Your littlest patriots can enjoy the freedom of being a kid for an extra day, thanks to President’s Day on Monday, February 19. Lucky for us, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the bonus three-day weekend. Read on for our Editor’s picks for celebrating in the Land of Lincoln.
photo: Prismatica at Navy Pier
(1) Show your hearty Chicago side and brave the chill to experience Navy Pier’s temporary exhibit, Prismatica, a new immersive art installation comprised of 25 pivoting prisms more than 6-feet-tall that transmit and reflect every color in the visible spectrum.
(2) Marvel at the world of tiny enchantment and watch on as an intricate mini model railroad winds through an interactive two-level display of magnificent scenery at The Morton Arboretum.
photo: The Kids’ Table
(3) Trade in pencils for cooking utensils with special classes at The Kids’ Table chock full of hands-on cooking instruction, delicious food, fun and even a bit of science with friends.
(4) Keep the day action-packed with ice skating with Chicago Blackhawks staff, team building with Game On! Sports 4 Girls and STEM fun with Code Play Learn.
photo: Goldfish Swim School
(5) Make a splash at Goldfish Swim School Arlington Heights’ Dive-In Movie to celebrate the day off school and enjoy watching Moana in the tropical 90-degree pool to escape the winter blues.
(6) From Greek specialties to Asian staples, take this day off as an opportunity to snuggle in for great conversation at one of Chicago’s favorite soup hot spots.
(7) Take a trip to Korea, but leave the passport at home with Chicago Children’s Museum’s new temporary exhibit that brings modern-day South Korea to Chicago.
(8) Halloween is a distant memory and those candy jars are probably dried up by now. Make the day off just a tad bit sweeter by hitting up one our favorite candy shops.
photo: Adler Planetarium
(9) Kids will love getting their dino fix at The Field Museum where basic admission is FREE for the month of February. Dreaming of distant galaxies more your thing? Adler Planetarium is offering free admission on President’s Day, as well!
(10) Head to the tropics — or, at least feel like you did by hitting up one of these indoor water parks.
(11) See just how fun art can be by popping into the Beginner’s Art Studio Drop-In at Wonder Works.
photo: Lincoln Park Zoo
(12) Take a walk on the wild side this holiday by sending kids to Lincoln Park Zoo’s all-day camp where they’ll learn everything they ever wanted to know about Animal Attractions.
(13) Shhhh . . . the kids will be having so much fun, they won’t even know they’re getting an education at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Critter Connections, Birds of Paradise exhibit and a butterfly release.
(14) Kids can test their athletic skills at Naper Settlement’s first ever Winter Olympics showdown where they’ll create a national flag, make an Olympic torch, learn about PyeongChang, South Korea and compete in Olympics-inspired games.
photo: Morton Arboretum
(15) Gnomes have invaded Morton Arboretum for a short time only. Pay them a visit for a little game of hide and seek.
(16) The Chicago History Museum is offering FREE admission and a presidential event where kids can discover the lives behind the legends of the American presidency through live music, family crafts and storytelling for kids.
photo: City Museum, St. Louis
(17) Long weekends are made for hitting the road — how ’bout checking out the Gateway to the West, St. Louis, to shake up the routine?
photo: Four Seasons Chicago
(18) St. Louis too much of a hike? May we suggest a staycation? Some of Chicago’s favorite hotels are known for their kid-centric amenities that would make even Eloise green with envy.
(19) Explore Kohl Children’s Museum’s Build It!, a larger than life collection of building blocks that encourages children to explore their creativity while learning about architecture, science and storytelling.
(20) Take the day meant to honor our nation’s presidents and celebrate Black History Month with Museum of Science and Industry’s Juried Art Exhibition, showcasing the work of emerging and established African-American artists, and Innovation Studio, where you can unleash your creative genius and turn everyday materials into solutions for big challenges.
How do you plan on making the most of your President’s Day? We’d love to hear in the Comments below.