Is it possible to have too much fun? Never! This weekend is proof. Tackle obstacle courses at the first major outdoor fest of the year, attend a real Japanese tea ceremony, hear Little Miss Ann play and watch The Very Hungry Caterpillar on stage. That’s just part of the excitement.
Chicago Kids Day at Mayfest
Whoop it up at a celebration of children’s health and wellness. Chicago Kids Day is a festive occasion with an important mission: to educate kids about health and safety in a fun way. Bring the whole family and enjoy activities, arts and crafts, nutritious food, balloons and prizes. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ashland Ave. & Barry St. $10/family. All ages. Event details.
Little Miss Ann CD Release Concert
The kindie-folk sensation has just released her fourth album, “Follow Me,” and it’s full of pulse-racing organ and guitar. To celebrate the album, attend this interactive, upbeat family concert. Sat., 3-4 p.m. Beat Kitchen. Children, $5; adults, $10. All ages. Event details.
Bucktown Music Birthday Party
Happy birthday, Bucktown Music! The music school is celebrating five years in the neighborhood with a party that will make you move and groove. Enjoy live tunes, face painting, games and more. Sat., 4-6 p.m. Holstein Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
If you love the book, you’ll flip out for this play, brought here by the acclaimed Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, in collaboration with Chicago Children’s Theatre. It features innovative puppetry, music and black-light visual effects that appeal to young eyes. Held thru June 1. Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $25. Ages 2 & up. Event details.
National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers
Plunge into the world’s eco-zones — Polar Regions, Oceans, Rain Forests, Mountains and Caves and Savannas — at this interactive exhibit. Explore an arctic cabin and test your ability to stand living in an ice-covered world. Descend into the deep in a 3-D submersible and explore how life forms at varying depths, even coming face-to-face with a great white shark. Plus, lots more. Held thru Sept. 1. Museum of Science and Industry. $18-$27 (includes general museum admission). All ages. Event details.
Japanese Garden Children’s Festival
Experience Japanese culture through hands-on art projects like kimono paper dolls, miniature carp kites (aka: koinobori) and samurai helmets (kabuto). You can even attend a real-life tea ceremony and enjoy traditional storytelling and music. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden. Free. All ages. Event details.
Lambs Farm Train Day
Put on a conductor’s hat and steer a Thomas the Tank Engine train. Before you’re all chugga-chugga’d out, view the famous circus-themed trains from NCOG Model Railroad Club and circus models from the Circus Model Builders Club. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free; some activities have fees. All ages. Event details.
Family Twilight Adventure
See what happens at Morton Arboretum at night. At this fun-filled after-hours fete, you’ll hike and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark. Sat., 6-8 p.m. $19 ($16 for members). Ages 2 & up. Event details.
What are you up to this spring weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below!
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Chicago Kids Day by Angela Garbot Photography