This weekend we’re testing if it’s possible to have too much fun. Our hypothesis is. . . Not a chance! Put our theory to the test with virtual classes, family movie nights, zoo check-ins and more! Read on for our Editor’s picks for having a blast in the Windy City! (Oh, and happy Mother’s Day, of course!)

Virtual Events

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

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

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.

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

Book a Future Stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Support of Frontline Nurses
To show its immense gratitude to the courageous nurses battling Covid-19, Great Wolf Lodge is offering a special rate to all and pledging to donate up to 10,000 complimentary overnight stays to registered nurses. From May 4-12, every room booked using the code THANKYOU will give a room to a registered nurse and unlock a significant discount for guests staying Jul. 6-Oct. 29.

Kick-Off Baseball Season on Your Own
There’s no crying in baseball. . . until the season start is postponed, that is! The Chicago White Sox realizes that baseball taking a temporary hiatus has left some tortured fans, so they’re easing the pain for their littlest loyalists with virtual activities.

Have a Family Movie Date Night
Oh boy. Week 8 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 and Sixteen Candles. Next up: My Best Friend’s Wedding. Construct a fort, let Chicago’s Hiltons help you prepare a menu, pop popcorn and enjoy scenes filmed at The Drake and Fourth Presbyterian Church.

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.

Visit the Zoo
Working overtime to keep our distance doesn’t mean we’re completely confined to our own 4 walls. Go bananas with the monkeys at Brookfield Zoo. Swim along with the Shedd’s incredible jellyfish. Or, set off on a safari led by the keepers of the Lincoln Park Zoo. Read our story Get Your Animal Fix with a Virtual Zoo Visit and prep for the cuteness.

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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