We’re several weeks into this shelter-in-place situation and you’ve hopefully hit your stride. New routines and new normals are under your belt and the end is on the horizon. Until then, here are virtual events and activities to assist in attacking this weekend with gusto!

photo: Little Miss Ann

Virtual Events

Listen to Little Miss Ann’s Facebook Live Show
Sway to the sound of Little Miss Ann, an award-winning kids musician, a former Chicago Public School teacher, a mom, a veteran instructor at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, as she takes to Facebook to keep kids smiling. Fri. Event details

Plan a Magic-Themed Birthday Party
Have a birthday to celebrate while sheltering? Legendary Scott Green is taking his interactive magic show to Zoom and will literally put the magic in the hands of the guest of honor. Get the planning started this weekend! Details.

Shake Your Hips with a Mom/Daughter Bellydance with Hip Circle Empowerment Center
This class, available to parents with daughters ages 4 & up, focuses on gaining comfort in your body and boosting self-esteem through dance. Sun. Event details

Dust Off Your Singing Pipes with Mr. Dave Music
Belt out your fa-la-las with Mr. Dave’s Music as he streams virtually from his home studio. Be sure to grab any instruments (or household items) to play along! Fri. & Sat. Event details

Take a Virtual Road Trip to Indy
Children’s Museum Indianapolis is closed, but take a virtual spring break road trip to tour the Museum’s most popular exhibits, listen in on storytimes, work on DIY science ideas, stay active with their coaches, and more! Fri.-Sun. Event details

Travel to California and Watch Sea Otters Eat Lunch
Even while the Monterey Bay Aquarium is closed, you can still watch animal keepers feed the animals via live webcams throughout the day. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Family Activities

Make Two of Chicago’s Favorite Desserts
Did you know the first-ever brownie recipe came from right here in Chicago? Yep, it did! Learn how to bake this iconic dessert from Palmer House Hilton and Hilton Chicago’s guest-favorite Signature Carrot Cake Pop in your very own kitchen.

Have a Family Movie Date Night
Okay, week 4 of suggesting a Chicago-themed family movie. We’ve given you Ferris Bueller, Adventures in Babysitting and Home Alone. Next up? Space Jam, starring Chicago Bulls Legend, #23, needs-no-introduction, Michael Jordan. Make it extra fun, and build a fort! Don’t forget the popcorn!

Color Eggs for Easter
You already know how to dye an egg, that’s easy-peasy. Get creative this year with our 32 suggestions on decorating eggs without the dye. And, while you have a captive audience, impress the kids with your best Easter jokes.

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!

Take a Virtual Spring Break
Spring break plans have been grounded in the name of social distancing, but webcams around the world help you experience the world. From squeal-worthy kittens to town squares in ancient cities, we promise we have a cam for you!

— Maria Chambers


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