Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Star Wars, Egg Hunts, Earthfest, Robots

Spend a weekend immersed in a Star Wars experience featuring cast and crew appearances and special activities for kids, Photo courtesy of the Star Wars Celebration
Things to Do With Kids in Chicago April 13-14: Easter Egg Hunts, Easter Festivals, Star Wars Celebration, Robot Block Party, Earthfest

So. Many. Egg. Hunts. The weekend before Easter, there's hardly an open field, a public park, or a patch of grass in all of Chicagoland that isn't hiding eggs and treats for kids to find. See our roundup of egg hunts in Chicago neighborhoods and out in the suburbs for the full list—two of our top picks are a leisurely, FREE egg hunt at Cantigny Park, and a "vertical" climbing egg hunt for all ages at Brooklyn Boulders Chicago. If you're not into the thrill of the hunt, there are other Easter events to enjoy, from brunches and lunches to Easter bonnet decorating and cookie making, and of course photo ops with the Easter bunny.

While we're waiting for the bunny's arrival, some visitors from a galaxy far, far away are in town: Star Wars Celebration at McCormick Place has lots to see and do for aspiring Jedis and Resistance fighters. For even an more hands-on droid experience, visit the Robot Block Party at the Museum of Science and Industry. The annual Earthfest at the Adler Planetarium is a chance to celebrate our beautiful home planet and learn about ways to protect it, no lasers or X-wings required.

For dancers and music lovers, there are special kid-friendly performances this weekend by the American Ballet Theater and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, plus a family dance party featuring the music of Prince. And for even more April fun, see our list of spring carnivals and events for families, or our ever-expanding event calendar.