April is in full swing and it’s showering us with fun! Gather the kids and see a show, spend some time on Sesame Street or have an overnight aquatic experience. Read on for our Editor’s picks for weekend fun with the fam. Grab your galoshes and ready, set, GO!
IN THE CITY
Chicago Fire Home Game
Root for your hometown soccer team by taking in a Chicago Fire home game. But, first, pregame at FireFest with an inflatable soccer field, soccer pool (billiards in soccer format), a speedshot competition and street soccer games. Sat. 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. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. Sat. Event details.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical
Join in on the hunt for Knuffle Bunny in this comedic musical adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems! After losing the beloved toy rabbit at the laundromat, a desperate dad, a merry mom and toddler Trixie learn the power in communicating, even when there are no words. Fri. & Sat. Event details.
Future Hits at The Book Cellar
Founded by rock musician and CPS School teacher Matt Baron, Future Hits takes rock music and incorporates language arts curriculum that’ll give your kiddo a sneak-attack English lesson. We’re talking spelling words, literacy and even common core. Sat. Event details.
Let Raffi Help You Find Your Smile
Baby Beluga. Bananaphone. Down by the Bay. What do these three things have in common? They’re all popular songs you probably recognize by legendary children’s entertainer, Raffi. He’s clocked over 40 years in the making-kids-happy business and he’s stopping into Chicago for a sing-a-long with you and yours! Sun. Event details.
Brave the chill to experience a temporary immersive art installation comprised of 25 pivoting prisms more than 6-feet-tall that reflect every color in the visible spectrum, varying with the position of the light source and the observer. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Jammin’ with Mary at Beat Kitchen
Get your dancing shoes on and warm up your voice. Time to jam with Mary Macaroni at Beat Kitchen’s Concert for Kids! Laugh at Mary’s silly magic and move to music. Sun. Event details.
IN THE ‘BURBS
Go Blue for Autism Awareness
To bring awareness of one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the country, Brookfield Zoo is partnering with Autism Speaks for the annual Zoos Go Blue Campaign. To commemorate the day, the water in the zoo’s Roosevelt Fountain will be dyed blue, the iconic lion statues will be clothed in blue ribbons and there will be blue flags decorating the park’s grounds. Sat. Event details.
Morton Arboretum invites families to participate in a self-guided, hands-on discovery activity using natural and recycled materials to create a nature keepsake. A bottle cap tree, a newspaper bird, a popsicle flower . . . where will your creativity lead you? Keep coming back to build, because materials could change daily. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Washington Street Spring Market
Shop the day away at this indoor upscale flea full of all things vintage, handmade and repurposed. Kids will love picking out a bar of goat’s milk soap or grabbing a sweet treat from a candy vendor. Sat. Event details.
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— Maria Chambers
. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.