Lace up your comfy shoes because we’re going to keep you on the move! Gape in awe at massive dinosaurs, munch on ripe, juicy apples, cruise aimlessly along the river and so much more. Read on for ideas to pack fun into your weekend.
photo: Patrick Fore via Unsplash
Go Apple Picking!
Apples are the superheroes of the fruit world—they have the power to keep doctors away. Fill your bags with the juicy, ripe fruit at a kid-loved u-pick nearby. More details.
Captain Your Own Electric Boat
Chicago has been gifted a gorgeous summer that’s been boating perfection. While there are several tour companies that narrate a memorable trip along our waterways, sometimes you want to steer the course yourself. More details.
Visit Kohl Children’s Museum
Kohl Children’s Museum is open with a brand new series of weekly programs designed to safely provide the Museum’s brand of exploration and education. You can also schedule small group experiences with friends! Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Cool Down with Summers Go-To Treat at a Local Ice Cream Parlor
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! The best way to cool off and celebrate the dog days of summer is by scooping up the babes and visiting local old-school ice cream parlors. More details.
Bring Shedd’s Sea Otters Into Your Home
In the new Virtual Sea Otter Encounter, you’ll come face-to-face with the playful, adorable sea otters that call Shedd home. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Explore the City on a Chicago-Themed Scavenger Hunt
Intro your kids to some of Chicago’s hometown coolness and iconic locations using our Chicago-themed scavenger hunt as your guide. More details.
Adventure as Family at The Forge: Lemont Quarries
Hike, bike, paddle and climb your way through this 300-acre adventure park featuring the largest aerial adventure course in North America. Fri.-Sun. More details.
Troll Hunt at Morton Arboretum
Something special emerged from the vast spaces at Morton Arboretum. . . unusual creatures, each made of reclaimed wood and 15- to 20-feet-tall. Guardians of the forest, trying to make sense of the human world. Good luck with that, Trolls! Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Walk Amongst the Butterflies & Blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden
Fill your days with butterflies and blooms at the temporary exhibit where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of winged beauties. While you’re there, check out the Model Railroad Garden. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Limited Time Only! Snap Pics of Dinos Everywhere at Brookfield Zoo
Pay a visit to Brookfield Zoo and be treated to the temporary Dinos Everywhere exhibit. Be sure to pre-register and show up masked and ready to explore! Fri.-Sun. More details.
Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Luck is on your side because we have loads more to-dos on our calendar—even lots of virtual activities to connect with people, museums and businesses all over the country. Check it out!
— Maria Chambers