Guess what, people? We made it! Spring is springing this weekend and boy is Chicago hopping with activity. You can catch Mr. Cottontail himself around town at egg hunts and brunches, continue tapping into the maple syrup season fun, check out the new LEGOLAND exhibits, catch a bit of theater and so much more. Read on for our Editor’s picks for weekend fun and show Spring how fun is done!
photo: That’s Weird, Grandma: The Musical
That’s Weird, Grandma: The Musical
Barrel of Monkeys is pleased to bring back That’s Weird, Grandma: The Musical, an all-musical revue featuring stories conceived and written by Chicago Public School students, adapted into songs and performed by Barrel of Monkeys Company Members. Sun., 2 p.m. Neo-Futurist Theater. $6/kids; $12/adults. 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., Sat., 1 p.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.
Discover Math in Nature with a Mirror Maze
Discover how naturally fun math can be in a maze filled with mirrors that will help kiddies unlock the beautiful symmetry of the natural world. Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze kicks things off with a film that presents how fractals, spirals and “golden ratio” are woven into our lives. Then take a whirlwind trip through the mirrored maze of triangles, and race to find a secret room with even more math-tacular secrets inside. Fri.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum of Science and Industry. $18/adults; $11/children 3-11. 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.
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. 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.
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 animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured melodies of the ‘70s back in a hip new way. Sat., 1 p.m. Apollo Theater. $10-$20. Ages 3-13. 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.
Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole
Based on the best-selling book series, this tale of the imaginative feline and his Chihuahua pals will capture your child’s attention and take them on an adventure complete with daring circus tricks and endearing storylines. Sat., 10:30 a.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. The Apollo Theater. $15 & up. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Bunny Hop at Monica + Andy
Monica + Andy is so egg-cited for you to join them for a Shake + Sing at the M+A Bunny Hop. Join in for Easter crafts, games and musical entertainment by singer/songwriter Lindsey Smithwick of Bee-Boppers Music. Breakfast treats and coffee will be provided by Le Pain Quotidien. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Monica + Andy. Free. All ages. Event details.
Bunny Brunch at the Walnut Room
Devour a breakfast buffet stocked with scrambled mascarpone eggs, french toast, salmon, a ham carving station, fresh-baked scones and more! Activities to delight the tots include a visit from the Easter bunny, face painting and balloon artists will be on-hand to bedazzle with their latex artistry. Sat., 9 a.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. Walnut Room. $17.95/ages 1-10; $29.95/adult; free for ages 1 & under. All ages. Event details.
Have a Sleepover with a T-Rex
The lights will dim as you explore the rituals of ancient Egyptian culture, guided by the light of your flashlight. Next, you prowl an African savannah with giraffes, hippos and man-eating lions. Take a break by playing games from around the world or looking at giant bugs from right in your backyard. Cap off your night of exploration and adventure with cozy bedtime stories. Fri., 5:45 p.m.-Sat., 9 a.m. Field Museum. $65+/person. Ages 6-12 & their families. Event details.
Asleep with the Fishes Overnight
Fall asleep to visions of jellies and fishes in your head as you snuggle up in your sleeping bag for a night out at the Shedd Aquarium. Dive into a marine-filled wonderland through games, hands-on activities, and special animal interactions with your favorite Shedd residents. Rise and shine and munch on a continental breakfast while you watch the aquarium critters go about their morning routines. Fri., 6:30 p.m.-Sat., 8:30 a.m. Shedd Aquarium. $75/person. Ages. 6-12. Event details.
Mathemania at Chicago Children’s Museum
The Chicago Children’s Museum is doing math BIG — and small. Join them everyday during the months of March and April for different math activities calculated to inspire a love of math in every child. Highlights include tangrams and making your own play dough. Daily, 11:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m. Navy Pier. $14; free for children under 1. All ages. Event details.
Near North Side
Great Eats at the NEW Imperial Lamian
Imperial Lamian’s first U.S. location is now open! Schedule a sitter and check out their authentic, yet modern, Chinese cuisine with dishes prepared by three Master Chefs expertly trained in their individual crafts. Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Imperial Lamian. Adults. 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. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-noon. Bug House Theatre. $10/kids; free for adults. Ages 3-12. Event details.
Shop-and-Hop at Randolph Street Market
Randolph Street Market is hosting their Spring Fling, we’re you can shop-and-hop your way through a beautiful weekend. Over 100 vendors will be on hand along with cocktails, food and a weekend-long Easter Egg Hunt. While you shop, kids can find eggs buried all around the market with candy surprises and Market Bucks to spend on your most coveted items. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Randolph Street Market. Advanced purchase, $8 tickets; general admission $10; free for ages 12 & under. All ages. Event details.
Hop to It! Sod Room’s Bunny Brunch
Somebunny very special is coming to Sod Room. Hop over for a fun-filled morning of play time, brunch and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The event includes one digital picture of your child or children by TK Photography. Sun., 9:30 a.m.-noon. Sod Room. $30/one adult & one child; $20/extra child; $6/extra adult. Ages 0-6. Event details.
Watch a tree tapping demonstration and learn all about the process of making syrup at the Red Oak Nature Center. Programs begin every hour, on the hour. Purchase a maple snack and enjoy it while taking in beautiful views of the Fox River. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Red Oak Nature Center. Free. All ages. Event details.
Easter Eggstravaganza at Varble Park
Grab your baskets and heat to Varble park for their 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny is busy hiding his eggs and he’ll be there to officially start the hunt. Each kid can find up to 10 eggs and there will be 3 very special eggs added to each hunt to give kids a chance to win a basket overflowing with toys. Sat., 9:45 a.m.-11 a.m. Varble Park. $3. Ages 2-7. Event details.
Breakfast with the Bunny at Brookfield Zoo
Throw down an all-you-can-eat buffet with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny while being entranced with a serenade by the Banjo Buddies. Stop for a photo opp with the bunnies before heading into the park to revel in a day at the zoo. Cost of zoo admission and parking included in event price. Sat., 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Brookfield Zoo. $21.95 for ages 3-11; $29.95/adults; free for ages 2 & under. All ages. 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.
Eggstravaganza & Breakfast with the Bunny
Hop into spring for Eggstravaganza and Breakfast with the Bunny. Children of all ages will have a hopping good time at an old-fashioned egg hunt. Before the egg hunt, enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Lakeview Room. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $10/resident, $12/non-resident. All ages. Event details.
Cinderella . . . After the Ball
Marriott Theatre presents Cinderella . . . After the Ball, which follows the story of Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty as they join Cinderella on her quest for a real happily ever after. Girl power abounds as the friends work to save the kingdom from the wicked Pinocchio. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m. Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences. $17.23. All ages. 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.
Learn About Sap and Munch on Brunch
Families start the Syrup Tree and Silver Dollar Brunch with a hike to Morton Arboretum’s tapped sugar maple tree to see how sap flows from the tree and is collected. After traveling down the trail, kids learn how to drill into a tree and take turns practicing with a tool on a fallen log. It all ends with brunch, including pancakes, sausages, fruit, a special maple treat and beverages. Don’t forget to register. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Morton Arboretum. $18/members; $25/non-members. All ages. Event details.
North Park Village
Tap, Tap! It’s a Maple Syrup Festival
Learn how syrup goes from tree to table and taste the sweet results. You’ll see the process from start to finish, from tapping the maple tree to boiling sap to make syrup. Finish the day by sampling the goods right off the fire. The festival also includes walks through the sugar bush, storytelling and craft making. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. North Park Village Nature Center. Free. All ages. Event details.
Maple Syrup Hike
Take a one-hour hike through the woods to learn about maple trees and taste sweet sap in one of the pretty Lake County Forest Preserves. On the trails, you pass historic buildings and through a dense forest. You might just feel like your family has been transported to a woodland retreat. Sat. & Sun., noon-2 p.m. Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area. $6/person. All ages. Event details.
The Awesome Just Got Awesome-r
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center has tapped into that great Second City pride with their famous MINILAND Chicago and lucky us, they’ve added more marvel-worthy Windy City landmarks to their LEGO Kingdom. Pencil in a date to check out the all-new Soldier Field, O’Hare airport, City Builder attraction and 4D movie experience. Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago. $13.50+/person. All ages. Event details.
Welcome to the Hood: Giordano’s Schaumburg
Giordano’s is now bringing their famous deep-dish to Schaumburg with the opening of their newest location. The restaurant offers dine-in, carry-out and delivery services, as well as an expansive bar and a menu full of Giordano’s favorites Chicagoans can’t get enough of. Stop in and give them a warm welcome! Daily. Giordano’s Schaumburg. All ages. Event details.
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