13 Fun Weekend Events in Chicago for Kids, Apr 15 – 17, 2016

4/14/2016 2:36:59 PM
13 Fun Weekend Events in Chicago for Kids, Apr 15 – 17, 2016 - KidTrail Pick
Meet a Scientist Event at The Field Museum
It is officially Spring in Chicago and the weather is starting to pick up! There is plenty of fun Chicago kids activities this weekend and some free too! Try a family Yoga class (drop in session) at Bloom Yoga or Tula Yoga. Or head to the Museum of Science & Industry for a super cool omnimax show on Humpback Whales or the National Parks.  Some free events include the much loved Neighborhoods of the World Festival at Navy Pier or free story time at Barnes & Noble. Lots to do, enjoy!


Parent & Tot Yoga
Bloom Yoga Studio
4663 N. Rockwell St.
Chicago, IL 60625

What: Drop in Parent and Tot Yoga class for babies that are crawling to age 2. At Bloom Yoga Studio, we're all about inspiring people to be happier and healthier in daily life through a welcoming and accessible approach to yoga.

Age: Babies and Toddlers

Date/Time: Friday April 15, 2016 at 10:15 to 11:15 AM

Cost: $18 per drop in class.

National Parks Adventure Omnimax
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

What: Experience the ultimate off-trail adventure into America’s awe-inspiring great outdoors. For 100 years, beautiful places like Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Everglades, the Redwoods and Arches have been living monuments to the nation’s vast and untamed wilderness. National Parks Adventure, narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, celebrates the majesty of these treasured landscapes. Join world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they bike, hike and climb their way across America’s most pristine parks, revealing a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in us all.

Date/Time: Friday April 15, 2016 at 10 AM, 12 PM or 2 PM. 

Cost: Museum Entry Fee plus Omnimax Ticket.

Free Juicebox Concert 
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

What: With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the FREE admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and interact with performers. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Juicebox series runs on alternating Fridays at the Chicago Cultural Center.

First and Third Fridays at the Chicago Cultural Center till June.

Date/Time: Friday April 15, 2016 at 11 AM to 11:45 AM

Cost: FREE

Meet a Scientist at Field
The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

What: On Fridays from 10am to noon, scientists will be out in the Museum sharing the wonders of our collections and highlights of their research. Hear about their work, see real artifacts and specimens from the approximately 30 million objects in The Field Museum's collections, and experience the Museum like never before. Topics will range from birds to insects, from mammals to plants, from pottery to spear points, and more!

Date/Time: Friday April 15, 2016 at 10 AM to 12 PM

Cost: Included with General Admission Fee.

Kids Eat FREE at Crosby’s Kitchen
Crosby's Kitchen
3455 N. Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

What: This super family friendly restaurant serving American comfort food offers kids eat free daily from 4 – 6pm. So, bring in your kiddos and enjoy an evening of good food. No worries here as the whole place seems like it was designed with families in mind. There is a section to park your strollers as well as stools in the bathrooms for the little ones. Top it off with some delicious do it yourself ice cream sundae!

Date/Time: Friday March 15, 2016 from 4 – 6 PM.

Age: Limited to kids under age 12.

Cost: Free for Kids under 12


Mother’s Day Workshop
Kid’s Clay Room
2646 N. Halsted St. 
Chicago, IL 60614

What: Come make something special for Mom! Children will be given a number of projects to choose from such as flowerpots, vases, picture frames etc. Completed pieces will be ready for pick up before Mother's Day. 

Date/Time: Saturday April 16, 2016 from 2 PM to 3:30 PM

Age: For kids 4 and up

Cost: $35/project maker

Family Swim at Goldfish
Goldfish Swim School
Neighborhood: Roscoe Village
2630 West Bradley Place
Chicago, IL 60618

What: Join us every Saturday for Family Swim from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Saturdays require reservations, please send your requests to swimroscoevillage@goldfishss.com starting at 10:00am on the Saturday you would like to swim. Please include the total number of swimmers.

Date/Time: Saturday April 16, 2016 at 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Cost: $10 per child, adult swims free.

FREE Juicebox Concert Series
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624

What: Free concerts on Saturday mornings for your kids from 11am to noon! In partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events we’ll have performances by musicians, dancers, storytellers and more. It’s the perfect place for your kids to get their wiggles out this winter and spring season.

First and Third Saturdays of the month till end of May.

Date/Time: Saturday April 16, 2016 from 11 AM to Noon

Cost: FREE

Kids Eat FREE at Pork Shoppe
Pork Shoppe
5721 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60660

What: Pork Shoppe is an American BBQ restaurant located in Andersonville. In addition to exceptional food, they also provide local draft beer and homemade cocktails. Menu items include salads, corn fritter, pulled pork and chopped brisket to name a few. In addition to lunch and dinner, weekend brunch is offered from 10 AM to 2 PM as well as on Mondays. Kids eat FREE is offered in their Andersonville location only.

Age: Limited to kids 12 and under.

Date/Time: Saturday April 16, 2016 from 4 PM to 7 PM.
Cost: Two FREE kids meal per one adult entree.

FREE Story Time
Barnes & Noble
1441 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

What: Storytime at Barnes and Noble, Webster Place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays. Except holidays. Please check website for schedule of stories to be read each week. Some days, the time may change due to special events so always call to confirm the scheduled time.

Date/Time: Saturday April 16, 2016 at 11 AM to 11:45 AM

Cost: FREE


Neighborhoods of the World – India
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

What: Neighborhoods of the World, Celebrate India! Chicago is famous for its ethnic neighborhoods – and Navy Pier is proud to honor the city’s Indian community with this cultural celebration for all ages. Join us for a lively afternoon of music, puppetry, mosaic workshop, colorful costumes and local vendors selling art! Located in Crystal Gardens.

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier has served many purposes throughout its rich history and currently encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities and is the top leisure destination in the Midwest, drawing nearly nine million visitors annually.

Date/Time: Sunday April 17, 2016 from 12 PM to 4 PM

Cost: FREE

Humpback Whales Omnimax
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

What: Narrated by two time Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor, Humpback whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals. Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga, this ocean adventure offers an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young.

Found in every ocean on earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a slow but remarkable recovery. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent, 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year.

Date/Time: Sunday April 17, 2016 at 11 AM, 1 PM or 3 PM

Cost: This show requires an additional ticket with a specified entry time.

Family Yoga – Drop in Session
Tula Yoga
Neighborhood: Logan Square
2827 W. Belden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

What: Introduce yoga to your kids at a young age! Our family class incorporates breathing, dancing, partner poses, games, story time and relaxation so that the whole family can enjoy the benefits of yoga.

Date/Time: Sunday April 17, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Age: it is recommended that children are at least walking to be able to fully participate in this class, pre-walking siblings are always welcome to join their older siblings

Cost: $12 per drop in session

Photo Credit: The Field Museum



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