It’s Cinco de Mayo weekend! Celebrate! Start with a Mexican-fare-inspired family cooking session at The Kids’ Table or pick from one of our Cinco favorites in our story Olé! Cinco de Mayo with the Niños. Our ideas go well beyond this cultural celebration, so read on to find more fun than you can shake your piñata bashing stick at—get to it!

photo: The Kids’ Table 

IN THE CITY

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.

Loop

Spend the Day with the Best of Bump and Beyond®
Join Bump Club and Beyond® for an entire day filled with education and information for parents-to-be, new parents and parents of toddlers. The best experts, the best resources, and the best baby brands in the industry will be there with their products and expertise to talk one-on-one with you! Sat. Event details.

Museum Campus

Speak up for Science at The Field Museum
Meet scientists to learn about the ways they study and protect the natural world. Write postcards to elected officials advocating for climate action, digitize specimens used in active conservation research, learn about the wildlife in your backyard, or share on social media why you think this planet’s worth protecting. Sat. 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 International Family Equality Day
Join Chicago Children’s Museum in celebrating International Family Equality Day with colorful hands-on activities and resources that honor all families! Sun. Event details.

New East Side

Visit Field Museum’s Pop-Up Dig Site
Field Museum scientists are digging up new discoveries every day! Visit their pop-up experience and explore how researchers are unearthing Cretaceous creatures, identifying new species, helping protect the rainforest and so much more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Northcenter

Attend Spring Fling 2019
This free annual family friendly event features a musical performance by kid-favorite Miss Jamie from the Farm and storytime with Alex from the Chicago Public Library. You’ll also find face painting, activities and light snacks. Sun. Event details.

South Loop

Switch on Summer at Buckingham Fountain
ComEd and the Chicago Park District are joining forces for the fifth annual “Switch on Summer” event to turn on the iconic Buckingham Fountain for the season. The day will include giveaways, live entertainment and more than 20 of Chicagoland’s most beloved organizations. Sun. Event details.

Uptown

Enjoy a Family Favorite: 21st Annual Kids and Kites Festival
Go old school with the fun by taking the kids to a kite festival! Not only will the City of Chicago provide kits to build, decorate and fly, kids will enjoy face painting, balloon artists, crafts and the Windjammers Kite Team will make an appearance to thrill the crowd with their synchronized kite flying maneuvers. Sat. Event details.

Wicker Park

Have a Mexican Fiesta at The Kids’ Table
Get the kids in on the Cinco de Mayo fun with a family cooking session. You’ll make Enchilada Pizza, Guacamole & Homemade Tortilla Chips & Coconut Horchata. Fri. Event details.

THE ‘BURBS

Lisle

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.

Naperville

Almost Gone! Visit Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. . . While You Can!
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.