Chicago weekend events for kids

There's a lot going on in this world-class city we live in, and the options can be overwhelming. So every week, we'll pick our not-to-miss events. Chances are, you'll see us there, kids in tow. If none of these suit your schedule, browse our full calendar to find events near you.

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Easter egg hunts in Chicago and the suburbs

There's something for everyone in this list of egg hunts, including flashlight hunts, underwater searches and just good old-fashioned egg hunts.


Earth Day Concert for Kids

Joe Reilly is a singer, songwriter and environmental educator from Ann Arbor, Mich. and is the official Troubadour of National Get Outdoors Day. He offers an interactive musical program for kids that teaches ecology and environmental science. 


Fallen Tree Adventures

Explore the woodlands in search of fallen trees. Climb on top and search below these trees to discover their role in a woodland habitat in a safe way.


A Piano with 3 Tales

Pianist Mary Rose Norell performs three pieces for piano in their entirety: Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition; Frederic Chopin's Scherzo in b flat minor; and Montague's Mirabella a Tarantella (for toy piano). The music is paired with various handmade puppets, from bunraku dolls to larger-than-life human-sized costumes.


The Art of Dr. Seuss

The Art of Dr. Seuss has installed sculptures of everyone from the wacky Cat in the Hat to the steadfast Horton and persistent Sam I Am. For children and nostalgic adults, there is a scavenger hunt involving the bronze sculptures, which also include the Grinch, Yertle the Turtle and the Lorax. A photo hunt clue accompanies each sculpture, and guests are invited to share photos on Instagram (@drseussgallerychicago #DRSEUSSART) to win prizes. Runs through May 5.

The Machine Inside: Biomechanics

Exhibit explores animals and plants as machines built for survival, complete with pumps, pipes, insulation, motors, springs, and intelligence gathering devices. Using real specimens, life-like models, amazing video footage, and interactive displays, the exhibition investi­gates how cheetahs run so fast and fleas jump so far; how the bite force of an extinct fish made it a top predator; how a toucan stays cool in the jungle; how a Venus fly trap detects its next meal; and how many other organisms function as machines in order to survive, move, and discover. Presented in English and Spanish.


National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers

Journey to the wildest places on the globe, the Polar Regions, Oceans, Rain Forests, Mountains and Caves and Savannas. Explore an arctic cabin and test your ability to stand living in an ice-covered world. Descend into the deep in a 3-D submersible and explore how life forms at varying depths, even coming face-to-face with a great white shark! Identify incredible insects from the Amazon while learning the benefits of biodiversity. Ascend into the thin air of the Himalayas. Soar in a hot air balloon over the Savanna, learning about the life of elephants and other mammals.


Swing into Spring

Pose for photos with Navy Pier’s Bunny in the Family Pavilion. Come early for the chance to meet furry friends including dogs from PAWS Chicago and The Anti-Cruelty Society and birds from Brookfield Zoo. Plus, The Wave Swinger, 18-hole Miniature Golf and The Light House Drop-Bounce Ride open for the season on April 11.

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