Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Star Wars, Egg Hunts, Earthfest, Robots

So. Many. Egg. Hunts. The weekend before Easter, there's hardly an open field, a public park, or a patch of grass in all of Chicagoland that isn't hiding eggs and treats for kids to find. See our roundup of egg hunts in Chicago neighborhoods and out in the suburbs for the full list—two of our top picks are a leisurely, FREE egg hunt at Cantigny Park, and a "vertical" climbing egg hunt for all ages at Brooklyn Boulders Chicago. If you're not into the thrill of the hunt, there are other Easter events to enjoy, from brunches and lunches to Easter bonnet decorating and cookie making, and of course photo ops with the Easter bunny.

While we're waiting for the bunny's arrival, some visitors from a galaxy far, far away are in town: Star Wars Celebration at McCormick Place has lots to see and do for aspiring Jedis and Resistance fighters. For even an more hands-on droid experience, visit the Robot Block Party at the Museum of Science and Industry. The annual Earthfest at the Adler Planetarium is a chance to celebrate our beautiful home planet and learn about ways to protect it, no lasers or X-wings required.

For dancers and music lovers, there are special kid-friendly performances this weekend by the American Ballet Theater and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, plus a family dance party featuring the music of Prince. And for even more April fun, see our list of spring carnivals and events for families, or our ever-expanding event calendar.

Weekend Fun: Sheep to Shawl Fest, Egg Hunts, Family Fun Day

With Easter right around the corner, this weekend offers several related events for Westchester and Hudson Valley families. Among these are the The Great Green Eggstravaganza; ways to dine, pose, and even skate with the Easter Bunny; a culinary lesson in the Italian tradition Cassatedde for Easter; and numerous area egg hunts.

Among the spring fairs and festivals we’ve told you about is Sheep to Shawl, happening this weekend. Expect assorted woolly fun throughout the two-day event.

Looking for more FREE fun? Take advantage of the workshops and entertainment available at Family Fun Day.

Many more fun ways to spend the weekend lie ahead. Consult our Event Calendar for many more options to choose from, use our April GoList to help plan the rest of the month, and depend on our Spring Break Guide to help keep your kids occupied while school is out!

Easter Egg Hunts in Chicago and the Suburbs

Celebrate Easter with kids at one of Chicago’s fun, treat-filled egg hunts. Most are outdoors at neighborhood parks and offer additional spring fun, including crafts, music, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny.

Easter egg hunts tend to be fast-paced and crowded, so arrive early and expect competition for those eggs. If you or your little one are crowd-averse, consider one of the hunts that costs a small fee, since they usually limit the number of participants and tend to be a bit less crowded than the free egg hunts.

While Easter Sunday is April 21 this year, most of the Easter egg hunts in Chicago are scheduled for the weekend before Easter. Our list is organized into hunts alphabetically by 'hood, with hunts in downtown Chicago neighborhoods as well as Easter egg hunts in the Chicago suburbs.

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Weekend Events: Spring Festivals, Earth Day, Easter Egg Hunts

Touch a truck, enjoy a marine touch tank, explore a tiny house, and more this weekend at the Family Earth Day Expo at Heckscher Park. 

Celebrate Earth Day at Tackapausha Museum and Preserve with trail walks, animals presentations, science activities, a nature playground, crafts, and more. Sayville Spring Fest features a petting zoo, talent stage, a magician, arts, crafts, and more. Enjoy a spring festival in Stony Brook at The Ward Melville Heritage Organization with a petting zoo, balloon artists, dance performances and market.

Weekend Fun for D.C. Kids: Easter Egg Hunts, Spring Festivals, Carnivals April 13-14

This weekend, the end of the year's cherry blossom season overlaps with Easter fun. Soak up the last of the beautiful pink blossoms, then head over to one of many Easter egg hunts or spring festivals filling up our events calendar this Saturday and Sunday. 

In the mood for something else? Check out the final weekend of Alice in Wonderland on stage, head to an arts and crafts festival or two, or do some environmental volunteering. There's lots to choose from!

From Easter celebrations to Earth Day events, whatever you choose, we hope you have a fun-filled, memory-making weekend with your family! 

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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Museums, Egg Hunts, Consignment Sales April 13-14

This springtime weekend brings outdoor fun to the Delaware Valley. Philly families can visit an arboretum to see the spectacular cherry blossoms or participate in an education program to learn about water. Kids can dig in the dirt at Newlin Grist Mill's Public Archaeology Day or explore interactive displays about planet Earth at Ambler's Earthfest. Support furry friends by running (or walking) in a 5 K (or 2 K) or get creative and enter the Children's Daffodil Contest at Winterthur.

On the other hand, discover something new at one of the fabulous museums in the region. For starters, it's opening weekend for Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Exhibit at Franklin Institute. Mercer Museum presents its annual Dolls Day Out, Science History Museum hosts a free workshop through TechGirlz on how to Save the Planet through Crowdsourcing, the Academy of Natural Sciences welcomes Animal Superheroes, and Penn Museum features the theme, Cards, Dice, and Dominoes, during its Second Saturdays event. Other indoor options include Family Fest at Parkway Central Library and the Literacy Carnival at South Philadelphia High School.

Don't forget to purchase deeply discounted new-to-you spring clothes at local consignment sales and hit a few of the fantastic egg hunts around town, many of which are free. Read on for more ideas and make it a great weekend!

8 Things to Love About the Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York, located near the top of Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue across from the northeastern corner of Central Park, may not look like a kid-friendly place at first glance, with its opulent facade. Look closer, however, and you'll learn it's actually a great destination for children, thanks to its frequent hands-on family programs, robust on-site classes meant to teach tweens about the history of NYC, and easy-to-digest NYC-themed exhibits that remind kids (and parents!) how lucky we are to live in a place with such a rich cultural past and present.

Originally opened in 1923 in Gracie Mansion, the Museum of the City of New York moved to its current, Georgian Colonial-Revival building in 1932. Its permanent collection overflows with drawings, photographs, garments, textiles, paintings, sculptures, furniture and artifacts that all have something to do with the history of our great city. Read on for eight things to love about this cultural gem in the heart of East Harlem.

In Martin Richard's Memory, Amazing New Playground to Open in Boston

As an active little boy in Dorchester, 8-year-old Martin Richard loved climbing, swinging, and playing ball at his neighborhood playgrounds. His parents say this playtime helped develop Martin's keen sense of sportsmanship and fairness before his life was taken too soon in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. So it was a natural fit that a playground that emphasizes both fun and inclusiveness has been built in his honor. Opening June 15th next to the Boston Children's Museum at the Smith Family Waterfront, this one-acre addition to Boston's awesome playground scene features lots of green space, harbor views, handicap- and wheelchair-accessible play equipment, and innovative structures, from a giant play ship to a "water garden" splash pad. Here's the scoop on how designers and Martin's loved ones envisioned the park, and what Boston kids and families are sure to love about it.

16 Great Parks and Playgrounds for NYC Kids' Birthdays

Savvy DIY parents know that during the warmer months, New York City's parks make a fun (and inexpensive) backdrop for a birthday bash. Granted, this type of party requires more work than booking one of those all-inclusive packages, but you get to control most of the details, including the cost (though sadly, not the weather).

Find more party spots in our NYC Birthday Guide, including inexpensive room rentals for when bad weather threatens the fun.

The Children's Museum in Pasadena You Don't Know Yet

A few weeks ago, I randomly stumbled upon a children’s space that I didn’t even know existed. I was genuinely stunned and wondered how I could have missed the Southern California Children’s Museum before. Determined not to let another day go by, I made plans to visit the museum immediately with my two-year-old (I was actually way more excited to check out this place than he was!).

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