Root for your hometown soccer team by taking in a Fire home game. But, first, pregame at FireFest with an inflatable soccer field, soccer pool , a speedshot competition, street soccer games and culinary treats (think ice cream nachos for the kids). Sun. Event details.
Family Ninja Night at Ultimate Ninjas
Friday nights are Ninja Night! Kids and their favorite adults are invited for pizza and ninja’ing on the same obstacle courses as seen on NBC’s hit show American Ninja Warrior. Fri. Event details.
This fest celebrating spring and all things outdoors officially kicks off the outdoor festival season (yippee!). On Kids Day, kids will learn about health, safety and wellness while crafting or burning energy in one of the activity areas. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Almost Gone! Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical
Join in on the hunt for Knuffle Bunny in this comedic musical adaptation of the popular book by Mo Willems! After losing a 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.-Sun. Event details.
Last Chance! The Wizard of Oz at Chicago Theatre
This magical production is a celebration of the classic 1939 MGM movie and will be presented with original songs and breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its way to Kansas. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Sunday Funday at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck
Sure, sleeping ’til noon on a Sunday is swell, but what’s even better is 360 CHICAGO’s Sunday Funday. Infuse a little excitement into your life by taking the family to the 94th floor for a little magic, a little music and a whole lot of amazing Chicago views. Sun. Event details.
Move for the Kids 5K Walk/Run
Move for the Kids 5K Walk/Run is Lurie Children’s annual signature 5K, with funds supporting the hospital’s areas of greatest need. After finishing the walk/run, everyone can enjoy complimentary refreshments, live music and entertainment for the whole family. Sun. Event details.
Celebrate Equality at Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum is kicking off the Pride celebration a little early this year. Through the end of June, help transform the central staircase into a giant rainbow by adding colorful ribbons and write your ideas about family on a huge chalkboard. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Science Night Out: Spa Chemistry
What could be more fun than a night filled with pizza, spa chemistry, and making signature spa products? Parents get a night out while kids slip on their safety goggles and imagine, calculate and design their own unique scented products. Sat. Event details.
IN THE ‘BURBS
Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings. The exhibit features 18 garden-scale trains on 1,600 feet of track with vignettes of tiny people and animals that give it a storybook feel. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Fire Safety Expo at Gurnee Mills
This free event, which spans more than 30,000 ., aims to teach families and children about the importance of fire safety. Families will have the opportunity to learn about the latest fire prevention tips, while enjoying a variety of interactive activities and games. Sat. Event details.
Retreat to a Chocoholic’s Paradise
Chocoholics, your dreams have come true: Long Grove’s annual three-day Chocolate Fest is here with cacao as far as the eye can see. There is also Medieval Times junior knight training, face painting, balloon artists, art activities, and live music performances. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Maifest at Hofbräuhaus Chicago
Hofbräuhaus Chicago, the first and only German micro-brewery, restaurant and beer hall in the Chicago area, will celebrate the spring season with a traditional Maifest celebration with unmatched German entertainment, new menu items and a special Maibock beer. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
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— Maria Chambers
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