Birds are chirping. The sun is shining. And everyone is feeling alright. Keep the good vibrations going this weekend and take your crew to fun happenings across town. You’ll delight in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” musical, run around at the inaugural egg hunt at Maggie Daley Park, party for Passover at the JCC, and hear a symphony that’s absolutely wild. Hello, spring. So glad you’re here.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Transport your fam to a small provincial French village with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Your little ones will be enchanted as love and magic brings this unlikely pair together. Watch as Belle and the Beast fall in love to some of the best Disney tunes of all time. Held Wed.-Sun. at Cadillac Palace Theatre. Tickets start at $25. All ages. Event details.
Inaugural Egg Hunt at Maggie Daley Park
Get ready for a mega Easter egg hunt at the city’s latest mega park. There will be fun arts and crafts activities, face painting and, if it’s nice outside, inflatables. While you’re there, whiz down the slide and scurry around the ginormous climbing structure. Held Fri., 10 a.m.-noon. Free. All ages. Event details.
City Winery Kids Concert Series With Amy Lowe & Kingkatz
Amy and the band will help your gang learn about the importance of protecting our environment, celebrating the diverse cultures of the city and creating your own music, all while you rock out to adorable jams from their CDs “I Like Gum” and “Brighter Than Fireflies.” Held Sun., noon at City Winery. $10/person. All ages. Event details.
“Move It!” Exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum
Wee movers and shakers can get a kiddie-sized workout. Your little balls of energy can build their own play space where they can climb, crawl, jump, balance and bend. They can even try their skills on the net climber. Held thru Apr. 19. Included in museum general admission of $14/person. Ages 1-10. Event details.
“Anne of Green Gables” on Stage
This bite-sized hour-long performance is perfect for the whole fam. Enjoy the heart-warming story of The Cuthberts, a family that was expecting to adopt a little boy. Instead, they are shocked when the intelligent and mischievous Anne comes into their lives. Watch as they create a new family. Held Sat. & Sun thru Apr. 19 at Provision Theater. $15/adult;$10/children (12 & under). Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Breakfast with the Bunny at Brookfield Zoo
Hop down the bunny trail at a wild and wonderful place. Start by joining Mr. and Mrs. Bunny for an all-you-can-eat buffet while being serenaded by the Banjo Buddies. Then stop for a photo opp with the bunnies before heading into the park to revel in a day at the zoo. Held Sat. & Sun. & Apr. 4. $29.95/adult; $21.95/children (3-11); free for children 2 & under. All ages. Event details.
Passover Family Event at the JCC
Enjoy a nut-free Charoset Bar, listen to stories and songs about Passover, do some crafts, and participate in the 10 Plagues Relay Races. Then swim in the “Nile River” (aka: the JCC pool). Held Sun., 2-4 p.m. at Bernard Weinger JCC. $18/family. All ages. Event details.
Music Institute Chorale’s “A Day at The Zoo”
Take a trip to an animal kingdom through song. Experience everything from the classic “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Solomon Lindathe, to the treacherous “Warnung!” (Warning! The Scorpion) by Joseph Haydn, to the spirited “The Woodpecker” by Stephen Chatman. Held Sun., 3 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall. $15/adult; $10/senior; $7/student. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Tell us in the Comments!
— Kelly Aiglon & Marian Mangoubi
photo: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast / Matthew Murphy