It’s a holiday weekend and there’s lots to explore. A piano and puppet show is making the rounds to local parks, the Adler Planetarium is blasting through spring with activities revolving around the sun, and Easter egg hunts are taking over Chicago. Don’t know where to start? Find out here.
A Piano With 3 Tales
Puppet spectacle pros Blair Thomas & Company bring an imaginative show on tour to Chicago park fieldhouses. It’s a classical piano recital masquerading as a puppet show. Pianist Mary Rose Norell performs three pieces, which are paired with movement by handmade puppets, from bunraku dolls to larger-than-life human-sized costumes. Held Sat., 2 p.m. Tuley Park. Free. Ages 4-12. Event details.
Egg Hunt in Wonderland
Take a trip down the rabbit hole at Bubbles Academy, which transforms into Wonderland in time for Easter. There’s a visit from the White Rabbit and an egg hunt in the open meadow. From painting with the Queen of Hearts to a Tea Party in the Tree House, it promises to be an enchanted afternoon. Held Sat., 2-4 & 5-7 p.m. $30/child. Ages 0-8. Event details.
The Big Find
Grab your basket! There are tons of eggs hiding at Adams Sangamon Park during this free community event hosted by Soul City Church. Make the city your backyard and come out and join the search, and also enjoy carnival games, food, candy, inflatables, music and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Free. All ages. Event details.
“Here Comes the Sun”
Explore the power of the nearest and brightest star through special programs including a special sky show, “One World, One Sky,” starring Big Bird and Elmo. Every Friday is Homegrown Solar Science, where families can build their own solar oven or window garden. And on Saturdays, local artists help you create a cosmic masterpiece using the sun, planets and moons as inspiration. Held through April 27. Adler Planetarium. All ages. Event details.
National Geographic Presents “Earth Explorers”
Plunge into the world’s eco-zones — Polar Regions, Oceans, Rain Forests, Mountains and Caves and Savannas — at the interactive exhibit that feels like one big adventure. Descend into the deep in a 3-D submersible and explore how life forms at varying depths, even coming face-to-face with a great white shark. Soar in a hot air balloon over the Savanna, learning about the life of elephants and other mammals. Thru Sept 1. Museum of Science and Industry. Included in the Museum Explorer entrance package. All ages. Event details.
Cosley Zoo’s Party for the Planet
This zoo is small (just five acres!) but mighty — especially for Earth Day. Stop by its annual party to learn from businesses and conservation organizations about a wide variety of conservation efforts related to nature and wildlife. Be sure to say hello to the bobcats while you’re there and eat a slice of Earth Day Cake! Held Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Included in regular zoo entry fee of $5/adults; Wheaton residents and kids up to age 17 are free. All ages. Event details.
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Conjunction Junction, what’s your function? Find out the answer at the beloved musical that teaches history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever and tuneful songs. Held thru May 4. Marriott Theatre. $15. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below!
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Blair Thomas & Company / Chicago Park District