You’re off to see exciting things this weekend — namely, a new musical version of “The Wizard of Oz.” Dorothy, Toto and friends will have you trotting in the direction of fun. But you’ll want to brake at the Touch a Truck celebration in Northfield, Cinco de Mayo Festival in Little Village and Fairy Festival in Joliet. Read on for the scoop on these and more!
“The Wizard of Oz”
The enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic contains songs from the Oscar-winning movie, your favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Courage, a heart and brains, coming right up! Runs April 30-May 11. Cadillac Palace Theatre. $18-$85. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Cinco de Mayo Family Festival
The May 5 fun lasts all weekend long at this authentic community cultural celebration featuring food, entertainment, artisans, and activities for children. Also have a blast with carnival games (extra fee) and a Radio Disney performance on Saturday afternoon. Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 3-11 p.m. 26th St. & Kostner Ave. Free. All ages. Event details.
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
If you love the book, you’ll flip out for this play, brought here by the acclaimed Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, in collaboration with Chicago Children’s Theatre. It features innovative puppetry, music and black-light visual effects that appeal to young eyes. Runs Tues.-June 1. Ruth Page Theater. Tickets start at $20. Ages 2 & up. Event details.
Family Yoga at Bloom
Flex as a family. You’ll learn playful poses that can be done together or alone, plus gentle breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Sat., 5-6 p.m. Bloom Yoga Studio. $20/pair; $8/each additional adult or child. All ages. Event details.
Monica + Andy Mother’s Day Trunk Show
The local, loved baby and toddler clothing brand has your back for Mother’s Day. Find gifts for new moms, mom- to-be and baby. Bites and bubbles are on hand, too. Sat., noon-3 p.m. Edith Hart. Free. All ages. Event details.
Touch a Truck
Who doesn’t love cars, trucks and things that go? Get revved up for this event, presented by the Women’s Board of Kohl Children’s Museum. You’ll climb aboard 25 full-sized versions of your favorite toys, including fire engines, dump trucks, semis and tractors. Held Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge. $35/family. All ages. Event details.
Family Open House at Cantigny Greenhouse
Bring the family and your budding green thumb to the open house in the middle of Cantigny’s parkland. You’ll get in a spring-y mood with gardening demonstrations, tours, plant sales, kids’ activities and more. Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
Put on your most sparkly wings, wave your wand and fly to Pilcher Park Nature Center for Fairy Festival. The annual fest’s fairy-guided activities include a breakfast, nature walks, fairy training, pampering, crafts and more. Sat., 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $10 ($15 with breakfast). All ages. Event details.
Which of these events will you go to first? Let us know in the Comments section below!
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: The Wizard of Oz