The LEGO Movie‘s leading man, Emmet, said it best when he said, “Everything is awesome!” because everything about this weekend is going to be just that — Awesome! Whether you’re checking out the new attractions at LEGOLAND® Discovery, tapping into the fun of maple syrup season (yes, that’s a thing) or taking in a bit of kid-centric theater, our Editor is showing you all the ways to keep the smiles plastered all weekend long. Read on and hit the town!
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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.
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; 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. Fri., 10:15 a.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. The Apollo Theater. $15 & up. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Celebrate Chicago’s 179th
What better place than The Chicago History Museum to celebrate the birthday of our great city? They’ll pay tribute with special remarks about the City of Big Shoulders. Bonus: Free cake and lemonade to attendees! Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Chicago History Museum. Free. All ages. Event details.
Ice Skating with a View
Take a spin on the ice with a magnificent view at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Once again this year, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present Winter Workouts with FREE skating lessons, one hour before the rink opens. Fri., noon-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Millennium Park. Free skating, $12/skate rental. All ages. Event details.
Spend the Night Counting Stars
Look to the sky and be mesmerized by the stars during Adler’s Astro-Overnight. Kiddos can explore hands-on activities, like a space-themed scavenger hunt, or do damage control on a planet covered in slime. There is also telescope observing and two sky shows to watch during the evening. Fr., 5:30 a.m.-Sat., 8 a.m. Adler Planetarium. $60/non-members; $55/members (overnight); $30/non-members; $27.50/members (evening events only). Ages 6-12. 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.
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. 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.
Schools Out Day Camp: Imaginarium
It’s time to think out of the box and let imaginations run wild! Naper Settlement encourages kids to become art-scientists and junior engineers in this day camp. Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Naper Settlement. $45/camper. Grades 1-5. 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. Fri.-Sun., noon-2 p.m. Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area. $6. 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.
LOOK AHEAD . . . to next weekend!
Register Now! 360 Youth Services Fundraising Event
Who says golf can’t change the world? One afternoon of golf will provide opportunities for life. Throw on your favorite polo, pop the collar and head to Top Golf Naperville. Your donation benefits 360 Youth Services, who has a mission of providing life-changing services with substance abuse prevention education, counseling and housing. Admission provides for golf, sliders, slaw and soda (cash bar available for 21+ crowd). Sun., Mar. 13, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Top Golf Naperville. $125/adults; $35/kids. All ages. Event details.
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