Fun things to do with kids this weekend in Chicago(land)


We've finally kicked Old Man Winter to the curb, and it's time to PLAY!!! Come on out to the Chicago Parent Playdate, a full day that features entertainment from some of your kiddie faves, sports challenges and thrills, and hands-on fun from our awesome advertisers. Looking for something to do the rest of the weekend? There are plenty of reasons to party: Celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting, Walpurgis Night with a bonfire or Migratory Bird Day with something called "JeopBirdy." Plus, our full calendar has all the other play-worthy stuff that's going on in the city and suburbs this weekend.

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Chicago Parent Playdate

Enjoy sports, bounce houses, character visits, music, train rides, obstacle courses, activities at every table and more. Purchase tickets at


Arbor Weekend Celebration

Celebrate Arbor Day in the Children's Garden by planting tree seeds, investigating tree cookies and going on a hunt for five unique trees throughout the garden.


Walpurgis Night Bonfire and Wagon Ride

Walpurgis Night is believed to be a magical time when witches gathered on the highest peak of the Harz Mountain range in Lower Saxony, Germany, to greet the coming of spring and the planting season. Come enjoy an evening at the Heritage Farm with wagon rides, roasted hotdogs and marshmallows and a bonfire, and help celebrate spring in an old-fashioned and unusual way.


Waa-Mu: Beyond Belief

“Beyond Belief” follows two sisters who cope with harsh realities by creating a fantastical world of superheroes. Based on ordinary people from their lives, these extraordinary characters spring to life and demonstrate the resilient power of love and the qualities that make them “super.” The sisters soon learn that believing in one another may be the greatest power in overcoming life’s many challenges. The May 6 matinee includes sign language interpretation and modifications for students with autism, learning differences or other sensory needs


Chicago Kid Show All Stars Show

Chicago's top kids entertainers come together in one amazing show! See the spell-binding magic of Scott Green, enjoy the music of Miss Jamie from the Farm and laugh out loud with balloon entertainer Smarty Pants.


Earth Day Faire

Participate in a variety of family-fun activities including Jim Nesci's Cold Blooded Creatures, Big Run Wolf Ranch, tree climbing, kids crafts, scavenger hunt, education on green living, gardening and composting, a milkweed plant sale, and more.


International Migratory Bird Day

Enjoy family-friendly activities such as looking at birds through a spotting scope, learning how to use binoculars with Audubon Members, going on an Itty Bitty Bird Walk (10 – 15 minutes), traveling the Great Migration Challenge, playing JeopBirdy, Bird Bingo, Bird Olympics and more.


Family Matinee

Beautifully depicted in Prokofiev’s music is the uplifting story of a boy who risks his own safety to protect his friends. Paired with the imaginative performers of the Magic Circle Mime Company, this program proves that you don’t need to be old or big to discover courage inside yourself. Come one hour early for free preconcert activities in the Rotunda.


Arbor Day Celebration

Celebrate the grandeur of trees and learn why they’re vital to our community and our world. Enjoy tree planting, tree climbing, tree ID hikes and more.


Family Night Out

An evening of play and learning for children with special needs and their families, focusing on autism spectrum and other sensory processing disorders. This after-hours event allows for a time to experience the Museum in a calmer, less crowded environment. Some lighting and sound will be muted and additional sensory activities and cool down spaces will be provided.


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