Hear the crack of the bat? Baseball season is getting into full swing. No matter which team you support, there’s a lot to root for this weekend, starting with Family Day at the Chicago White Sox. You can also enjoy a Neighborhood Game Day, shop a humongous resale, watch Junie B. Jones get silly on stage, and more. Total score!
Family Day at the Chicago White Sox
Nothing screams summer like a day at the ballpark. Bring the kids out to see the sluggers at U.S. Cellular Field and stay for the running of the bases after the game. Also, enjoy special kid-focused activities throughout the concourse throughout the day. Held Sun., 1:10 p.m. Tickets start at $5. All ages. Event details.
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 Sat.-Apr. 25 at Symphony Center. $17/person. Ages 3-5. Event details.
Babies, Tots n’ More 9th Annual Consignment Sale
Yeah! Time to clean out your closets and earn some cash while also stocking up on some nice, gently used clothes and gear for the kids. There will be over 22,000 items available from 200 consignors, including brand new overstock items from local baby boutiques. Held Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sat., 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Daystar School. Free. Event details.
Play Time for Children With Disabilities
Chicago Children’s Museum welcomes children with disabilities and their families to join in an exciting day of multi-sensory activities. The museum is opening an hour early specifically for these guests. Held Sat., 9-10 a.m. $14/person; free for members & children under 1. All ages. Event details.
Neighborhood Game Day
This is a free party in honor of International TableTop Day (yes, it’s a thing!). There will be tournaments, prizes, crafts and gaming for all skill levels. Reserve a spot to play jumbo-sized games, learn to play the world’s most popular modern board game Settlers Of Catan, decorate a DIY dice tray, and more. Held Sat., noon-5 p.m. at Cat & Mouse Game Store. Free. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Second Sundays Art-Making at Hyde Park Art Center
Step back in time to make your own photographic prints using the old-fashioned photo process. Artists Candice Latimer will walk you through creating your own prints. Then artist Elke Claus will demonstrate printmaking as you carve an image into a sheet of styrofoam, roll ink on the raised surface, and transfer the ink onto paper. Held Sun., 1-4 p.m. Free. Ages 5-9. Event details.
Laugh Along With “Junie B. Jones”
Follow the feisty schoolgirl on an adventure that compiles some favorite highlights of life in first grade. Theatreworks USA’s musical looks at the flights and plights of lovable troublemaker, and will make you laugh, smile and sing along. Held Sat., 11 a.m. $16/adult; $14/children. Ages 5-11. Event details.
“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 Fri.-June 7 at Drury Lane. $45-$60/person. Recommended for ages 13 & up. Event details.
Weekend Family Class: Gumballs & Superballs
Have you ever wondered how chewing gum and rubber are made? Learn about the transformation of rainforest trees into everyday products, and create your very own bouncing ball and chewing gum. Held Sun., 9:30-11 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m. $23/child. All ages. Event details.
How are you getting in the swing of things this weekend? Tell us in the Comments!
— Kelly Aiglon & Marian Mangoubi
photo: Chicago White Sox