Birds are singing their songs. The sun is shining. And everyone is feeling alright because Spring has made her debut. Keep the good vibrations going this weekend and take your crew to fun happenings across town. You’ll delight in the many plays and musicals hitting stages across the city, Monster truck fun and more! Hello, Spring. So glad you’re here.

photo: Monster Truck Nationals

IN THE CITY

Albany Park

Elephant with Riders: Makin’ American Weird Again
Get artsy this weekend with a free family event featuring workshops in ceramics, printmaking, shrinky dinks, cuddly buddies, papercrafts, an open studio for toddlers & preschoolers and art exhibits. Sat. Event details.

Andersonville

That’s Weird Grandma: Rise of the Rock Spectacular
Last Chance! Imagine an incredible rock concert, completely penned by young authors and composed by Chicago actors and musicians! This music-infused revue will feature rocking guitar solos, plenty of jokes and a new opening band each week! Sun. Event details.

Hyde Park

The Revival Presents The Explorers
Spend an afternoon with the Explorers, a rag-tag group of knowledge-seekers, as they adventure to unknown territory in search of learning and laughter. Whether they’re exploring Outer Space, a Doctor’s Office, or even the Human Brain, this group is sure to meet fun, silly characters along the way. Sat. Event details.

Lakeview

Family Cooking Classes at The Kids’ Table
Kids work side-by-side with their parents (or grandparents!) to make and then enjoy a delicious meal. It’s the perfect combo of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a delicious dinner and recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home. Fri. Event details.

Kids Nite Out: Dinner & a Show
Everyone deserves a fun night out every once in a while – even the kiddos! Drop the kids off for dinner and a movie at The Kids’ Table. Kids get to make their own dinner and watch a movie while you . . . well, do whatever you want! Sat. Event details.

Noble Square

Six Stories Tall
Drums and DJs. Monsters and mysteries. Victory. Join a legion of young heroes battling villains, saving the underdog, and once again making dreams come true. Influenced by comic books, video games, hip hop and Latino folklore, this collection of vignettes celebrates youth as everyday heroes taking us on a thrilling, heartfelt journey. Fri. Event details.

Wicker Park

Free Family Swim
Join Bump Club & Beyond and Goldfish Swim School as they celebrate their new partnership with a free family swim. Enjoy time splashing with your kids, a chance to meet other local parents & check out the awesome Goldfish facility. Fri. Event details.

IN THE ‘BURBS

Aurora

Golden Dragon Acrobats Twist, Turn & Delight
The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent a tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago and are recognized as the premier Chinese acrobatic touring company. Immerse the whole family in the colorful, intense, theatrical world of Chinese acrobatics at a special family matinee performance. Sun. Event details.

Geneva

Skate with The Steel After the Game
The Chicago Steel is Chicagoland’s top tier junior level hockey team, featuring future college and professional-level stars. This weekend, they’re offering attendees a chance to skate with the team after game time. Sun. Event details.

Hoffman Estates

Monster Truck Nationals
Like Top Gun fighter jets blasting from a carrier deck, the brawny Monster Trucks of Monster Truck Nationals will unleash the full-throated roar of heavy horsepower when they launch into action.  Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Lisle

Hunt for Gnomes and Build Them Sweet Homes
Gnomes are invading Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek in the Children’s Garden. Can you find them all? Search for them throughout the week and then come back on the weekend to continue the hunt and create a keepsake, light-up gnome home of your own. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

St. Charles

Free Family Swim
Join Bump Club & Beyond and Goldfish Swim School as they celebrate their new partnership with a free family swim. Enjoy time splashing with your kids, a chance to meet other local parents & check out the awesome Goldfish facility. Sun. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.

Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers