Looking for something to do? We’ve got the golden ticket. That’s right — the original Willy Wonka movie is returning to the big screen, just in time for Easter. The weekend’s sugarcoated fun also includes an egg hunt, funny new play, wild roller derby and more. Boredom doesn’t stand a chance.
Music Box’s Easter Special Featuring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Dress up like your favorite character, pig out on candy and watch the original version of the film (it’s as loopy as you remember it, thanks to Gene Wilder’s Willy). Before the show, an MC leads a group sing-along that promises to be sweeter than an Everlasting Gobstopper. At Music Box Theatre. Held Mar. 31 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $12. Event details.
The Emperor’s New Threads: A Fashion Statement
Hans Christian Andersen’s folktale gets a funky send-up in this children’s musical. Giggle as a greedy emperor imposes a fashion tax on his people, only to get confronted by a well-meaning girl. “His Royal Groovyness” may never be the same again. At Lifeline Theatre. Runs through Apr. 28. Show times on Sat. & Sun. at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. No show on Easter Day. Tickets are $15. Event details.
Windy City Rollers
The all-female roller derby kicks off the first bout of its travel teams’ season when Chicago’s Second Wind goes up against Toronto and Montreal. It’s rock ’em, sock ’em fun as “jammers” (the players with stars on their caps) try to push to the front of the pack. At UIC Pavilion. Held Mar. 30 at 6:00 pm. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Tickets are $20-$35 for adults; kids ages 7 and under are free. Event details.
Diapered butts shake at the twice-monthly live concert series geared for toddlers. This week’s lineup includes improv jazz guitarist Jeff Parker and songbird Dee Alexander. It’s informal and fun; pop a squat on the floor or dance around, and meet the artists after the show. At Chicago Cultural Center. Held Mar. 29 at 10:00 am. Free. Event details.
Easter Play Day
When many other venues are closed on Easter Day, Pump It Up Chicago invites you to make like a jackrabbit and catch air on its huge inflatables. Bounce around and then go on a hunt for eggs, hidden throughout the play zone. Mar. 31 at 10:00 am. Recommended for ages 3-9. Admission is $10; advance registration required. Event details.
Eggs to Chicks
Peep baby chicks while they hatch. The annual exhibit features a child-height egg incubator, hatchery unit and pen for newborns. Rare Black Java and White Java chickens are part of the cuteness. At Kohl Children’s Museum. Held through May 13. Museum admission is $9.50 and free for those under 1. Event details.
What are your weekend plans?
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Courtesy of Music Box Theatre