Wow! It's finally starting to feel like spring in Chicago. If you're like me, the warmer weather makes it hard to stay at home. Instead, I grab my family and, together, we head out and enjoy all the city has to offer us. Lucky for all of us, there are tons of great, multicultural events happening in Chicago all weekend long.
Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, April 11, Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13.
1. Family Night: All Aboard!
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St. (Gold Coast)
Friday, April 11, 6 - 9 pm
$10 for adults, $5 for members and $5 for children
Families who are fans of Night at the Museum will want to come to the Chicago History Museum's Family Night. Yes, the museum is keeping its doors open later on Friday to give you an inside look at what happens there after dark. Lucky for us, plenty of adventures await. You can go on your own railway adventures and hear tales inspired by the museum's new exhibition, Railroaders. You also can hear live music, play train bingo, create a railroad lantern, take photos in a photo booth, and more. The event is geared towards children ages 6 t0 12, and the museum asks that one adult attend with every three children.
2. MCA Family Day: Remix
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago (Streeterville)
Saturday, April 12, 11 am - 3 pm
Free admission for families with children 12 years old and under
This Saturday is the second Saturday of the month, which means its time to head to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) for its free monthly Family Day. Remix is the theme of this month's Family Day, and participants are encouraged to "remix" ordinary objects to create something new. Activities are appropriate for all ages.
3. Neighborhoods of the World: Celebrate India
Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens
600 E. Grand Ave. (Streeterville)
Sunday, April 13, 12 - 3 pm
Neighborhoods of the World continues at Navy Pier this weekend with a celebration of India - and the Indian communities here in Chicago. The celebration will feature live music, dance performances, folk art and more. It is presented in partnership with the Indo American Heritage Museum. I've been to many of the celebrations this year - and each one has been unique, inspiring and totally enjoyable for the whole family.
My sons have had the opportunity to see several shows at DePaul's Merle Reskin Theatre and each one has been smart, entertaining, and thought-provoking. The theatre's latest production, Jackie and Me, features Joey Stoshack, a young boy who travels back in time to meet Jackie Robinson to interview him for a report on an African-American role model. The production touches on a number of themes, including courage, facing prejudice, family, history, and overcoming adversity. It is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
5. Kids Craft Mornings: Corn Husk Dolls
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central St., Evanston
Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m - noon
Sunday, April 13 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Free with museum admission
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian invites children to come on the weekends to learn about Native American culture through hands-on activities. During the workshops, museum staff and volunteers lead informal sessions on how to construct simple versions of Native American objects using everyday craft materials. This weekend, children can learn how to make corn husk dolls. The drop-in workshops are recommended for children ages 4 and up.
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