Are you ready to rock? Let’s show Old Man Winter who’s boss and dance, sing and play like we just don’t care. This weekend’s fun activities will get you started. Go nuts at a Boogers concert, get silly at a Dr. Seuss Day party, explore the arts and food of Ghana, and more.
The Boogers Live in Concert
When The Boogers hit the stage, Ramones-like rock is promised and mini mosh pits are possible. Above all, fun is guaranteed for both diapered and tween fans alike. Held Sun., 11 a.m. Beat Kitchen. $6. All ages. Event details.
NPN Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival
Shake off your winter blues and warm up your dancing shoes. The all-ages party is back with brand-new performances from Bubbles Academy, School of Rock and Bollywood Groove. There are also rockin’ makeovers, crafts, games and a dress-up photo booth, plus healthy snacks and raffle prizes. Held Sat., 9:30 a.m.-noon. The Cubby Bear. NPN members: adults, $20; children, $10; family 4-pack, $50. Non-members: adults, $25; children, $15; family 4-pack, $65. All ages. Event details.
Family Yoga at Bloom
Flex as a family. You’ll learn playful poses that can be done together or alone, plus gentle breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Held Sat., 5-6 p.m. Bloom Yoga Studio. $20/pair; $8 for each additional adult or child. All ages. Event details.
Stiles & Drewe’s “The 3 Little Pigs”
Huff, puff and blow all you want: There’s no bringing down the excitement over this new Emerald City Theatre show. This is the American premiere of the new musical by Olivier Award-winning George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and it includes Broadway-style songs written for an old story time favorite. Held thru May 17. Apollo Theater. $10-$16. Ages 3-10. Event details.
Dr. Seuss Day Bash
Oh, the places you’ll go at this family party. Expect Seuss-themed crafts with Wishcraft Workshop, gluten-free treats from Wish Upon a Starch!, interactive story time with Chicago Junior League’s Mad Hatters, and theater games with Emerald City Theatre. Held Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Open Books. Free. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Even if you don’t parle français, you’ll enjoy this French story hour. Traditional as well as contemporary French tales are staged with puppets and drawings. Side activities will help kids, both beginning and fluent speakers, get a grasp on the language. Held Sat., 2:30-4:30 p.m. $5. All ages. Event details.
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Conjunction Junction, what’s your function? Find out the answer at the beloved musical that teaches history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever and tuneful songs. You’ll journey along with Tom, a nervous school teacher who learns how to win his students over with imagination and music. Held Feb. 28-May 4. Marriott Theatre. $15. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
Join other modern families at an all-day event featuring a fab assortment of speakers on topics such as birth, breastfeeding, babywearing, car seat safety and everything in between. Held Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. $40 (children under 16 are free). All ages. Event details.
An African Journey With Art & Food
Explore Ghana in an interactive, arts-filled family event. You’ll learn how one of the icons of West African culture, the Kente cloth, is created and will enjoy interactive African folktales. Additionally, authentic cuisine will be served and a live visual arts piece by a rising Ghanaian star will be presented. Held Sat., 2-5 p.m. The CAKE Village. Tickets start at $12. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: The Boogers