April is in full swing and it’s showering us with fun! Gather the kids and see a show, spend some time on Sesame Street or have an overnight aquatic experience. Read on for our Editor’s picks for weekend fun with the fam. Grab your galoshes and ready, set, GO!

photo: Shedd Aquarium



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.


Storytown Improv
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. Sat. Event details.

No School is Cool at The Kids’ Table
Trade in the pencils for cooking utensils at these special two-hour classes chock full of hands-on cooking instruction, delicious food & fun with friends. Fri. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Little Beans Cafe Easter Party
Munch on your brood’s two faves, candy and pizza. The kiddos can search high and low to find all the Easter eggs they can carry, bust a move to sweet tunes, throw down a slice of pizza and play with their buddies in the Little Beans play space. Sat. Event details.

Museum Campus

Asleep with the Fishes Overnight
This is your last chance this Spring to sleep with the fishes at Shedd. Fall asleep to visions of jellies and fishes in your head as you snuggle up in your sleeping bag for a night out at the museum. Fri. Event details.

Navy Pier

Once Upon a Castle
This original exhibit invites young dreamers to create their own kingdom in a one-of-a-kind castle themed play space. Watch on as they explore a castle complete with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard’s room, kitchen, feasting table, market and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Noble Square

Six Stories Tall
Drums and DJs. Monsters and mysteries. Victory. Join a legion of young heroes battling villains, saving the underdog and once again making dreams come true. Influenced by comic books, video games, hip hop and Latino folklore, this collection of vignettes celebrates youth as everyday heroes. Sat. Event details

Roscoe Village

Wendy & DB HomeEarth CD Release Party
Celebrate the launch of Wendy & DB’s newly released CD HomeEarth with a live performance of original children’s music. Celebrations begin with an hour of face-painting and fun family activities followed by the concert. Sat. Event details.



Circus Open House
If you’ve ever been interested in circus but haven’t yet given it a try, this open house is for you. Come see the space, meet our teachers and get into the air – all for free. Start your weekend off with an adventure. Sat. Event details.

Hoffman Estates

Sesame Street Live – Elmo Makes Music
When the new music teacher’s instruments go missing, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed. Children learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Oak Park

Laura Doherty and The Heartbeats Perform at Wonder Works
Laura Doherty is a nationally touring children’s recording artist and award winning producer with an ear for a catchy melody. She’s an award-winning children’s musician and she’s bringing her act to Wonder Works’ Lights! Camera! Action! stage. Sun. Event details.


Holiday Egg Hunt at Arctic Splash
Forget the park and hit the pool for this egg hunt. Your little guppies can hop into their bathing suits, grab their baskets and discover what’s inside the floating eggs. The Easter Bunny will also be stopping by; so don’t forget your cameras. Fri. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.

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

— Maria Chambers