Forward, march! We’re knocking out our last full weekend in May, which means it’s Memorial Day Weekend and summer is oh, so close! Read on for our Editor’s picks for the best ways to fill your three-day 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.

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

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

Shake Your Wiggles Out
The Wiggles are bringing their live show back to millions of fans around the world with The Wiggles – Live from Hot Potato Studios, giving every fan of The Wiggles what they’ve always wanted — A FRONT ROW SEAT. Fri. Event details.

Have a Virtual Meet-Up with Miss Jamie
No need to change out of your PJs as you have a family-jam with Miss Jamie. Sat. Event details

Dig Into the History of Lincoln Park Zoo
Mysterious missing statues, fire relics, surprising architectural finds. . . join Adam Selzer of Mysterious Chicago Tours for a virtual tour exploring the history and architecture of the area surrounding Lincoln Park Zoo! Sat. 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

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.

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.

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 10 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, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Little Fockers. Next up: Oceans 11 Construct a fort, let Chicago’s Hiltons help you prepare a menu, pop popcorn and enjoy watching Matt Damon’s character get recruited inside Emmit’s Irish Pub.

— Maria Chambers


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