Family Fun

What to Do With the Family This Spring in Chicago

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Boulders

It’s spring break for much of the city, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Catch some great shows, special weekend festivals and more this weekend.

Climb Higher with Brooklyn Boulders
Spring break can be long, but luckily Brooklyn Boulders offers a nice reprieve for kids to work off some energy and climb. They’ll get climbing help and there will also be games and STEAM activities to keep them entertained. Their adventure camps run from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and cost $119- 139 per day.
Details: March 25-29 April 5, April 10

March Family Music Madness
If college basketball isn’t your thing, you can still get in on the March madness with a little bit of family music. Head to Wicker Park’s Chop Shop for fun with Little Miss Ann and her band. Stay for brunch (not included) and make a morning of it!

Kids Garden at the Chicago Flower Show
Sign us up for anything that can breathe spring into the longest winter ever. The Navy Pier annual flower show is exactly what we need. It’s what the kids need too, there are plenty of activities they will love in the kids’ garden, like an insect petting zoo, Earth Day decorating station and fairy and gnome tea parties.
Details: Through March 24

Photo courtesy of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Good Food Expo Kids Corner
Now in its 15th year, the Good Food Expo is a great event for those who care about the future of our food. It’s also a lot of fun with plenty of samples, chef demos and interesting panels on everything from using compost to raising backyard ducks. There is also a kids’ corner from non-profit Purple Asparagus that kids have grown to love! Tickets are free on Saturday March 23, with online registration here.

Experience Spring at Great Wolf Lodge
Since it sure doesn’t feel like spring yet, head up to Gurnee and spend a night at Great Wolf Lodge—it’s truly a family mecca. Ride waterslides, climb walls, mini golf, bowl, hang in the arcade and if you aren’t exhausted yet, there’s a ropes course and a special magic wand game. Did we mention food, story time and dance parties? Starting March 16, they launch “Springapalooza,” with even more fun to be had.

Danny Rudnick performs at Chicago Magic Lounge/Photo courtesy of the Chicago Magic Lounge

Family Show at the Chicago Magic Lounge
Budding magicians, or just those kids that are fascinated by magic, will love heading to the Chicago Magic Lounge. Typically an adult experience, every Sunday the spot welcomes the whole family. Mini Home Run Inn pizzas and hot dogs are perfect for the kiddos, and brunch cocktails (and food!) for the adults. All shows are at 12 p.m. each Sunday; recommended 5 and older.

LEGOLAND is an adventure any day, but through April 7, they’re celebrating the newest movie with a themed scavenger hunt, an appearance by Emmet and giving away fun collectibles. Kids can also help contribute to the The Lego Movie 2 mosaic build. Ticket prices vary, but buy in advance online for the best deal.

Djembe Show
The Apollo Theater is home to this one-of-a-kind show where the audience also gets to play djembe drums along with the stage performers. Energy, theatrics and motivating music make this show a must-see for the whole family! Tickets are around $39.

Playdate With Baby Shark
Yes, Baby Shark has officially become a thing. Embrace it or run away, but if you choose the former, Take a Break Play Café is offering a Baby Shark show, playtime and a meet-and-greet with the shark itself. Now try and get the song out of your head! $25 for one child and one adult.

Seussical the Musical
Head up to Lincolnshire to the Marriott Theatre for a performance with everyone’s favorite Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical through March 31. Their shows are always super interactive and there isn’t a bad seat in the house! Stick around after the performance for an interactive Q&A session with the cast. Tickets are $18.23

Go See the Beloved Bear Corduroy On Stage
One of our favorite children’s books, Corduroy, is hitting the stage via the Emerald City Theatre. Watch the heartwarming story come to life in the department store and prepare for all of the feelings when Lisa returns to purchase her special friend.
Details: Suitable for children ages 3 and older. Tickets: $22

Courtesy of the Alex Ross/Dunn Museum

The Art of Alex Ross
Kids who marvel at superheroes will love this exhibit at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville. Alex Ross has illustrated some of Marvel’s most illustrious superheroes, like Spiderman, Capitan America and Iron Man.
Details: $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and youth 4-17, free for children 3 and younger

Blue Man Group
This show is no newbie to the scene, and there is good reason why it’s stuck around so long. The whole family will love all of the music, comedy, art and multimedia that comes in this 90-minute show. Stick around afterwards and grab a selfie with one of the blue men.
Details: Ticket prices vary; special children’s tickets are available for ages 3-9. Tickets range from $49 and up

Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Courtesy of Blue Man Group