Sunny days are sweeping the clouds away. Finally, Chicago is feeling a bit more like Sesame Street — and we’ve got Elmo and friends in town to prove it. Along with their Broadway-style show, there’s much more in store. Fly a kite atop Cricket Hill, celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Little Village, and climb aboard huge trucks in Northfield. While you’re at it, grab a friendly neighbor and invite them to join the fun.
Elmo Makes Music
He wrote the music; he wrote the words. Welcome to Elmo’s world, kiddies. This Broadway-style show brings the fuzzy red guy to you, and follows his adventures as he turns household objects into cool musical instruments. Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and other Sesame Street pals join the la–la–la-ing. Expect big dance numbers. Thurs.-Sun., show times vary. Rosemont Theatre. $15-$30. All ages. Event details.
Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
Run like the wind to this annual celebration, where you can fly kites on a picturesque hill near the lake. Free kite-making kits are provided, or you can buy a ready-made one onsite. Also, get takeoff tips and watch demos by expert kite fliers. Sat., 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Cricket Hill. Free. All ages. Event details.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
Enjoy a little south-of-the-border fun at Little Village’s annual blast. There’s music, art, crafts, dance, food and other kid-friendly activities that will make you think beyond the margarita glass. Fri., 6:00 pm-11:00 pm; Sat. & Sun., 2:00 pm-11:00 pm. 26th Street & Kostner Ave. Free. All ages. Event details.
Andy Roo & The AndyRooniverse
Take your imagination on a joy ride at a concert by singer-songwriter Andrew Karnavas. He’s been a featured performer on Radio Disney AM 1590 and PBS Kids at SXSW, and now wows kids with whimsical songs about a silly salamander and friendly platypus, plus lots more. Sun., 12:00 pm. Beat Kitchen. $6. All ages. Event details.
There’s a potato pancake with your name on it at this celebration of Poland and its rich culture. Little explorers can consider their passport stamped as they make a beeline for the Krakus Kids Stage, featuring live children’s theater, music, magic, balloon twisting, face painting and more. Sat., 12:00 pm-9:30 pm; Sun., 12:00 pm-9:00 pm. Copernicus Center. $5; children 12 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Touch a Truck Family Festival
Who needs Hot Wheels when you can hop in a semi? Climb aboard tons of super-sized vehicles in a safe, protected environment. The whole family can also enjoy food, raffles, train rides, music and more at this event put together by Kohl Children’s Museum. Sun., 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge. $30 per family up to 6, or $45 per family up to 9. All ages. Event details.
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— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Courtesy of Elmo Makes Music