Birds are singing their songs. The sun is shining. And everyone is feeling alright because Spring has sprung. Keep the good vibrations going this weekend and take your crew to fun happenings across town. You’ll delight in the many plays and musicals hitting stages across the city, Easter egg hunts galore, improvised comedy and more! Hello, Spring. So glad you’re here.
photo: Brooklyn Boulders
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. 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. & noon. 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.
Engage in Improvised Fun at ComedySportz
This hilarious 90-minute improv show has two competing teams creating comedy scenes, songs and games right on the spot based on audience suggestions. The audience chooses the winner and the show never repeats. It’s clean, smart comedy – something hard to come by sometimes! Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. ComedySportz – CSz Theater. $23-$25. 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.
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. The Apollo Theater. $15 & up. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Lincoln Park Zoo
Families with kids of all ages can hop over to the zoo for an Easter weekend celebration including pancake breakfast, an egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, animal viewing, complimentary rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure and more! Sat., 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lincoln Park Zoo. $19/adults; $39/ages 2-15; free for ages 1 & under. 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. Walnut Room. $17.95/ages 1-10; $29.95/adult; free for ages 1 & under. All ages. 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.
Taking the Easter Egg-Stravaganza to New Heights
The Brooklyn Boulders Chicago inaugural Easter Egg-stravaganza is no ordinary hunt. You’ll have to search low and really, really high, even up some walls, to find the hundreds of eggs hidden throughout our 25,000 square foot facility! Sat., 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Brooklyn Boulders. $10/child. Ages. 5-12. 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. Sun., 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.
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. & Sat, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.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.
An Easter Brunch at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills
The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills will once again host Easter Brunch in their grander-than-ever Grand Ballroom. Chef Curry brings you a brunch stocked with modern farm cuisine, which focuses on high quality, fresh ingredients that are locally sourced. Fill your plates, savor a photo with the Easter Bunny and join in fun activities like freshly baked cookie decorating (and eating). Sun., 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills. $15/kids ages 5-12; $39/adult; free for ages 4 & under. 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.
A Hearty Buffet at Cantigny Park
Spend a beautiful spring day at Cantigny Park that starts with a hearty buffet at Le Jardin inside the Cantigny Visitors Center. Snap a pic with the Easter Bunny, grab an inflated creation from one of the two strolling balloon artists and get your face painted. Sat., 9 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Le Jardin inside Cantigny Park. $17/kids 4-10; $25/adults; free for ages 3 & under. All ages. Event details.
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