This is your mission, if you choose to accept it: Get out of the house. Try something new. And bring your kids along for the ride. We’ve got lots of ideas to get you started, from a pirate-themed circus to an Earth Day cleanup to a pop-rock blowout. Just call it Operation Fun.



Mermaids swing from a flying trapeze. Pirate clowns juggle. The spirit of the high seas hangs in the air. CircEsteem, Chicago’s largest youth circus, puts you in the middle of it all with its high-energy spring show. Performers as young as three years old are part of the flipping, twirling, acrobatic action. Sat., 11:00 am & 2:00 pm; Sun., 2:00 pm; April 26, 7:30 pm; April 28, 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm. Alternatives. $16 for adults; $5 for children. All ages. Event details.

Roscoe Village

Super Stolie & The Rockstars
It’s nothing but pure energy at this band’s live gigs. Stolie (Chicago native Rebecca Stoelinga) plays everything from ukulele to tin whistle with ease, and is a force to be reckoned with. At her request, wee audience members dance and freeze, hop and balance, and finish it all off with a rockstar jump and high five. Sun., 12:00 pm. Beat Kitchen. $6. All ages. Event details.

Humboldt Park

Earth Day Celebration
Litter happens. Nurture your budding pickup artist at a park-wide volunteer cleanup. Bring gloves and a can-do attitude. After the dirty business, there’s a family celebration. Sat., 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Humboldt Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


Picnic for Earth
Give the planet props with a delicious spread enjoyed in the great outdoors. The event features local chefs (like The Hearty Boys) doing cooking demos using sustainable ingredients, kids’ activities and a picnic lunch. Sat., 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Millennium Park. $30 or $100 for a family ticket including meals and activities for two adults and two children. Children under 2 are free. All ages. Event details.


Mr. Dave and the Space Cadets
Blast off with the upbeat band that brings kids to their feet with original songs and simple interactive movements. Sporting a flashy red cap, Mr. Dave and his squad of musical earthlings turn pop, jazz, punk and new wave on its tail. Sat., 10:00 am. Wilmette Theatre. $10 in advance; $12 at the door. All ages. Event details.


Froggy Went a Courtin Night Hike
It’s frogs gone wild in the western suburbs. Walk through pretty marshlands and hear a symphony of songs/”ribbits” by a fleet of happy amphibians. Along the way, you’ll learn more about the wetland critters and try to spot them. A campfire and marshmallow roast finishes things off. Fri., 8:30 pm. Lincoln Marsh. $12. All ages. Event details.

What do you have going on this weekend? Tell us in the Comments section below.

— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Courtesy of CircEsteem