Enjoying the Frozen Four in Chicago with the Kids

This week has been abuzz with sports finales! From last weekend's Final Four in Phoenix, to this week's Master’s Golf Championship. But if your family is big on ice hockey, then you know the “coolest” final of all starts Friday. That's when the Frozen Four — the NCAA Men’s College Hockey Championship — will take the ice in Chicago at the United Center.

If you're in the Windy City for the finals and looking for ways to get in on the action, here are

Frozen Fest This family-friendly “festival within a festival” is hosted by the NCAA as the official lead-up to the big games. Open from 2:30-8:30 on Thursday, and 3-8 on Saturday, Frozen Fest is a great place to go see the teams before they hit the ice, and take part in festive pep rallies and live music from Sixteen Candles and Decoy.

Frozen Four Meet and Greet: If your kids are big hockey fans, they won't want to miss this chance to meet the athletes behind the hockey masks. On Friday, from 3:30 - 4:30 pm, all the players competing for the college hockey championship title will be there signing autographs, including the Hobey Baker Hat Trick Finalists. The autograph signing and Hobey Baker Award presentation takes place at Navy Pier outside the AON Grand Ballroom.

Chicago Sports Museum Celebrating Chicago's athletic history, this museum has lots to offer fans of every sport who want to learn more about the Windy City's place in athletic history. Wondering how you'd fare in a matchup with hockey greats? Take the All-Star Goalie Challenge, just one of the museum's many interactive experiences, and find out. You and the kids can also go head-to-head with the likes of Chicago Bulls NBA legend Michael Jordan and Wolves hockey superstar Wendell Young. Whatever sport you love, make sure to wear your UNICEF Kid Power band, because this museum is designed for active appreciation!

Hit the rinks! Chicago has lots of great places to ice skate, both in- and outdoors. While many of the rinks are now closed for the season, one of our favorites is still open at the McFetridge Sports Center. For family fun, check out the all-ages open skate every Friday from 3:30-4:45, Saturday from 4:40-6:10 and Sunday 4:30 to 6:00. Plus, kids under 12 are only $4!

Design Dance at the Chicago Children’s Museum The weekend may be all about hockey, but on Thursday night—which happens to be the Children's Museum Target Free Family Night—dance is the thing! Design Dance, a community dance troupe, will be there teaching dance moves the whole family can rock. To rack up maximum steps with your UNICEF Kid Power Band, be there when doors open at 5:30 pm!

For fun ways to spend the weekend, check out our Chicago Family City Guide!