12 Weekend Events for Chicago Families, Mar 31 – Apr 2

3/30/2017 1:10:03 PM
12 Weekend Events for Chicago Families, Mar 31 – Apr 2 - KidTrail Pick
Looks like it is going to be a gloomy and rainy weekend in Chicago.  Don’t fret!  There is still plenty of things to do with the kiddos and all the events on this list are indoors! And some are free too!  Get free entry at the Art Institute for kids under 18 or head to the Garfield Park Conservatory for a free nature adventure.  Or, maybe you feel like dancing this weekend, so check out the kids concert at Beat Kitchen or Carnival playdate at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  For a full list of events, check out the KidTrail events calendar. Have Fun!

FRIDAY MARCH 31, 2017

Free Kids Entry at The Art Institute of Chicago

What: With free admission for kids under 18, the Art Institute is a perfect family outing! Explore our family-friendly art-making activities, self-guides, games, and more below.
The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public and in accordance with our profession’s highest ethical standards and practices.

Date/Time: Daily from 10:30 AM to 5 PM

Age: Kids Under 18

Cost: Free

Location:
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
312-443-3600

Parent & Tot Yoga Drop In Session

What: Parent and Tot Yoga class for babies that are crawling to age 2.

Date/Time: Friday, March 31, 2017 from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

Age: Babies that are crawling to age 2

Cost: $18 per drop in class

Location:
Bloom Yoga Studio
4663 N. Rockwell St.
Chicago, IL 60625
773-463-9642

Sing Along with Electric Neil

What: Sing along with Electric Neil delights young audiences with silly songs and tall tales every Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 and 10 a.m. at the Main Barn in Lincoln Park Zoo’s Farm-in-the-Zoo. Join Electric Neil as he performs original songs while the wee ones dance and sing along. This joyful jamboree features animal songs and dances for children ages 6 and younger accompanied by a caregiver.

Date/Time: Friday, March 31, 2017 at 9:15 AM and 10 AM

Cost: Free

Location:
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
312-742-2000

Kids Nite Out at The Kids Table

What: You deserve a night out! Drop the kids off for their own fun-filled evening with us and enjoy a few grown-up hours out on the town. Kids make their own dinner and enjoy a post-meal activity, like a food-themed craft, games, or a movie.

Menu: Tea Party! with Tea Sandwiches, Mini Cupcakes & Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
Craft: Making animal finger puppets

Date/Time: Friday, March 31, 2017 from 6 PM to 9 PM

Age: 4 and Up

Cost: $40 per child

Location:
The Kids Table, Wicker Park
2337 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

SATURDAY APRIL 1, 2017

Playdate – Carnival at Old Town School of Folk Music

What: Colorful costumes, the pandeiro, Brazilian guitar, fantastic footwork, a Brazilian percussion master, the queen of the percussion from Rio's Carnaval, Brazilian folk music, and the popular circle dance, The Cirandland from Pernambuco!

Date/Time: Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10 AM

Cost: $7

Location:
Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625 
773-728-6000

Free Family Art Program

What: The Smart Museum offers a suite of free family programs designed to inspire children to think about and respond creatively to art. This Saturday, build a bust of yourself as Socrates or a Caesar. Using cardboard and plaster, we’ll make sculptural self-portraits inspired by plaster and marble busts on view in the Smart Museum’s special exhibition Classicisms.

Date/Time: Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1 PM to 4 PM

Age: Activities best for kids ages 4–12, accompanied by an adult.

Cost: Free. All materials provided. 

Location:
Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
773-702-0200

Kids Improv Show

What: From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.

Age: Shows are recommended for ages 3-10 and their whole family.

Date/Time: Shows are every Saturday at 10:30 AM.

Cost: Children under 2 are free. All other tickets are $10.

Location:
Storytown Improv
1225 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, Il 60657
773-245-3443

Storytime: Beauty & The Beast

What: Join us as we celebrate the release of the new Beauty and the Beast movie. In addition to a special Storytime, kids of all ages are invited to sing favorite songs from the movie soundtrack and participate in other fun activities. Attendees will receive a mini-poster and bookmark, while supplies last.

Date/Time: Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11 AM

Cost: Free

Location:
Barnes and Noble
1130 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
312-280-8155

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans

What: Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down flying owls, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you’d see in the Forbidden Forest, dragons that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, and eerie figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor.

Wizards and muggles alike can play and enjoy this hunt—in other words, you don’t have to know Hogwarts from hog warts to win! The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. It’s a great way to discover—or rediscover—the museum.

Age: This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together, but all-adult teams will be allowed to compete separately. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Cost: $15.00-$26.50

Location:
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave. 
Chicago 60603
(877) 946-4868

Kids & Family Yoga Drop In Session

What: 45-minute Yoga class for the entire family to enjoy and benefit from! The class will involve: review of yoga poses, an introduction to meditation, journaling and practicing partner activities. 

Date/Time: Saturday, Apri; 1, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Age: All ages are welcome and yoga experience is not required. Gratitude provides a warm, calm & welcoming environment to all ages of the family! The class is a great way to spend time with your kids, meet new families and stay warm on the weekend!

Cost: $10 per family member

Location:
Gratitude Yoga
501 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610
630-803-7157

SUNDAY APRIL 2, 2017

Concert for Kids

What: Beat Kitchen, a popular restaurant with a concert venue in the back, hosts a weekly kids concert on Sundays!  What a fun and creative way to spend your Sundays with the whole family. This Sunday, performer is Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies.

Date/Time: Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 12 PM, doors open at 11 AM

Cost: $6 to $7

Location:
Beat Kitchen
2100 W. Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
773-281-4444

Free Fiddleheads

What: Each weekend we cook up projects that get kids and families wondering about the plants and the natural world. Come visit over the weekend to get a dose of the tropics and keep your kids connected to nature throughout Chicago’s colder months. Each month, we will wonder about the natural world in a different way, with activities changing weekly. 

Date/Time: Saturday/Sunday at 12 PM to 4 PM

Cost: Free

Location:
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624
312-746-5100

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