With the snow starting to melt, it's time to get out and enjoy all of the great, family-friendly events happening across Chicago this weekend. It's the perfect time to celebrate Black History Month, get a jump start on Mardi Gras, dream of sailing away to somewhere warm, and more!
Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, February 21, Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, February 23
1. Chicago Cultural Center Winter Open House
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Friday, Feb. 21, 11 am - 7:30 pm
Have you been curious to check out all that the Chicago Cultural Center has to offer to local families? Well, here's your chance. On Friday, you can head to the Chicago Cultural Center Winter Open House for a day of art, music and more. Throughout the day, you can enjoy live entertainment, a noon DJ dance party, a tour of the Chicago Cultural Center, treats from food trucks, and more. The event concludes with the opening of two new exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center - Mecca Flat Blues and Thirty-Five Years of Public Art.
2. Global Explorers Kids Carnival Fundraiser
Luther Memorial Church
2500 W. Wilson Ave.
Friday, Feb. 21, 6 - 9:30 pm
Suggested donation in advance: $20 adults and $6 kids
Suggested donation at the door: $25 adults and $8 kids
Global Explorers Kids offers a fun, family-friendly way for you to celebrate Mardi Gras right here in Chicago. At the event, you can jive to the sounds of live music, enjoy food and drinks, and participate in a costume contest. Children and adults alike also can have their face painted, play games and try their hand at a variety of crafts. Attendees of all ages are encouraged to wear a costume and/or mask and embrace your Carnival spirit! Proceeds from the event help Global Explorer Kids provide free and reduced priced programs to children and help fund cross-cultural collaborative projects that connecting local students with other children around the world.
3. Chicago Maritime Festival
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 am - 4:30 pm
$14 for adults; Children under 12 are free
Want to sail away from Chicago for a little while? You can let your imagination take you out onto the high sea at the Chicago Maritime Festival at the Chicago History Museum. Kids can try their hand at boat building, learn "songs for younger sailors", make turkshead (nautical rope) bracelets, and get tips on how to be an "underwater shipwreck detective."
1521 S. Linn White Dr., Chicago (Museum Campus)
The Chicago Park District's ninth annual Polar Adventure Days happen over three Saturdays from 12 - 4 p.m. at Northerly Island - and the third and final one takes place this weekend. At the free event, you can explore Northerly Island and come face-to-face with live animals, participate in winter activities, see dog sledding demonstrations, hear live entertainment, and create nature-inspired crafts. You also can rent snowshoes to explore the island (if there is enough snow). The event includes indoor and outdoor activities, and is geared towards all ages.
5. Black History Month Celebration at Loyola Park
1230 W. Greenleaf Ave. (Rogers Park)
Sunday, Feb. 23 from 12 - 4 pm
February is Black History Month and several celebrations will take place at Chicago Park District parks this weekend. On Sunday, you can head to the Black History Month Celebration at Loyola Park to celebrate the "rich black history of African-American, African and Caribbean ethnicities represented in the park." At the event, you can enjoy hearing music, poetry and historical remembrance pieces.
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