Easter and Passover are here, which means spring has sprung. Family traditions are important, and there’s always room to add more to the mix. Start with these activities, plays and events that mix holiday fun with madcap adventure. You can do everything from catch “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” to tour the Jelly Belly warehouse, to share a Seder dinner. Read on.
“Goldilocks and the Three Bears” on Stage
Three bowls of porridge. Three chairs. Three beds. Step into Goldilocks’ world as Chicago Kids Theatre brings the classic story alive for all ages. Held thru Aug. 7 at Stahl Family Theater. $12/person. Event details.
Easter Fun at The Roosevelt Collection
The hunt is on to find the colorful eggs hiding around the plaza. Wonderful surprises of candy and gift cards await your little bunny fans. While there, hop over to meet and get a picture with the Easter Bunny himself. Held Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party
The early morning hours (3:30-6:30 a.m.!) is prime time to watch beauty unfold in the night skies. Look through telescopes (weather permitting) during a lunar eclipse — when the Earth blocks the Sun’s light from reaching the moon, and the moon slowly darkens before setting below the horizon. At this free family event you can also tour Adler Planetarium’s newly renovated Doane Observatory and check out its Space Visualization Laboratory. Held Sat., 3:30-6:30 a.m. at Adler Planetarium. Free. All ages. Event details.
Bunny Rock Chicago 5K
The race kicks off at 9 a.m. followed by an egg hunt for kids 2-8 years old at 10:30 a.m. There will be ’80s rock music to get you in the mood, not to mention 3,000 eggs (!) filled with prizes, and a petting zoo with over 20 different animals. Held Sat., 9 a.m. at Grant Park, Upper Hutchinson Field. $45-50/5K participant; $10-15/egg hunt participant. All ages. Event details.
Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play”
If your pint-sized readers love Mo Willems’ beloved Elephant and Piggie series, this is the show for them. Join the cautious elephant, Gerald, and his playful Piggie pal on a music-filled journey to discover the true meaning of friendship. Held thru May 30 at Apollo Theater. Tickets start at $15. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Super Hero Week
Welcome to an adventure of heroic proportions! Design your own superhero logo and mask to create the perfect secret identity. Then practice your super-strengths with obstacle courses, puzzles and a whole lot more. Held Mon.-Fri. at Wonder Works. $6/person. All ages. Event details.
Share a Seder
Join a communal dinner in honor of the holiday. The more, the merrier! Please bring hard boiled, peeled eggs; Kosher for Passover matzah; and wine and/or grape juice for your family. Held Sat., 6-9 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel. $10/children (2-12); $32/adult. All ages. Event details.
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Easter Hoppenings at the Jelly Belly Warehouse
Get your sweet fill of Easter fun here with face painting, balloon art, a magic show, raffles and prizes. Take photos with the Easter Bunny. Best of all, you can enjoy a free tour aboard the Jelly Belly Express indoor train through the Jelly Belly warehouse. Held Sat., 1-3 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
How are you spending the holiday weekend? Tell us in the Comments!
— Kelly Aiglon & Marian Mangoubi
photo: Goldilocks and the Three Bears / Johnny Knight