St. Patrick's Day celebrations kick off in earnest this weekend around Chicago, with a Pot O' Gold Hunt and a St. Patrick's Day-themed kids' baking class on Saturday, plus St. Patrick's Day parades with Irish dancing and music in Lemont and Elmhurst. (If you don't love swimming through beer and crowds, neighborhood celebrations like these are a kid-friendly alternative to the main parade downtown next weekend.)
Kids can meet beloved children's book character Pippi Longstocking over pancakes at the Swedish American Museum on Saturday, or color eggs for Persian New Year at a Persian Nowruz Celebration featuring music and dance performances. The Art Institute hosts a Harry Potter themed scavenger hunt, and a colorful, magical, wild west-inspired circus comes to Millennium Park's Harris Theater with Cirque Eloize. And don't miss your chance to rock out with performances by School of Rock teachers at the Rock for Art benefit fair on Sunday.
It's the final weekend for DIY fort-making adventures at the Filament Theater, as well as the final weekend of performances for the inspiring When She Had Wings in Evanston. But the Morton Arboretum has confirmed that their enchanted Troll Hunt will continue through this summer—since their gentle giants have weathered this rough winter so well. (Better than most of us, anyway.)
Looking for more family fun in Chicago? Look no further than our constantly-updating event calendar, and our indoor winter fun bucket list for Chicago kids.