This weekend is definitely going to give you the warm-fuzzies. Why? You can cuddle up to winter animals at Polar Adventure Days, make new friends and get tips at MommyCon, see Elephant and Piggie hit the stage, dance in honor of African American History Month, and more. Who cares if it’s cold! You’ll be far too busy to notice. Get your action plan here.
Polar Adventure Day
The fam can discover the birds and coyotes that call Northerly Island home, watch a dog sledding demonstration, enjoy entertainment from The Old Town School of Folk Music, and relax with winter-inspired crafts. Your gang will also get free snowshoe rentals (fingers crossed for snow!). Held Sat., noon-4 p.m. on Northerly Island. Free. All ages. Event details.
Juicebox Music Series: The Evolution of African-American Music
At this free concert — created especially for the toddling set — you’ll go from African rhythms to hip-hop. Help your mini movers and shakers understand how African-American music evolved from Field Hollers to Jazz to R&B with tunes and dancing. Held Sat., 11-11:45 a.m. at Chicago Cultural Center. Free. All ages. Event details.
Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play”
If your pint-sized readers love Mo Willems’ beloved Elephant and Piggie series, this is the show for them. Join the cautious elephant, Gerald, and his playful Piggie pal on a music-filled journey to discover the true meaning of friendship. Held thru May 30 at Apollo Theater. Tickets start at $15. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
The Little Miss Ann Band
The energetic kindie-folk starlet will bring you to your feet at a live show. Escape the frozen tundra, bust a move and enjoy snacks. Held Sun., noon at The Beat Kitchen. $6/person. All ages. Event details.
“Move It” Exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum
Wee movers and shakers can get a kiddie-sized workout. Your little balls of energy can build their own play space where they can climb, crawl, jump, balance and bend. They can even try their skills on the net climber. Held thru Apr. 19. Included in museum general admission of $14/person. Ages 1-10. Event details.
Take a microscopic journey under the big top at this circus arts-filled show. Follow two clowns on a journey through a pint-sized world full of dots, tardigrades and plants that transform into butterflies. Encourage your microbiologists to explore the world around them through dramatic aerial storytelling. Held thru Mar. 22 at The Actors Gymnasium. $20/adult; $15/child. All ages. Event details.
Polar Peak at FROZEMONT
MB Financial Park has turned into a wonderland of fun, complete with tubing, ice skating, brilliant lights and more. At the center of “FROZEMONT” is the four-story Polar Peak tubing hill — the grade is steep and the ride is thrilling. (There is a kiddie slope for those that don’t need as much adrenaline.) Held thru Mar. 1. $20/hour for tubing; ice skating is free and skate rentals are $8. All ages. Event details.
This is your one-stop shop for help, advice and support with 25 sessions, hands-on workshops and more than 50 exhibitors. Discover the secrets to mommy fitness, learn the ins and outs of cloth diapers, learn about babywearing techniques, get tips on how to get your little love bug ready for a sibling and so much more. Held Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. $40/adults; free for children 16 & under attending with a parent. Event details.
Enchanted Railroad Miniature Train
Marvel as tiny trains toot-toot their way through a decorative display of all four seasons. This interactive railroad is specially designed for the kiddos because it is meant to be viewed from just two feet off the ground. Held thru Feb. 22 at Morton Arboretum. Free with general admission ($9/adult; $6/child; free for children under 2). All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Tell us in the Comments!
— Kelly Aiglon & Natasha Davis
photo: Polar Adventure Days / Chicago Park District