Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - April 5 and 6

It's finally starting to feel like spring in Chicago. So, if you're not gone for spring break, it's time to grab your family and head out into the city. Yes, we've got another fun-filled, multicultural event-packed weekend on the horizon for us in Chicago.

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6:

And, here are the full details:

1. Harris Theater's Family Series: Mercury Half-Life
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph Drive (Lakeshore East)
Saturday, April 5 at 2 pm
Family Series performance tickets are $10 - 15

On Saturday, families can catch a special, hour-long performance of choreographer Trey McIntyre's Mercury Half-Life. The performance features dances set to the songs of Freddie Mercury and Queen. The performance is the last one of the season for the Harris Theater's Family Series, which offers kid-length performances perfect for families who want to expose their children to world-class theater (at reasonable prices) right here in Chicago. Tickets are available for purchase online.

2. Family Trolley Tours
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St. (Gold Coast)
Saturday, April 5, 10 am - 12 pm
Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for kids

Saturday marks the start of the Chicago History Museum's Family Trolley Tours. You and your family can hop on an open-air trolley with tour guide Josh Eisenberg to find out more about Chicago. The weekend, you can learn about "The City that Goes." The two-hour tour will explore how people have gotten around Chicago more the last 150 years. The tour begins at the museum, and is recommended for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. 

3. Neighborhoods of the World: Celebrate Italy
Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens
600 E. Grand Ave. (Streeterville)
Sunday, April 6, 12 - 3 pm
Free admission

Neighborhoods of the World continues at Navy Pier this weekend with a celebration of Italy - and the Italian communities here in Chicago. The celebration will feature live music, dance performances, food, art and more. It is presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. I've been to most of the celebrations so far this year - and each one has been unique, inspiring and totally enjoyable for the whole family.

4. The 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival: The Boy and the World
AMC River East
322 E. Illinois St. (Streeterville)
Sunday, April 6 at 3 pm
Tickets are $8

The 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival kicked off on Thurs., April 5, and continues through April 17. The festival aims to promote Latino culture and showcase its more than 20 different nationalities. Families will enjoy The Boy and the World, an 80-minute, animated movie from Brazil that will be shown in Portuguese with English subtitles.  The 2013 movie tells the story of Cuca, who heads out to explore the Brazil after his father leaves the country for the city in search of better opportunities for his family. The end result is a showcase of Brazil and a whimsical tale that all ages will enjoy. Tickets can be purchased tickets online.

5. Japan and Nature Exhibit at Kohl Children's Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
Ongoing through July 14
Check daily hours online
Free with museum admission (tickets for adults and children are $9.50)

The new Japan and Nature Exhibit is open for exploration at the Kohl Children's Museum in north suburban Glenview. The new exhibit is organized around the "universal aspects of childhood - play, school, family and holidays." It enables kids to explore traditional Japanese activities throughout the four seasons through dress up, role play, music, calligraphy, art and more.

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