MLK Jr. Weekend Things to Do in Chicago: Snowflake Scavenger Hunt, MLK Story Walk

Dr.Martin Luther King Jr announces the Chicago Freedom Movement, ST-17600206, photo courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times Collection,  Chicago History Museum
Dr.Martin Luther King Jr announces the Chicago Freedom Movement, ST-17600206, photo courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times Collection, Chicago History Museum

Looking for the best things to do in Chicago this weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this weekend.

Are you ready for even more days off school? Martin Luther King Day weekend comes as part of an extended break for Chicago Public School kids during the latest wave of COVID. The good news? There's plenty to do this weekend and the weather is likely to cooperate for some fun outdoor winter activities. Families can explore Lincoln Marsh at the Snowflake Scavenger Hunt, go snowtrekking in the nature sanctuary at Burnham Park, or track animals and gather around a campfire at the Trailside Museum of Natural History.

Celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by learning about his legacy at the Chicago History Museum or the MLK Story Walk in Brookfield. Kids can also perform service project at the Anti Cruelty Society in honor of Dr. King, or listen to kids' musicians Wendy & DB sing about diversity and other themes at the Elmhurst Public Library.

With temperatures in the 30s, this could be the perfect weekend for skating (anywhere) or skiing in locations that make their own snow. The long weekend also gives families a great opportunity to plan a day trip to one of our favorite Midwestern locations.

Remember that as of January 3, everyone over the age of 5 must provide proof of vaccination to get into restaurants, entertainment venues, and sports arenas in Cook County. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status, when indoors throughout the state. We try to provide lots of outdoor options, so if an event looks too crowded, try looking for something else on our event calendar.

 Here are our top picks for events to attend with your kids this weekend! 

Places featured in this article:


Prairie Center for the Arts

Warrenville Community Building

Trailside Museum of Natural History

Darien Park District Community Center

Trailside Museum of Natural History

Bottle & Bottega Park Ridge

Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes

Virtual

Bittersweet Ski and Snowboard Resort

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa

Sunburst Winter Sports Park

Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area

Snowstar Winter Sports Park

Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field

Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink

Central Athletic Complex- Ice Rink
Winter Story Trail
Trailside Museum of Natural History - 9:00 AM
Family Winter Scavenger Hunt and Campfire
Trailside Museum of Natural History - 1:00 PM
Sock Monkey Circus: Virtual
Puppet Showplace Theater - 3:00 PM
Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink - various times
Open Skate at Midway Plaisance
Midway Plaisance Ice Rink - various times
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