Look out, Chicago. Superheroes are soaring into town this weekend and will make the C2E2 festival their home base. Dress up like one and go! Other super-duper events happening this weekend include the opening of Wonderland, Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure at Chicago Children’s Theatre, the CircEsteem Family Circus at Alternatives, and an Arbor Day party at Morton Arboretum. Get the details on these and more below!



Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
Calling all superheroes and villains! Check out the Family HQ for hands-on workshops, interactive activities, arts & crafts and more. Learn to play quidditch and use your light saber, create your own comic strip, and show off your amazing costume. Sunday is Kids Day and features even more family-friendly activities including a costume parade for your littlest Jedi, Iron Man and more. Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at McCormick Place. $35/person; $5/kid on Sunday; 5 & under free. All ages. Event details.

Gold Coast

“Wonderland, Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure”
Chicago Children’s Theatre’s latest is a rip-roaring rhythmic journey. Young Alice goes on a search for her musical voice and faces challenges and fears along the way. In learning to believe in the impossible, Alice learns to believe in herself. The story is brought to life by a cast of actors/musicians who create an eclectic rock soundtrack ranging from classic rock to punk to ska to Bollywood. Wed.-May 24 at Ruth Page Center for the Arts. $28/child; $38/adult. Ages 6 & up. Event details.


CircEsteem Spring Circus
Step right up to Chicago’s premiere youth circus and it’s annual spring bonanza. Performers as young as three years old will put on a spectacular show with clowns, acrobats and plenty of thrills. Sat., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. $8/child; $16/adult or 2 adults + 1 child at Alternatives, Inc. All ages. Event details.

Lincoln Square

Playdate at Old Town School: Storytelling & West African Dance
It’s National Dance Week! Celebrate with stories and West African dancing. Join Idy Ciss and Mary Peterson for Senegalese stories, dancing, playing a djembe (an African drum), a folktale, a song and more. Sat., 10 a.m. at Old Town School of Folk Music. $6/person. All ages. Event details.


Little Miss Ann Concert
Watch the local starlet’s energetic and interactive performance as she and her band celebrate a decade’s worth of kids’ music from her four CDs. You’ll be wrapped in a world of indie, bluegrass, world, rock originals and covers. Sat., 3-4:30 p.m. at Fizz Bar & Grill. $6 in advance; $8 at the door. All ages. Event details.


Arbor Day Celebration at Morton Arboretum 
Dress up like a tree and get in free. Enter the Tree-riffic Kids’ Costume Contest, listen to the story of “Curious George Plants a Tree,” and help Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat plant a tree before heading out on a tree hunt. Fri., 7 a.m.-sunset. $14/adult; $12/senior; $9/children 2-17 (free for kids dressed as trees). All ages. Event details.


Earth Day Celebration at Emily Oaks Nature Center
Music, games and family activities along the Earth Day picnic trail will provide a look at where our food comes from, how it is grown and processed, and how our choices affect the planet. Plenty of earth-friendly goodies will be available for sale and for sampling. Sun., noon-4 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

Merrillville, Indiana

Sesame Street Live’s “Let’s Dance!”
Put your dancing shoes on and come out for a theatrical dance party. Elmo uses his imagination to “Do the Robot,” Cookie teaches all ‘feets’ to dance, Abby leads a rhyming game, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favorite “Shake Your Head One Time.” Thurs. & Fri., 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. $20-$37/ticket. All ages. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Tell us in the Comments!

— Kelly Aiglon & Marian Mangoubi

photo: Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo