Sound Playground lets little ones (and curious grownups) explore all things sound. Photo courtesy of Chicago Children's Museum
Sound Playground lets little ones (and curious grownups) explore all things sound. Photo courtesy of Chicago Children's Museum

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Brunches, Cruises, Fests, Shows, and Flowers

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and grandmoms, and may your breakfast in bed include bottomless coffee and minimal burnt toast. If you decide to venture out of bed for your big day, Mother's Day brunches in Chicago this weekend include lakefront cruises launching from Navy Pier or Cityfront Plaza, a Mother's Day brunch that includes admission to the MCA (plus a cocktail), a brunch for moms and families at the Lincoln Park Zoo with live music, a brunch that honors moms with an optional build-your-own-Bloody-Mary bar at the Art Institute, and a luxe brunch at the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden.

Not a brunch person? Other special ways to celebrate Mother's Day and spend time as a family include an outdoor concert at Indian Boundary Park (home to the famed playground), a family festival at the Shedd Aquarium, a Mother's Day Soiree for littles at Bubbles Academy, and a family dance party with the music of the Rolling Stones.

On Saturday, Chicago parks citywide host family days with nature walks and activities, the Museum of Contemporary Art hosts its monthly free family day, and Lombard's annual Lilac Time festival includes a free kids' bash. Catch the final weekend of the spring flower show at the Garfield Park Conservatory as well as the interactive public art exhibit LOOP at Navy Pier, or hit opening weekend for the Sound Playground (which is just as cool as it sounds) at the Chicago Children's Museum. 

For more family fun in Chicago, check out our roundup of over 50 (!) fairs and festivals coming to town this summer, and the bursting-at-the-seams event calendar.


Polk Brothers Park
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Children's Museum
700 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624

Lyric Opera
20 N Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

Lilacia Park
150 S. Park Avenue
Lombard, IL 60148

Bubbles Academy
2184 North Elston
Chicago, IL 60614

Big Marsh Park
11555 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Giddings Plaza
4700 block of North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

Adventure Stage Chicago
1012 N. Noble St.
Chicago, IL 60642

Neo-Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60640

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Cityfront Plaza
455 N Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Indian Boundary Park
2500 W. Lunt Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645

Marisol at the MCA
205 E Pearson St
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Architecture Center
111 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Cafe Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo
2021 N Stockton Drive
Chicago, IL 60614

Terzo Piano at the Chicago Art Institute
159 E Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603

Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago , IL 60605

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022