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This weekend: Star Wars Day, Cinco de Mayo party, and more

May the force be with you when celebrating Star Wars Day in the Chicago area on May 4, 2014.
May the force be with you when celebrating Star Wars Day in the Chicago area on May 4, 2014.
Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images

Although the calendar says it’s May, it may still feel like winter with the chill in the air in Chicago. You and your family can shake off the last of the winter doldrums by participating in an assortment of events in and around the Windy City the weekend of May 3 and 4, 2014.

You and your child can learn about butterflies through the program Wee Wonders: Amazing Butterflies at Sand Ridge Nature Center (15891 Paxton Ave., South Holland) through the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The one-hour event starts at 10 a.m. on May 3, 2014, and is geared to preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo one day early through the Piñata Party at the Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark St., Chicago). Participants will create piñatas for zoo animals, then get to see the animals tear apart the craft. Two sessions are available on Sunday, May 4, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The fee is $13 for nonmembers, and registration is required.

With Family Sunday at the National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th St., Chicago), you and your child can explore the museum’s exhibits and create art of your own. The fun starts at noon on May 4, and registration is required.

Hop aboard your hovercraft and head to Star Wars Day at the Oak Park Public Library (834 Lake St., Oak Park) on May 4 at 2 p.m. for crafts and a costume parade. The Midwest Garrison will make an appearance, giving you and your child an opportunity to meet favorite Star Wars characters. For additional Star Wars appearances, check out the Midwest Garrison’s website.