Enjoy the beauty of Lilacia Park at Lilac Time, a horticultural showcase featuring 700 lilacs and 25,000 tulips!  Photo courtesy of the Lombard Park District
Enjoy the beauty of Lilacia Park at Lilac Time, a horticultural showcase featuring 700 lilacs and 25,000 tulips! Photo courtesy of the Lombard Park District

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Festivals, Legos, Turtles, Free Museums

Spring is on a roll in Chicago (finally), with family-friendly festivals and events that include the grand finale of the Lilac Time festival in Lombard, with parades of both pups and people, as well as the weekend-long snack fest at Taste of Glen Ellyn. Also this weekend, kids can bounce, walk, or roll in support of a cure at the Cure SMA Walk-N-Roll on Saturday in Westmont or Cure Jump-a-Thon at Altitude Chicago on Sunday.

Nature-loving kids can celebrate and help protect wildlife in the city at a special bird-watching walk at McKinley Park, or honor World Turtle Day (yes, that's a thing) at Tea With the Turtles at Peggy Notebaert—don't forget to play at the super-cool TreeHouses exhibit while you're there.

Lucky for us, Chicago is home to a treasure trove of incredible museums—the Wired to Wear exhibit at the MSI is a must-see—but did you know that some of Chicago's niftiest museums are way off Museum Campus? Check out Elmhurst's trio of museums at Sunday's Museum Day, when the Elmhurst Art Museum, the Elmhurst History Museum, and the wonderfully funky Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art all open their doors for FREE. (Anyone who remembers the old Santa's Village will dig the Elmhurst History Museum's exhibit devoted to Chicago's local amusement parks.) 

Meanwhile, Lego fans won't want to miss the Brookfield Zoo's new Brick Safari, and kids can keep building toward the future at the Chicago Architecture Center's Lego Build Workshop dedicated to Aqua Tower on Sunday.

For more spring and summer fun for Chicago families, see our bustling event calendar.


Lilacia Park
150 S. Park Ave
Lombard , IL 60148

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

Merle Reskin Theatre
60 E. Balbo Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

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

Elmhurst History Museum
120 E. Park Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Downtown Glen Ellyn
Main Street at Crescent Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614

Lunges 'N Lattes
6805 Stanley Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402

Silverado Grill
447 S. Spring Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

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

Ty Warner Park
700 Blackhawk Drive
Westmont, IL 60559

Olin Studio Chicago
1957 W 23rd St
Chicago, IL 60608

McKinley Park
2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th street
Chicago, IL 60608

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
220 Cottage Hill
Elmhurst, 60126

Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst , IL 60126

Elmhurst History Museum
120 E. Park Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614

Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse
3501 North Kilbourn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60641

Chicago Architecture Center
111 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Altitude Trampoline Park
404 N ARMOUR ST
Chicago, IL 60642

Glenbard East High School
1014 S. Main Street
Lombard, IL 60148

Shapiro Ballroom
1612 W Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622