We’re still under the shelter-in-place directive issued by Illinois Governor Pritzker and we’re all doing our best to settle into a new, albeit temporary, normal. We have to be honest, it’s been amazing to see so many people and businesses rise to the occasion, cranking out creative ideas to keep us busy and connected. Here are just a few ideas to pass the weekend safe and happy.

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Virtual Events

Take a Virtual Road Trip to Indy
Tour Children’s Museum Indianapolis’ most popular exhibits, listen in on storytimes, work on DIY science ideas, stay active with their coaches, and more! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Stream a Fortnite Boogiedown 
Hip Circle Empowerment Center invites kids to a Fortnite Boogiedown where they can learn, laugh and MOVE! They’ll move along to dances from the popular Fortnite game (and some of their own creations) in a fun group atmosphere. Sun. Event details.

Shake Your Sillies out with Bubbles Academy
Get movin’ & groovin’ with Bubbles Academy in a Virtual Family Music & Movement class! Fri. Event details. & Sat. Event details.

Listen to Little Miss Ann’s Facebook Live Show
Sway to the sound of the award-winning musician Little Miss Ann as she takes to Facebook to keep kids smiling. Fri. Event details

Schedule a Royal Chat with Cinderella
You might be feeling a bit like Cinderella, stuck at home with a long list of chores. Schedule a LIVE royal video chat for your kids with the real deal, Cinderella herself. Fri. & Sat. Event details

Attend a MEGA Kids Arts Fest
The ultimate Sunday Funday. . . of the social distancing kind! Join your favorite Kids Arts Small Businesses across Chicagoland for one HUGE BASH via Zoom! You don’t want to miss this amazing lineup! Sun. Event details

Enjoy the Tastes of Southeast Asia
Join Little Diner’s Crew as they take your taste buds on a tour of Southeast Asia in this virtual dining experience. Sat. Event details

Also, plan ahead for next week and sign up for Chicago Children Theatre’s Cabin Fever Spring Break Camp or their autism-friendly Virtual Camp Red Kite.

Family Activities

Give to a Good Cause
With the Covid-19 crisis, Ronald McDonald House had to suspend its chapter-wide volunteer-prepared meals and programming. Having those groups physically come in was no longer deemed safe for the 162 families staying at the 5 area houses. This impacts group lunches, dinners and afternoon cookies. To ensure the continuation of these essential services, they are requesting your support. Click here to see how you can help.

Take a Virtual Ride
With all our favorite theme parks closed, it’s impossible to see the attractions live. But that doesn’t mean your kids can’t get a taste of the experiences at home. Fans have uploaded ride experiences on YouTube as a way for your kids to virtually ride their favorites from Disney, Universal and Busch Gardens. . . to name just a few.

Have a Family Movie Date Night
We’re on week three of suggesting a Chicago-themed family movie night and we’ve told you to intro your kids to Ferris Bueller and Adventures in Babysitting. Now, how about throwing some logs on the fire, pretending its Christmas in April and watching uber-classic Home Alone? Don’t forget the popcorn!

Host Your Own Family Olympics
Step away from the electronics for a bit and get outside and play. We’ve gathered some old-school classic yard games to get you started.

Make Dino-Themed Easter Eggs
The Easter egg hunts have been sidelined, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create the same level of fun at home. Read our story DIY Dino Eggs You Can Totally Do Yourself for an easy dinosaur egg project.

Start a Family Band
Chicago has cranked out some wildly popular kids musicians, so why not follow in their footsteps and start your own family band? Guide your kids through making their own musical instruments. They can have a blast banging on tin can drums, shaking DIY maracas and more. Let’s get this party STARTED!

Schedule a Shelter-in-Place Zoom Party with Miss Jamie
Miss Jamie is known throughout the area for her original barnyard tunes and magical puppet friends that she shares with the audience during her interactive sing-along, dance-along performance. With the shelter-in-place directive, Miss Jamie isn’t performing at her normal spots. But, this means you and your friends can contact her to host a private Zoom party!

For more ideas, see our ever-growing events calendar full of virtual activities!

— Maria Chambers


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