Family cooking classes, an improv show, ice skating, musicals. 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. Bundle up and let’s go!
Discover the Innovation and Excitement of STOMP!
When you think about stiff-bristle brooms, Zippo lighters and wooden poles, you’re probably thinking of the random collection of stuff in your garage. But, imagine all of those random items coming to life as percussive instruments with the help of the rhythmic specialists from STOMP. This world famous show brings together musical innovations, movement and comedy. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Paramount Theatre. $39.50-$49.50. All ages. Event details.
Chicago Kids Company Presents: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Chicago Kids Company presents live professional children’s theater with its production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. All CKC performances feature audience participation and are fun for the whole family. Fri., 10:30 a.m. Beverly Arts Center. $12. Ages 2-8. Event details.
Transcending Boundaries: Experience the Art of Anthony Quinn
The National Hellenic Museum pays tribute to the legendary actor and artist Anthony Quinn, who brought to life one of the greatest and most life-affirming literary characters of our time – the irrepressible Zorba the Greek. Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. National Hellenic Museum. $10/Adults; $7/children; free for ages 3 & under. All ages. Event details.
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. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Stage 773. $10. Ages 3-10. Event details.
Skate Free in Lakeview
New! Skate the free community rink next to the popular Lakeview restaurant Barcocina, open daily when weather permits. Daily, 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Barcocina. Free. All ages. Event details.
Family Cooking Class: The Kids’ Table
Kids work side-by-side with their parents to make and then enjoy a delicious meal. It’s the perfect combo of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a delicious dinner and recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home. Sat., 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The Kids’ Table Lakeview. $22.50/person (member); $25/person (non-member). Ages 2 & up. Event details.
A Detective Game with Cat-titude
This interactive spy story provides the purrr-fect opportunity to show your little ones the mystery and excitement of live theatre. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, gather clues to help Three Little Kittens find their missing mittens and make new discoveries before Mother Cat comes slinking home. Fri., 10 a.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. Emerald City’s Little Theatre. $15; $8/children 1 & under. Ages 0-5. Event details.
Kids Nite Out: Cook, Eat & Craft
Everyone deserves a fun night out every once in a while – even the kiddos! Drop the kids off for dinner and craft time at The Kids’ Table. Kids get to participate in Build-Your-Own Nachos with Tacos and Limeade and they’ll make their own Play-Doh. Sat., 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The Kids’ Table. $36/members; $40/non-members. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Groove to Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Through unforgettable songs such as Just a Bill and Conjunction Junction, a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the ‘70s back in a hip new way. Fri., 10:15 a.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. Apollo Theater. $10-$20. Ages 3-13. Event details.
Figure 8 with Goats at Lincoln Park Zoo
Whizz past the goats and cows at the rink in Farm-in-the-Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo. Snacks and winter warming drinks are available for purchase and will keep the whole family smiling. Fri., 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-8 p.m. Lincoln Park Zoo. $5 admission, $5 skate rental. All ages. Event details.
Release the Butterflies!
Who doesn’t love butterflies? Experience their beauty as new butterflies are released daily at the Peggy Notebaert Museum’s Butterfly Haven exhibit. Daily, 2 p.m. Peggy Notebaert Museum. $9/adults; $6/ages 3-12; free for ages 2 & under. All ages. Event details.
Ice Skating with a View
Take a spin on the ice with a magnificent view at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Once again this year, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present Winter Workouts with FREE skating lessons, one hour before the rink opens. Fri., noon-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Millennium Park. Free skating, $12/skate rental. All ages. Event details.
Hogwash: An Improvised Tall Tale
Fitting of it’s name, which means “nonsense”, the lack of structure of this improvised show makes it an absolute riot. Kids assist with costume selection and choose a location for the fully improvised story. As the plot thickens, artists make props, build scenery and modify costumes. Musicians let rip an improvised score and actors sing songs created on the spot. Kids are encouraged to throw out twists and turns in the plot, and even become characters themselves. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-noon. Bug House Theatre. $10/kids; free for adults. Ages 3-12. Event details.
Family Cooking Class: The Kids’ Table
Kids work side-by-side with their parents to make and then enjoy a delicious meal. It’s the perfect combo of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a delicious dinner and recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home. Sat., 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The Kids’ Table Wicker Park. $22.50/person (members); $25/person (non-members). Ages 2 & up. Event details.
Kids Nite Out: Cook, Eat & Craft
Everyone deserves a fun night out every once in a while – even the kiddos! Drop the kids off for dinner and craft time at The Kids’ Table. Kids get to make their own dinner of Build-Your-Own Nachos with Tacos and Limeade and for the craft, they’ll make their own Play-Doh. Fri., 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The Kids’ Table Wicker Park. $36/members; $40/non-members. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action
Kohl Children’s Museum is out to show kids that exercise is fun with their newest exhibit, Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action. Visitors will engage in five different exercise simulations that include surfing, snowboarding, kung fu and rock climbing – all in a fun and immersive environment. Fri. & Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Kohl Children’s Museum. $11; free for children 1 & under. Ages 0-8. Event details.
Hunt for Gnomes and Build Them Sweet Homes
Gnomes are invading Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek in the Children’s Garden. Can you find them all? Search for them throughout the week and then come back on the weekend to continue the hunt and create a keepsake, light-up gnome home of your own. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Morton Arboretum. Hunt is free with general admission; home building is $7/member, $10/non-member. All ages. Event details.
Chicago Family Palooza 2016
Enjoy a 51,000 square foot family fun playground with attractions, rides and more! Winter boredom busters: Extreme Air, carnival games, an indoor 220 foot zip-line, a rock climbing wall, trackless train rides, inflatables, miniature golf, moon jumps, a petting zoo, hands-on educational workshops, DJ’s, magicians, strolling entertainers, face painting, balloon twisters and animal shows. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pheasant Run Resort. $8. All ages. Event details.
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