You spring break-ed like a boss. Now tackle this weekend with gusto. There is a lot of fun to be had, from a delightful stage production of “Princess & the Pea,” to a milk and cookies happy hour, to a story and craft session. Jump in anywhere and live it up because summer will be here before you know it.



“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.

The Loop

Once Upon a Symphony: “Jack and the Beanstalk”
Go on an engaging journey into the world of music at this kid-friendly performance featuring small ensembles of CSO musicians. The beautiful music is paired with vivid storytelling, sets, costumes and images created by Chicago Children’s Theatre. Held thru Apr. 25 at Symphony Center. $17/person. Ages 3-5. Event details.


Milk & Cookie Happy Hour at Heritage Littles
Hit the bar for your little one’s favorite drink – milk – as they sit and enjoy a well-deserved treat. Sew Crafty Studio will be there to help your little ones make their own bicycle pal, a mini stuffed animal to hang from their bike handlebars. Held Fri., 4-5 p.m. $5/child. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Navy Pier

“Move It” Exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum
It’s the last weekend for wee movers and shakers to get a kiddie-sized workout. Your little balls of energy can build their own play space where they can climb, crawl, jump, balance and bend. They can even try their skills on the net climber. Held thru Apr. 19. Included in museum general admission of $14/person. Ages 1-10. Event details.


Story and Craft Hour at Swedish American Museum
Peek into the world of nature through Jim Aronsky’s tale of “Rabbits and Raindrops.” You’ll follow five baby rabbits as they encounter the world around them for the first time and experience their first rain storm. Then create your own rabbit with a clothespin as a reminder of the story. Held Fri., 11 a.m. $4/adults; $3/child & Senior; $10/family. All ages. Event details.


Earth Day Party at Brookfield Zoo 
Get excited about Party for the Planet. The annual bash is filled with educational and fun activities for the entire family including tree planting, a performance about endangered animals, zoo chats and more. Held Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free with general admission: $11.95/children 3 -11; $16.95/adults. All ages. Event details.

Oak Brook

“Billy Elliot” on Stage
The 10-time Tony Award-winning musical is soaring into town. This heartwarming story follows a young boy’s journey to pursue his passion for dancing despite the odds against him. Along the way, he inspires his family and community, and changes his life forever. Held thru June 7 at Drury Lane. $45-$60/person. Recommended for ages 13 & up. Event details.


A Very First Tea Party
Pinkies up! Dress in your Sunday best and attend this sit-down with finger sandwiches and kid-friendly teas. Bring your camera because the adorableness will be at an all-time high. Held Sun., 10-11 a.m. $10/1 adult + 1 child; $5/extra child. All ages. Event details.

Which of these events will you hit first? Tell us in the Comments!

— Kelly Aiglon & Marian Mangoubi

photo: Princess & the Pea at Marriott Theatre