Did you think things would slow down after Halloween? Of course not! Stay on the move in November with events for the whole family. You’ll ooh and aah at the circus, see great kids’ theater, jam out to a kindie rock show and more. On your mark, get set … keep going!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present LEGENDS
Prepare for an evening of mythological creatures and performers from across the globe. From the magnificent Pegasus and the amazing Unicorn, to the Riders of the Wind Cossack horsemen, to the big cats and motorcycle daredevils, this is a show the kiddos will never forget. They will also be mesmerized by the majestic Asian elephants, a high-flying trapeze act and so much more. Held Thurs.-Nov. 16 at Allstate Arena & Nov. 19-30 at United Center. Starting at $15/person. All ages. Event details.
“Goldilocks & the Three Bears” Musical
Your favorite childhood fairy tale pops up on stage, thanks to Emerald City Theatre. You know the story: When Goldilocks goes frolicking in the woods, she encounters a bear home, makes herself at home and learns about respect. Expect big, Broadway-style songs and lots of giggle fits when Mama Bear asks, “Who’s been eating my porridge?” Held thru Jan. 3 at Apollo Theater. Starting at $15/person. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
“Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti” Exhibit
At this just-opened exhibit, practitioners will share personal stories about the spiritual pursuit, while kids experience what really happens during a ritual possession ceremony and even take a peek inside the workroom of a Vodou secret society. Held thru Apr. 26 at The Field Museum. Included with general museum admission ($31/adults; $21/children; $25/students & seniors). All ages. Event details.
Wendy & DB and the Band
They have been making music with kids and bringing funky energy to concerts for decades — and this show will be no different. If you can’t stop grooving to the tunes that you hear during the show, check out Wendy & DB’s new CD, “Pockets Seasons Rhymes & Reasons.” Held Sun., noon-1 p.m. at Beat Kitchen. $6/person. All ages. Event details.
“Leo Lionni’s Frederick” on Stage
Most mice are concerned about storing enough munchies for the winter, but Frederick is no ordinary rodent. He spends long summer days relaxing, but has something special up his sleeve for the next polar vortex. Find out what it is in this original, folksy blues romp by Chicago Children’s Theatre. Held thru Nov. 16 at Ruth Page Center for the Arts. $38/adults; $28/children. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Kidical Mass Family Bike Ride
Exercise and have fun together. You’ll pedal about four miles through the residential streets and historic boulevards of Logan Square. These rides are workable for kids who use training wheels and those who are more advanced. Held Sat., 10:30 a.m., departing from 3064 W. Palmer Blvd. Free. All ages. Event details.
“The Princess and the Pea” on Stage
Discover what happens when you combine a would-be princess, a pea and stack of mattresses. The little ones are going to love, and probably be pretty jealous of, the 12-foot-high bed and its 20 colorful mattresses. Laugh until it hurts on this journey to princess-hood with Penelope and her friends, staged by Chicago Kids Company. Held thru Nov. 26 at Beverly Arts Center. $12/person. Ages 2-12. Event details.
Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Geppetto’s Toy Box
Neighborhood Toy Store Day is November 8 and this adorable shop is going all out with games, prizes, crafts, a raffle, photo booth and more. In addition to these all-day happenings, scheduled events include face painting (10 a.m.-noon), balloon sculptures (2-4 p.m.), and a yo-yo demo and workshop (1-4 p.m.). Held Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
What is your favorite weekend activity with the family? Let us know in the Comments!
— Kelly Aiglon & Natasha Davis
Photo: Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey presents LEGENDS