This weekend, you’re getting the royal treatment. Disney Junior’s Pirates & Princesses is in town, and it’s going to make your kiddo smile brighter than a sparkling tiara. You can also dance with Fancy Nancy, be enchanted by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cozy up with Princess and the Pea, and more. Enjoy it all, your majesty!
Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure
Combine characters from Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and you get this show that’s perfect for preschoolers. Travel to Sofia’s kingdom of Enchancia as everyone prepares for the annual friendship festival. Next stop is Never Land to search for a treasure-filled volcano with Jake and his Yo Ho pirate friends. Held Fri., 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. at Rosemont Theatre. Tickets start at $20. All ages. Event details.
Chicago Non-Public Schools Science Explosion
Discover what the young scientists of Chicago have cooked up this year. You’ll be able to see about 400 creative projects brought to you by a variety of schools across the city. The projects that win big at this fair will go on to the Junior Academy of Sciences state fair. Held Sat., 1-4 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Museum of Science and Industry. Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.
Winter Fam Jam
Get down at Marsha’s Music during an afternoon of dancing and making music with your little bugs. You’ll also be helping a great cause because all of the money made from this event will benefit the Marsha’s Music Scholarship Fund. Held Sat., 4-5:30 p.m. $10/family in advance; $15/family at the door. Ages 5 & under. Event details.
Once Upon a Symphony: Little Red Hen
Chicago Symphony Orchestra will strike a chord with kids as it presents “Little Red Hen.” The storytelling journey features small ensembles of CSO musicians paired with vivid narration, sets, costumes and images created by Chicago Children’s Theatre. Held Sat., 10 & 11:45 a.m. at Symphony Center. $17/person. Ages 3-5. Event details.
Fancy Nancy the Musical
It’s Fancy Nancy’s first ballet recital. With her sparkly slippers and tiara, Nancy thought it was her destiny to be the prima ballerina. But, things don’t go as planned and Nancy is stuck playing a tree. Find out how your fave ballerina turns everything around and becomes a fancy little hero in this show from Emerald City Theatre. Held thru May 24 at Apollo Theater. Tickets start at $15. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Trinity Academy of Dance Open House
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early with face painting, snacks and giveaways. Your little ones can even do a little jig with the dancers. You might just be going home with an Irish step dancer in the making. Held Sat., 10 a.m.-noon at the Irish American Heritage Center. Free. All ages. Event details.
Pancakes With Pippi
Join your friend Pippi Longstocking for a pancake breakfast. Hang out with this famous Swedish character while you munch on good old-fashioned Swedish pancakes, create your own crafts, sing your heart out and boogie nonstop. Held Sat., 9-11 a.m. at the Swedish American Museum. TIckets $5-$17. All ages. Event details.
“Princess and the Pea” on Stage
This classic Hans Christian Anderson tale has been tailor-made for your young theatergoers with a jam-packed one hour performance. Watch as the Prince and his mother use 20 mattresses, 20 feather beds and one pea to find their new princess. Held thru May 3 at Marriott Theatre. Tickets start at $32. All ages. Event details.
What is your family up to this weekend? Tell us in the Comments!
— Kelly Aiglon & Natasha Davis
photo: Disney’s Pirates and Princesses