Top 10 April events for Chicago families

Step into spring this month with plenty of fun outdoors, new museum exhibits and more.

Earth Day 2014 Celebrations around Chicago

It's the month to celebrate the earth, and Chicago-area groups are celebrating in all sorts of ways.


National Robotics Week

See demonstrations of approximately 20 different robots from around the world, including EduBot, Snake and R-One SWARM. Creators of several of these robots will be on hand to discuss them with guests. Student demo teams, from schools including University of Wisconsin and the Illinois Institute of Technology, will also be at the Museum on weekends, showcasing their robotics projects.


Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art’s Día del Niño Health Walk & Family Festival

This free family festival is filled with interactive games, art activities, performances, wellness screenings and fitness. Beforehand, take the two-mile walk from the museum to the UIC Forum. Visit website for more information.



ReptileFest features hundreds of animals for visitors to touch, hold and look at. Experts are on hand to answer questions about reptiles and amphibians.


Laura Doherty CD Release Party

Celebrate the release of Laura's third kids' CD, In a Heartbeat. Laura and her band will play every song on the album and the audience will see favorite characters, Domingo the Flamingo and Jazzasaurus, appear as puppets. After the show, Laura  signs CDs and meets fans.


Stingray touch at Shedd Aquarium

This new outdoor exhibit opens April 27. Shedd staff members guide guests through the 15-minute touch experience, while providing interesting facts about stingrays, including information about how choosing sustainable seafoodprotects stingrays in global waters.


Trees! An Arbor Day Art Workshop

Learn to appreciate the special parts of a tree and then learn to draw those parts - the leaves, the trunk, the branches and the bark. Sheila Cohen is creative artist and designer of Ishkabibble Design Studio, and teaches art for children and design for adults at Monart Drawing Studio.


Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo

The largest gluten free expo in the nation comes to Schaumburg April 20-21, with almost 200 vendors. Families can try samples and even buy products directly from vendors.


Dinosaurs Alive! at Brookfield Zoo

This new exhibit, opening April 6, uses interactive elements to help kids understand the links between prehistoric creatures and animals of today.


Kite Fly

Fly kites, make bubbles and enjoy a special treat.  For those who do not have a kite, learn how to make one.


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