Prediction: You’re in for a weekend of non-stop fun. We’d put money on it. Take a music or dance class in your living room, participate in a virtual 5K benefiting Lurie Children’s Hospital, bake popular local recipes from Chicago Hiltons and more! Read on for our Editor’s picks for a perma-smile kinda weekend.


Virtual Events

Take a Music Class with Bubbles Academy
Get movin’ & groovin’ with Bubbles Academy via a Virtual Family Music & Movement class! Fri. Event details. & Sat. Event details.

Tap Your Toe with Tunes with Tim
Tim is a frequent guest at Monica + Andy, and boy do we miss his beats! Get your fill via an all-ages virtual class that includes his wide repertoire of original and classic songs to inspire kids to dance, sing and play along! Fri. Event details.

Slip Into Your Ballet Shoes 
Ballet, the Bubbles way! We’ll introduce ballet basics through a thematic storytelling approach, and get our bodies and imagination moving! Fri. Event details

Go Virtual with Mr. Dave’s Music
You’ll use shakers, scarves and introduce your kids to various sounds with the help of Mr. Dave, so be sure to grab any instruments (or noise-making household items) you have at home. Fri. Event details. & Sat. Event details

Get Creative with Bennett Live
Creative Play is a Reggio Emilia-inspired creative and play-based exploration program where students can explore ideas and investigate the world they live in. Fri. Event details

Throw Down in a Virtual Trivia Slam
Round up the family for a live virtual trivia game with kid-friendly questions that’ll have everyone laughing! Sat. Event details

Support Lurie Children’s Move for the Kids Virtual 5K Walk/Run
The funds from Move for the Kids support the hospital’s areas of greatest need to ensure patients receive the best care possible to help them live a bright, healthy future. For the first time ever, they’re hosting a virtual event and they’re excited to bring you the stories, activities and energy that you love in a whole new way. Sun. 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.

Family Activities

Plan Ahead for Future Family Outings
If you’re a super-fan of a particular museum, play space or attraction, maybe it’s high time you became a card-carrying member. Along with scoring sweet perks, you’re helping an awesome family destination thrive—and they could most definitely use our help right now.

Traipse All Over Chicago from Your Sofa
As the weeks of sheltering tick on, we’re all missing our favorite things about Chicago. The museums, the sports, the food. . . you name it, you’re craving it. Until you can get back at it, deepen the sag in your sofa and spend a staycation indulging as a family.

Daydream and Plan for Sun-Kissed Skin
Making plans to head out for a family vacation might seem like a fantasy at the moment; but, we’re looking ahead to brighter days when restrictions are eased. We dug around for resorts and destinations that allow for a wee bit of distance.

Have a Family Movie Date Night
Oh boy. Week 9 of Chicago-themed family movie night recommendations. You’ve watched Ferris Bueller, Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Space Jam, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, A League of Their Own, Sixteen Candles, and My Best Friend’s Wedding. Next up: Little Fockers. Construct a fort, let Chicago’s Hiltons help you prepare a menu, pop popcorn and enjoy scenes filmed in Lincoln Park, Grant Park and Chicago Hilton & Towers on S. Michigan Ave.

Order Pizza Kits that Benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital
Make movie night magic for a cause! Join Summer House Santa Monica in supporting Lurie Children’s Hospital’s Move for Kids virtual 5k with a Movie Night Kit for Four. Reserve your kit now for family movie night May 14-16.

Explore a Cultural Gem
Stuck inside? Aren’t we all! As Chicago remains on lockdown, our city’s best and brightest museums have stepped up to the virtual plate with online opportunities galore. Gather the fam, get comfy on the sofa, and pay a (virtual) visit to Chicago’s always immersive museums. Also, see how you can explore some of these spots with Mayor Lightfoot as your guide.

Support Covid Relief by Buying a “Chicago Strong” T-Shirt
Bandwagon Champs created the Chicago Strong collection to help those impacted by the coronavirus, with 100% of the net proceeds benefitting the Chicago Community Covid-19 Response Fund. They need your help to hit their goal of donating $3,000 in May! Details.

— Maria Chambers


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