Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: St. Patrick's Day, Maple Sugar, Kids' Theater

Things to Do in Chicago With Kids March 16-17: St. Patrick's Day Parades and Festivals, Maple Sugar Fests, Kids' Theater
The Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo by Panu Tangchalermkul via Flickr

The biggest, greenest party of the year hits Chicago this weekend, with family-friendly St. Patrick's Day celebrations all over town. The biggest and greenest, of course, is the annual dyeing of the Chicago River on Saturday (catch the best views from a kid-friendly river cruise), set dressing for the great downtown St. Patrick's Day parade. But with kids it might be just as fun to hit one of the many neighborhood celebrations—the South Side St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday is family-friendly, as are the Northwest Side celebration, the Naperville parade, the big party at Gallagher Way in Wrigleyville, and the St. Patrick's Festival at the Irish American Heritage Center.

No sooner have we put away our shamrock hats than it's time to pull out the bunny ears, with the Easter bunny holding court at Orland Square and at Yorktown in Lombard. But the surest, sweetest sign that spring is actually around the corner: Maple syrup season. Tap into the good stuff at maple sugaring festivals and events at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago, Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook, River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook, and Spring Valley in Schaumburg.

Chicago's vibrant children's theater scene continues to deliver through the chilly final days of winter. This weekend sees the opening of The Time Warp Trio based on the bestsellers by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, as well as Winnie the Pooh at the Beverly Arts Center.

For more ideas for family fun in Chicago, our jam-packed event calendar is at the ready.