Flamenco dancing, live theater, a new LEGO movie. Phew! We’re exhausted just thinking about everything you have to do this weekend! Be sure to leave time for a nap, because you’re going to need it. Read on for our Editor’s picks for your weekend action plan. Grab your parkas and let’s go!

the-lightning-thiefphoto: The Lightning Thief at The MAC



Little Red Riding Hood
Chicago Kids Company – Theater for Children presents Little Red Riding Hood, an original musical adaptation of the classic tale. Meet Little Red and her friends as she travels through the woods to Grandma’s house. Fri. Event details.

Hyde Park

The Revival Presents The Explorers
Spend an afternoon with The Explorers, a rag-tag group of knowledge-seekers, as they adventure to unknown territory in search of learning and laughter. Whether they’re exploring Outer Space, a Doctor’s Office, or even the Human Brain, this group is sure to meet fun, silly characters along the way. Sat. Event details.

Museum Campus

Meet a Scientist at The Field
Explore the wonders of The Field’s collections in a whole new way with their Meet a Scientist series. Scientists will be on-hand discussing their work and showing real artifacts and specimens from over 24 million objects not currently on display. Fri. Event details.

Navy Pier

Once Upon a Castle at Chicago Children’s Museum
Join in Chicago Children’s Museum’s excitement as they introduce their latest temporary exhibit, 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. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Near North Side

Beginning Flamenco Dance Classes for Kids
In conjunction with the 15th annual 5-week Chicago Flamenco Festival, Instituto Cervantes of Chicago will host beginner level Flamenco dance, including “braceo” arm movement, “zapateado” footwork, “flores” hand movements and “vueltas” turns. Sat. Event details.

Roscoe Village

Little Miss Ann & Amy D Album Release Party
Little Miss Ann has enjoyed national acclaim and a fervent following for her upbeat, down-to-earth and interactive folksy music. Her fifth album of hopeful and happy songs, Keep On, is the result of a collaboration with children’s music newcomer Amy D. At this all-ages concert, Ann and Amy will debut songs from the new album. Sun. Event details.

Wicker Park

Kids Nite Out: Cook, Eat & Play
Everyone deserves a fun night out every once in a while – even the kiddos! Drop the kids off for dinner and playtime at The Kids’ Table. Kids get to make their own dinner and play a game, while you . . . do whatever you want! Sat. Event details.

Festa di Carnevale/Italian Carnival Children Party
Wear your favorite costume and celebrate the Italian Carnevale. You’ll find many fun children’s activities: art and craft mask making, face painting, traditional piñata, songs and many other surprises! Sat. Event details.



The Actors Gymnasium Presents Quest
Quest is an original circus-theater production loosely based on Leo Tolstoy’s short story The Three Questions. The protagonist asks three simple (but huge) questions, setting in motion a whirlwind journey to find the answers. Fri-Sun. Event details.

Glen Ellyn

The Lightning Thief at The MAC
Being on the verge of getting kicked out of boarding school (yet again) is the least of Percy Jackson’s problems.  He’s more concerned about the mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus that seem to be walking straight out of the pages of his mythology textbook and into his life. Fri. Event details.


Be Enchanted by Trains that Glide Through Every Season
The kiddos can watch trains travel through all four seasons with the Enchanted Railroad. They’ll see bright orange pumpkins in the fall display, and they’ll even spy fluffy little daffodils as the trains sweep through spring. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Oak Park

Jeanie B! Performs at Wonder Works
Jeanie B! is hitting Wonder Works’ Lights! Camera! Action! stage with her signature sophisticated music for sophisticated listeners. Offering music that is less silly but just as fun, Jeanie B is an award-winning crowd pleaser. Sun. Event details.


LEGO Batman Movie Days
To celebrate the release of The LEGO®  BATMAN™ Movie, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago will host two weekends of free giveaways, costume character meet and greets and themed scavenger hunts and builds. Activities include a Batmobile build-and-test station and gadget building! Fri.-Sun. 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