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

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
Things to Do in Chicago With Kids May 18-19: Family Festivals, Nature Exploration, Legos and Brick Safari

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.