Oh boy, do you have a busy weekend ahead. We really packed your calendar full this time with Earth Day celebrations, stage shows, a comic and entertainment show at McCormick Place and so much more. Read on for our Editor’s picks for the best ways to explore with the fam.

photo: The Wiz



Last Chance! Jack and the Beanstalk: A Panto Adventure
Oh no! Princess Rose has been kidnapped by the Giant, Blunderbore. Oh my! Jack’s magical beans grew a gigantic beanstalk to the Giant’s castle in the sky. Can Jack climb the beanstalk and rescue the Princess? Or will she have to rescue him instead? Sat. Event details.


Peter Pan
With jokes, music and fun for all ages, the entire family will enjoy this musical adventure through Neverland! After the show, kids will have a chance to meet the actors, get autographs and take photos. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Prenatal Yoga at Monica + Andy
Monica + Andy is welcoming expectant moms for super private prenatal yoga sessions. Experience strengthening and relaxing poses intended to help alleviate those aches and pains and learn helpful techniques that can be carried throughout pregnancy. Sun. Event details.

The Wiz
Your family will “Ease on down the road” with the music you know and love in this adaptation of The Wiz, based on the classic tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Follow Dorothy’s exploration of love, home and family through a magical musical mixture of rock, gospel and soul in a fantastical Chicago setting. Fri. & Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Square

Spring Fling! at Pickle’s Playroom
You’re invited to Pickle’s Playroom Spring Fling! Miss Veronica will be performing a spring themed concert, Miss Stephanie will be providing complimentary face painting and Mr. Chris is sure to entertain with his amazing juggling skills. Fri. Event details

Museum Campus

Earthfest at Adler Planetarium
Join Adler Planetarium for Earthfest: A Conversation Among Earthlings, where Earthlings of all ages can join in on a day-long party. Let them dazzle you with the brilliance of Earth, the innovative minds that inhabit it and demonstrate ways you can protect it for generations to come. Sat. Event details.

South Loop

Cinderella: The Remix
Cinderella, an amazing DJ, is stuck in her stepmother’s basement and forced to give up her beats to her stepbrother, Chocolate Ice. When the famous J Prince announces auditions for his Hip-Hop Hollywood “Jam,” Cinderella goes in disguise trying to score the biggest gig in the land. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Superheroes & Villains, It’s Time for C2E2
Calling all superheroes and villains! We need you down at McCormick Place for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). Your fans are waiting. When you arrive, check out the Family HQ for hands-on workshops, interactive activities, arts & crafts and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.



Earth Day Party at Brookfield Zoo
Every day is Earth Day at this wild, wonderful spot. But one day a year, they throw a bash in honor of this big green world we live in, filled with educational and fun activities for the entire family including tree planting, flower planting, zoo chats, earth-friendly vendors and more. Sun. Event details.


Last Chance! Celebrate China at Kohl Children’s Museum
Kohl’s exhibit, Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius, transports families to a country where a quickly changing modern lifestyle intersects with ancient values. It integrates the time-honored teachings of Confuscius with a focus on the importance of education and family values with six different immersive environments. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Tails and Trails
Join in for a unique hour of nature stories and hiking in the great outdoors at Lincoln Marsh! You’ll explore the nature behind some of your favorite stories. Sun. Event details.


Celebrate Earth Day at Emily Oaks Nature Center
Skokie’s peaceful oasis is beckoning you to its annual bash. It includes games, activities, music, food and a native plant sale. But the real fun is exploring its grounds, which is filled with adventure areas and a wealth of wildlife. Sat. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar. And, to dig into what other Earth Day activities are out there, check out Green Power! Earth Day Parties & Cleanups for Kids.

Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers