Spring Break at the Chicago History Museum
Who says you have to leave town to vacation? Catch two days of Windy City–themed flicks along with live music and activities. $12–$14, kids 12 and under free, at Chicago History Museum (1601 N Clark St,312-642-4600).
Arbor Day at the Arboretum
Go ahead, hug that tree. The birthplace of Arbor Day celebrates with tree planting, storytelling and a parade with the mischievous monkey Curious George. $8–$11, kids 2 and under free, at Morton Arboretum (4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle;630-968-0074).
Civil War Days
Doesn’t matter if you’re blue or gray—this day is all about enjoying the ride back in time to see Civil War reenactors, full-scale artillery battles and even an appearance by Illinois’s finest, Mr. Abe Lincoln. $12, kids $8, at Naper Settlement (523 S Webster St, Naperville; 630-420-6010).
13th Annual Kids and Kites Festival
Fly a kite up to the highest height at this annual fest, which includes face painting, live performances and loads of free candy that literally falls from the sky. Free at Montrose Harbor (312-742-5121).
LEGO Pirate Weekend
Shiver yer timbers this weekend when wee sailors hunt for treasure, participate in buccaneer-themed building and yo-ho-ho the day away. $19, kids $15 (2 and under free), at LEGOLAND Discovery Center (601 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg;847-592-9700).