Top 5 events for families in Chicago this weekend - 3/22 and 3/23

Hooray for spring! Right, Chicago? Now that warmer temperatures are on the way (finally!), it's the perfect time to get out and enjoy our fair city with your family. As always, there is no shortage of family-friendly cultural and ethnic activities to enjoy in Chicago (the city and the suburbs) this weekend.

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five cultural and ethnic events for families in Chicago this weekend - Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23.

And, here are the full details:

1. CAFamily Studio: Stop Motion Animation with Siobhan Leonard
Chicago Architecture Foundation's ArcelorMittal Design Studio
224 S. Michigan Ave., (Loop)
Saturday, March 22, 11 am - 3 pm
$5 per child, free for members

Families with budding artists - or just kids who appreciate and enjoy art - should head on over for the CAFamily Studio at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. On Saturday, Siobhan Leonard, a local artist and art educator, will turn your drawings and doodles into "animated works of art." And, if that wasn't cool enough, children ages 5 - 13 can draw on the walls while Siobhan "animates the process." The final product will be made available online.

2. Northwest Celtic Festival
Sears Centre Arena
5333 Prairie Stone Pkwy, Hoffman Estates
Saturday, March 22, 10 am - 5 pm
Free parking and admission

A Celtic celebration is brewing in the northwest suburbs. Yes, on Saturday, you can head to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates to enjoy traditional Celtic-themed games, activities and food. Highlights include a soccer tournament hosted by the Hoffman United Soccer Club, Highland sheep dog herding demonstrations, Celtic music and dance, children's games, and beer and scotch tasting (for the adults, of course). Food concessions will be open throughout the event.

3. Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23, 11 am - 4 pm
Free admission; $20 parking (per car)

Now that spring is officially here, it's the perfect time to soak it all in - and the Chicago Botanic Garden is the perfect place to do it. On Saturday, the Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting its Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend event. During the event, you can write a seasonal haiku, make a cherry blossom hanging scroll, and enjoy a tea ceremony demonstration. You also can hear traditional storytelling and a koto harp performance - all in the Japanese Garden.

4. Neighorhoods of the World: Philippines
Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens
600 E. Grand Ave. (Streeterville)
Sunday, March 23, 12 - 3 pm
Free admission

Neighborhoods of the World continues at Navy Pier this weekend with a celebration of the Philippines - and the Filipino communities here in Chicago. The Philippine celebration will feature live music, dance performances, food, art and more. It is presented in partnership by the Consulate General Philippines and Philippine American Cultural Foundation.

5. Rainbow Loom Expo
Allstate Arena
6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont
Sunday, March 23, 12 - 2 pm
Expo is free with purchase of a Chicago Wolves game ticket

Are your kids into Rainbow Loom? Do they constantly make bracelets, while tracking tiny rubber bands all over your home? Then, you're in luck. On Sunday afternoon, the Allstate Arena will transform into a virtual Rainbow Loom mecca just perfect for huge fans of the rubber band bracelets. The inaugural Rainbow Loom Expo, hosted by the Chicago Wolves and Learning Express Toys, will be packed full of more than 25 Rainbow Loom booths. During the expo, participants can learn new techniques, ask questions of Rainbow Loom experts, trade with other Rainbow Loom aficionados, and even meet Choon Ng, the inventor of this increasingly popular crafty craze. Plus, the first 2,500 kids (ages 15 and under) will receive a free "Skates" charm.

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