Spring is in full swing. Go ahead — do a happy dance. Then leap right into a festive weekend event. You can hear storytelling at the symphony, plant a tree with Curious George, rock out at a play space, shop a huge consignment sale and more. With our recommendations, you’re sure to make a good move.



Once Upon a Symphony
The African folk tale Abiyoyo, about a father and son who stand up to monster, is harmoniously told by a small ensemble of Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians and a storyteller. It’s a playful introduction to music and includes cool frills like video projections, costumes and props. Sat., 10:00 am & 11:45 am. Symphony Center. $20 for adults; $10 for children. Age 3-5. Event details.

South Loop

Babies, Tots n’ More Consignment Sale
Put your bargain-hunting hat on. The quarterly bonanza sells gently used children’s clothing, toys, gear and more at prices you won’t think twice about. You’ll find treasures for newborns through teens, along with maternity essentials. Fri., 10:00 am-7:00 pm; Sat., 8:30 am-1:00 pm. Daystar School. Free. All ages. Event details.

Gold Coast

The Elephant & The Whale
In this show from Chicago Children’s Theatre and Redmoon, wooden puppets, shadow puppets and storyboard art merge in one big exciting tableau. The story follows the adventures of an elephant, a captured homesick whale and a villainous circus owner, and has overarching themes of friendship and freedom. It all has a vintage, haunting aesthetic that will put you in the land of make-believe and make you reluctant to come back. Running through May 26. The Ruth Page Center for the Arts. $36 for adults; $26 for children. All ages. Event details.

Wicker Park

FunkiJam Road Show & Pizza Party
New York City musician Brian Barrentine rocks the romper room with a live gig that includes singing, dancing, storytelling and instrument play. Bust a move — and save room for pizza. Fri., 5:30 pm. Purple Monkey Playroom. $20 for one child; $25 for one child and a sibling $30 for one child and two siblings. Siblings under 1 year are free; playroom members get $5 off their first child. Add pizza for $6 per person. All ages. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Spring Fling
Have a blooming good time at this family soiree. Dance to DJ-spun tunes, romp around a huge play space, do crafts, enjoy a light dinner, and top it all off with ice cream and games on the deck. Fri., 5:00 pm. Little Beans Cafe. $20 for one child; $35 for two children; $50 for three children. All ages. Event details.


Tree Planting and Story Time with Curious George
It’s monkey see, monkey do as kids learn to garden alongside America’s favorite chimp. Story time and an appearance by The Man in the Yellow Hat round out the event held in honor of Arbor Day. Fri., 11:00 am. Morton Arboretum. Free. All ages. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below.

—Kelly Aiglon

Photo: Copyright Todd Rosenberg / Chicago Symphony Orchestra