You spring break-ed like a boss. Or, if you haven’t already, you’re getting ready to — we’ll still give you credit. Now tackle this weekend with gusto. There is a lot of fun to be had, from stage productions all across town to opportunities to explore big trucks. Jump in anywhere and live it up because summer will be here before you know it.
Night at the Museum: Overnight on Olympus
National Hellenic Museum is inviting families for a Night (or late over) at the Museum. Activities for the evening include crafts, a greek dance class, mythology movie watching and creating, a flashlight tour of the museum, a Greek cookie demonstration and Greek snacks and light breakfast. Fri., 7 p.m.-Sat. 10 a.m. National Hellenic Museum. $30/person (non-members), $25/person (members). Ages 4-14. Event details.
Discover Math in Nature with a Mirror Maze
Discover how naturally fun math can be in a maze filled with mirrors that will help kiddies unlock the beautiful symmetry of the natural world. Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze kicks things off with a film that presents how fractals, spirals and “golden ratio” are woven into our lives. Then take a whirlwind trip through the mirrored maze of triangles, and race to find a secret room with even more math-tacular secrets inside. Fri.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum of Science and Industry. $18/adults; $11/children 3-11. All ages. Event details.
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Stage 773. $10. Ages 3-10. Event details.
A Detective Game with Cat-titude
This interactive spy story provides the purrr-fect opportunity to show your little ones the mystery and excitement of live theatre. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, gather clues to help Three Little Kittens find their missing mittens. Fri., 10 a.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sun., 10 a.m. Emerald City’s Little Theatre. $15; $8/children 1 & under. Ages 0-5. Event details.
Groove to Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Through unforgettable songs such as Just a Bill and Conjunction Junction, a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured melodies of the ‘70s back in a hip new way. Sat., 1 p.m. Apollo Theater. $10-$20. Ages 3-13. Event details.
Engage in Improvised Fun at ComedySportz
This hilarious 90-minute improv show has two competing teams creating comedy scenes, songs and games right on the spot based on audience suggestions. The audience chooses the winner and the show never repeats. It’s clean, smart comedy – something hard to come by sometimes! Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. ComedySportz – CSz Theater. $23-$25. All ages. Event details.
Release the Butterflies!
Who doesn’t love butterflies? Experience their beauty as new butterflies are released daily at the Peggy Notebaert Museum’s Butterfly Haven exhibit. Daily, 2 p.m. Peggy Notebaert Museum. $9/adults; $6/ages 3-12; free for ages 2 & under. All ages. Event details.
Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole
Based on the best-selling book series, this tale of the imaginative feline and his Chihuahua pals will capture your child’s attention and take them on an adventure complete with daring circus tricks and endearing storylines. Fri., 10:15 a.m. The Apollo Theater. $15 & up. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Mathemania at Chicago Children’s Museum
The Chicago Children’s Museum is doing math BIG — and small. Join them everyday during the months of March and April for different math activities calculated to inspire a love of math in every child. Highlights include tangrams and making your own play dough. Daily, 11:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m. Navy Pier. $14; free for children under 1. All ages. Event details.
Near North Side
Great Eats at the NEW Imperial Lamian
Imperial Lamian’s first U.S. location is now open! Schedule a sitter and check out their authentic, yet modern, Chinese cuisine with dishes prepared by three Master Chefs expertly trained in their individual crafts. Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Imperial Lamian. Adults. Event details.
Windy City Author Visits Room and Board
Celebrate the Windy City with Jerome Pohlen, local children’s author of Chicago Baby, perfect for ages ten and under, which features famed attractions and iconic landmarks that capture the essence of the city. Following the reading, children can draw their favorite part of the city inspired by Jerome’s other book, Doodle Chicago, and find their inner Zen with kid-friendly yoga. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Room and Board. Free. Ages 10 & under. Event details.
Hogwash: An Improvised Tall Tale
Fitting of it’s name, which means “nonsense”, the lack of structure of this improvised show makes it an absolute riot. Kids assist with costume selection and choose a location for the fully improvised story. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-noon. Bug House Theatre. $10/kids; free for adults. Ages 3-12. Event details.
Heidi on Stage at Provision Theater for Young Audiences
Provision Theater Company’s Theater for Young Audiences will present a world-premiere adaptation of the literary classic Heidi. The sixty minute, family-friendly adaptation tells the story of a lively orphan girl who goes to live with her bitter grandfather in a little hut high in the Alps. This worthwhile performance reveals the transformative power of a little girl’s ability to shine light into the lives of everyone around her–even those with a crippled spirit. Sat., noon & 3 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Provision Theater Company. $15/adults; $10/ages 0-12. All ages. Event details.
Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans
Take your kids to a musical and watch beloved Magic Tree House characters, Jack and Annie, venture through the tuneful streets of 1915 New Orleans, where they discover 14-year-old Louis Armstrong and must set him on the trumpeting path to become the “King of Jazz.” This triumphant tale explores a world where possibilities are endless and stirs the soul of the Jazz Age. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. Broadway Playhouse. $15+/person. Ages 5+. Event details.
Bring out your superhero for this super afternoon of games, crafts, snacks and fighting off evil-doers! Sat., 2 p.m. Eola Community Center. $9 early registration; $12 regular registration. All ages. Event details.
Touch-A-Truck or Two
Get your truck fix at Glen Ellyn Park District’s annual Touch-a-Truck event. Truck-loving tots are invited to sit in, touch, discover and safely explore police cruisers, fire trucks and more! Mini truck aficionados will love the experience of pressing buttons, honking horns, climbing into different vehicles, and meeting the men and women who drive them! Note: Be sure to bring an empty aluminum can so you can watch it get crushed at a steamroller demonstration at 11am. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Mary Knoll Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Earth Day Celebration
Celebrate Earth Day at this free community-wide event filled with family activities, nature walks, environmental exhibits and more. Kids will learn about the health and environmental benefits of cycling and the campaign to encourage biking as a preferred mode of transportation. Bring a pair of gently used or new shoes to donate to Share Your Soles. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Kent Fuller Air Station. Free. All ages. Event details.
Ribbit! The Exhibit Hops into Morton Arboretum
This spring and summer, hop over to The Morton Arboretum for Ribbit! The Exhibit, a whimsical collection of larger-than-life copper frog sculptures. The exhibit features 19 displays of five- to seven-foot-tall frogs taking part in a variety of activities, including playing instruments, catching butterflies and meditating on a lily pad. Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Morton Arboretum. $14/adults; $9/ages 2-17. All ages. Event details.
The Awesome Just Got Awesome-r
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center has tapped into that great Second City pride with their famous MINILAND Chicago and lucky us, they’ve added more marvel-worthy Windy City landmarks to their LEGO Kingdom. Pencil in a date to check out the all-new Soldier Field, O’Hare airport, City Builder attraction and 4D movie experience. Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago. $13.50+/person. All ages. Event details.
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— Maria Chambers