Chicago Kids Weekend Events: Mar. 20-22

Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. However, sometimes closures occur at the last minute due to circumstances beyond our control, such as the spread of Covid-19. We highly recommend that you call ahead before you pack your kids (and all those snacks, and diapers…) and haul them across town. Stay safe! 

Birds are singing their songs. The sun is shining. And everyone is feeling alright because spring has made her debut. Keep the good vibrations going this weekend and take your crew to fun happenings across Chicago. Check out a colorful Holi celebration, stop to smell the roses at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show and see the new LEGO Trolls World Tour movie at LEGOLAND Discovery. Hello, spring. So glad you’re here.

photo: Chicago Flower & Garden Show


Have Colorful Fun at a Holi Celebration
Celebrate India’s Festival of Colors at Bubbles Academy! Join in for a one-of-a-kind Holi celebration, with Bollywood dancing, cultural exploration, Holi art, Indian snacks, open play, and play Holi with real & organic colors! Sat. Event details.

Garfield Park

Listen to Free Music with the City’s Juicebox Series
With the Juicebox series, kids will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and interact with performers. Also presenting Friday at the Chicago Cultural Center. Sat. Event details 


Participate in The Greatest Story Never Told
A hapless narrator discovers his storybook has no text and learns that none of the actors are coming to perform! The solution? Have children in the audience volunteer to become a character. Sat. & Sun. Event details

Lincoln Park

New! See Dragons Alive at Peggy Notebaert
Don’t be afraid, but dragons await you! You’ll stare into the deep eyes of the bearded dragon, measure yourself against the mighty black-throated monitor, and wonder at the beauty of the colorful jeweled lacerta. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Plan a Glamping Staycation at Hotel Monaco
Make the most of a Chicago staycation with an indoor camping experience at Hotel Monaco Chicago. This special package features a sleeping bag, flashlight, books and a star machine at check-in. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Navy Pier

Smell the Roses at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Little gardeners can really dig into the fun at the show’s Kid’s Activity Garden and enjoy craft projects, tea time socials, insect encounters and learning to build birdhouses of their very own. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Limited Time Only! Be Treated Like Royalty at Castle
Young imaginations are invited to play in Chicago Children’s Museum’s Castle with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard’s room, kitchen, feasting table, market and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details



Last Chance! See the Ghost in Gadsden’s Garden
The Actors Gym applies its unique brand of physicalized stage-craft to tell a ghastly tale of, interestingly enough, garden tending. Join in for an all-new spectacularly spectral circus! Fri.-Sun. Event details


Almost Gone! Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond
Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond features 4 distinct interactive learning areas modeled after episodes that encourage kids to learn about their natural environment and incorporate each TV character. Fri.-Sun. Event details


New! Have Hair-Raising Fun at LEGO Trolls World Tour
Join in on a celebration of the new Trolls World Tour movie! Whether you’re a pop diva or a rock god, prepare to get Trolls World Tour ready, with an all-access pass to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center’s Troll-tastic Adventure. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


— Maria Chambers


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