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

Sound Playground lets little ones (and curious grownups) explore all things sound. Photo courtesy of Chicago Children's Museum
Things to Do in Chicago With Kids May 11-12: Mother's Day Brunches, Cruises, and Festivals, Lilac Time, Sound Playground

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.