While you wait for winter to pull a disappearing act, spring into action exploring stage shows, a new exhibit fit for royalty or brave the great outdoors to watch trains glide through the seasons.  That’s not all we have for you this weekend. Suspense killing you? Read on to hear more!

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That’s Weird Grandma: Rise of the Rock Spectacular
Imagine an incredible rock concert, completely penned by young authors and composed by Chicago actors and musicians! This music-infused revue will feature rocking guitar solos, plenty of jokes and a new opening band each week! Sun. Event details.


Little Red Riding Hood
Chicago Kids Company – Theater for Children presents Little Red Riding Hood, an original musical adaptation of the classic tale. Meet Little Red and her friends as she travels through the woods to Grandma’s house. Fri. Event details.

Grant Park

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down flying owls, Hagrid-like giants and dragons that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament. Sat. Event details.

Museum Campus

Meet a Scientist at The Field
Explore the wonders of The Field’s collections in a whole new way with their Meet a Scientist series. Scientists will be on-hand discussing their work and showing real artifacts and specimens from over 24 million objects not currently on display. Fri. Event details.

Navy Pier

Once Upon a Castle at Chicago Children’s Museum
Join in Chicago Children’s Museum’s excitement as they introduce their latest temporary exhibit, Once Upon a Castle. This original exhibit invites young dreamers to create their own kingdom in a one-of-a-kind castle themed play space. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Near North Side

The Year I Didn’t Go To School: A Homemade Circus
Let your imaginations soar as 7-year-old Giselle and her sister Chloe travel through Italy by truck performing in their parent’s puppet theater company. The Year I Didn’t Go To School: A Homemade Circus is sure to be a thrilling theatrical experience, combining circus elements and a unique story. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Beginning Level Flamenco Dancing Lessons for Kids
In conjunction with the 15th annual 5-week Chicago Flamenco Festival, Instituto Cervantes of Chicago will host beginner level Flamenco dance, including “braceo” arm movement, “zapateado” footwork, “flores” hand movements and “vueltas” turns. Sat. Event details.

Theater District

Brain Candy LIVE!
Adam Savage, one of television’s most loved personalities, has joined forces with Michael Stevens, one of YouTube’s biggest stars. Together, the two are bringing along more than 3 tons of their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations. Sat. Event details.



The Actors Gymnasium Presents Quest
Quest is an original circus-theater production loosely based on Leo Tolstoy’s short story The Three Questions. The protagonist asks three simple (but huge) questions, setting in motion a whirlwind journey to find the answers. Fri-Sun. Event details.


Be Enchanted by Trains that Glide Through Every Season
The kiddos can watch trains travel through all four seasons with the Enchanted Railroad. They’ll see bright orange pumpkins in the fall display, and they’ll even spy fluffy little daffodils as the trains sweep through spring. Fri.-Sun. Event details


MommyCon, a nationwide natural parenting convention series, and WEAR: A Babywearing Conference, combine their unique programs for a 3-day convention that builds on MommyCon’s mission to create a community and resource for anyone interested in natural and organic parenting. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.

Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers