The good news: Winter is almost over. The even better news: This weekend will be so fun you won’t even think about the weather. Mickey and Minnie are back in a new Disney Junior Live show that’s all about pirates and princesses. St. Patrick’s Day parades spread shamrock cheer near and far. A live improvised comedy will tickle your funny bone. And if you need to think spring, head to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, where there are tons of kids’ activities and places to play.
Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirate & Princess Adventure
High-seas adventure meets enchanting magic in this stage show featuring characters from Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Sofia the First. Held Fri. & Mon., 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m., 2 & 5 p.m. Rosemont Theatre. Tickets starting at $25. All ages. Event details.
South Side Irish Parade
Enjoy a sea of green on the South Side when this procession marches through. The two-hour shindig is filled with floats and flags, bagpipe players, Irish dancers and more. Held Sun., noon. On Western Avenue, between 103rd & 115th streets. Free. All ages. Event details.
Northwest Side Irish Parade
You can thank your lucky clovers for this super-fun procession, which has floats, live music, performers and appearances by tons of neighborhood organizations. Be sure to hit the family-friendly after-party at Immaculate Conception Recreation Center. Held Sun., noon. Departs from William J. Onahan School. Free. All ages. Event details.
Irish American Heritage Center St. Patrick’s Day Family Festival
Whoop it up at a North Side institution. Dress up in green and head over for an arts and crafts fair, a mini Irish market, dancing, food, music, performances by Irish groups and other kinds of family fun. Held Sat., 1 p.m.-midnight. $15 for adults, free for kids 12 and younger (if purchased by March 13, tickets are $12). All ages. Event details.
Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Flowers in March? Yes! There are thousands of them at this annual event. While the colorful sights, sweet smells and fish-filled ponds are for all ages, little gardeners can really dig into the fun at the Kid’s Activity Garden. In addition to swings and a sandbox, they’ll enjoy craft projects, insect encounters, a Disney dance party and more. Held Sat. through Mar. 23. Weekend admission, $19; weekday admission, $17 (save $2 on these when you buy online). Children ages 4-12 are $5. All ages. Event details.
Human Tim + Robot Tim
The latest in the Heritage Littles Milk & Cookies Happy Hour concert series features this unique human/robot band. Get down to an indie-twangy-electro-folk sound that’s all its own. Held Fri., 3:30-4:30 p.m. Heritage Littles. $6 minimum donation to the musicians for kids 6 months & up; parents free. All ages. Event details.
Hogwash: An Improvised Tall Tale
At the start of the show, kids help pick costumes for the characters and choose a location for this fun romp. As the story unfolds, graphic artists construct props, build scenery, modify costumes and improvise an environment as unique as the story itself. Held every Sat., 10:30 a.m.-noon. Bug House Theatre. Donations accepted for admission. Ages 3-12. Event details.
Step right up to this carnival, which celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim. Come dressed in costume and get tickets that can be used for fun activities (for example, kids can “lock up” their parents in a faux jail). The event also has a bounce house, games, a bake sale and more. Held Sun., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Moriah Congregation. All ages. Event details.
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Conjunction Junction, what’s your function? Find out the answer at the beloved musical that teaches history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever and tuneful songs. Held thru May 4. Marriott Theatre. $15. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
How are you planning to wind down winter? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Disney Live on Tour