Fun things to do with kids this weekend in Chicago


There are a lot of things to celebrate this weekend: springtime, moms, the chance to finally put our winter coats into storage for a while. We have a dozen events throughout Chicago and the suburbs that will have you smiling all weekend long. Not quite a fit for your schedule? Be sure to browse our full calendar to find dozens of other events near you.

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Switch on Summer

The annual event will feature some of Chicagoland’s most popular organizations to help the city spring into summer with the official season-changing signal – the turning on of Buckingham Fountain. Fun for all ages will be provided with free giveaways, free family activities, and live entertainment.


Chicago Kids & Kites Festival

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events provides free kits for kids to design and create their own kite. There will also be crafts and face painting. Weather permitting,  the festival will also include the Big Kite Candy Drop, a piñata-like kite filled with candies that drop from the sky.


Family Day: Piñata-rama

Make paper mâché monsters by mixing human and animal forms. At 3 p.m., head to the courtyard to take a swing at a piñata filled with candy.


Fairy Festival/Breakfast with the Fairies

Enjoy fairy flower walks, discover fairy food, make enchanted crafts and be entertained by winged hostesses. Come dressed in wings, make a wand, learn a few magic words and indulge your inner child. For an additional fee, enjoy pancakes, sausage and a beverage with special fairies visiting the tables (9-11:30 a.m.).


Northside Mini Maker Faire

An event for kids hungry for hands­-on activities that they might not be exposed to during the regular school day. Makers include the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Chicago Public Library, local makerspaces, FIRST Robotics, student makers, Schurz Food Sciences Program, local farmers and beekeepers, artists and artisans, scientists and engineers.


Frog and Toad Visit

Meet the classic Arnold Lobel storybook characters, Frog and Toad. Plus, make crafts and read Frog and Toad stories throughout the day.


Protomayia - Celebration of Spring

A Greek May Day celebration with spring paintings, flower wreaths and Greek dancing.


Family Yoga at Bloom Yoga Studio

A fun and interactive class invites kids, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to share in the joy of yoga. Each class will teach the family playful poses that can be done together or alone, along with gentle breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Pre-registration is recommended.


The Big Sit

At all six of the Forest Preserves’ Nature Centers, count how many birds you can spot or hear without leaving a 17-foot circle. This ‘citizen science’ can help us make better decisions about the conservation of bird habitat.


Mother's Day Family Painting

Give mom the gift of quality family time and paint Colorful Daisies together.


Mother's Day Salsa Dance Party

The event includes a beginner salsa class, open dancing and light refreshments. No previous dance experience required.


Bee-tastic Mother's Day

Learn about the Queen bee and all of her daughters, then dress in a bee suit to get a safe, up-close look inside the hives. Everyone will get a Heller Honey stick to enjoy. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. All participants must wear closed shoes and tall socks to visit the hives. Register online.


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