April is known for showers. But whether or not you pop that umbrella, you should brace yourself for a downpour of fun. This week, go head-to-horn with life-sized dinosaurs, mingle with droids at a robot convention, move with a Mexican dance company, and investigate bugs. Who needs flowers with this much going on?



Dinosaurs Alive!
Follow the roar of a Tyrannosaurus rex to an exciting exhibit of more than 24 life-sized dinosaurs. The models of prehistoric beasts are animatronic, which means they move, growl and look about as lifelike as those hair-raisers from Jurassic Park. On view from April 6-October 27. Brookfield Zoo. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors over 65, in addition to the regular zoo general admission. Children 2 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.

Hyde Park

National Robotics Week
More than 20 robots from around the world will blink and beep their way to your heart at this annual meeting of electronic minds. Learn about the science behind Murata Boy, a humanlike ‘bot that can ride a bicycle; and build your own droid using Cubelets, magnetic, sensor-filled blocks. Held from April 6-14 (Murata Boy on view April 6 only). Museum of Science and Industry. Free with museum admission. All Ages. Event details.

Roscoe Village

Future Hits
Public school teacher Matt Baron’s band gets Beat Kitchen bouncing to upbeat, educational rock-pop gems. Songs feature cool instruments like glockenspiel and melodica and are about simple pleasures, like walking to the library and hanging out at grandpa’s farm. Sun., 12:00 pm. Beat Kitchen. $6 All Ages. Event details.

South Loop

FamilyDance Matinee with Delfos Danza Contemporanea
Jump, twirl and spin alongside members of one of Mexico’s leading contemporary dance companies. Before its Saturday matinee, a family program inspires kids to express themselves through music and movement. Sat., 2:15 pm. Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago. Free for kids under 12, $15 for adults. All Ages. Event details.


Insect Investigation
Conquer your fear of creepy-crawlies and discover ways that bugs help garden plants. In the hands-on workshop, budding scientists get to know bees, crickets and butterflies, and create a tool to help them study insects at home. Sat., 9:30 am & 1:00 pm; also held at those times on April 14. Chicago Botanic Garden. $22. Ages 4-10. Event details.

Which of these events will you hit first?

— Kelly Aiglon

Photo: Courtesy of Brookfield Zoo