April showers bring … rainbows. You’ll find one on stage when “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” a play based on Eric Carle’s ginormously popular book, slithers into town this weekend. Colorful fun also waits at a family dance party in Lincoln Park, musical jam in Hyde Park, and sweeping new staging of “The Sound of Music” at Lyric Opera. Our forecast: Sunny, with a strong chance of smiles.



“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
If you love the book, you’ll flip out for this play, brought here by the acclaimed Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, in collaboration with Chicago Children’s Theatre. It features innovative puppetry, music and black-light visual effects that appeal to young eyes. Held Fri. & Sat. at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (it will then move on to the Ruth Page Theater in the Gold Coast). Tickets start at $20. Ages 2 & up. Event details.

Earth Day at Emily Oaks Nature Center
Skokie’s peaceful oasis beckons you to its annual bash. This year’s theme is Block Party and you’re charged with meeting all of the plants and animals in the “neighborhood.” Educators will be on hand and so is healthy food for purchase.  Held Sun., noon-4 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Baby Loves Disco
Shake it like you mean it to songs from a live DJ. This family dance party has tons of frills: Get your face painted, make a craft, grab a tattoo and more. For all the non-driving moms and dads, there’s a cash bar, along with snacks and juice boxes for all. Sun., 1:30-4 p.m. Lincoln Hall. $15 per walking human or $55 for a family of 4. All ages. Event details.

Hyde Park

Earth Day Fam Jam at Marsha’s Music
Get your feet moving in a salute to spring and this big, green planet we live on. You’ll enjoy family music-making, crafts and refreshments. Sat., 4-5:30 p.m. $10/family in advance; $15/family at the door. All ages. Event details. 

South Loop

Babies, Tots n’ More Consignment Sale
It’s back! Comb the racks of the mega consignment sale for gently used children’s clothing and gear at prices you won’t think twice about. Goods are available for newborns all the way to teens, and maternity wear is also up for grabs. Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Daystar School. Free. $15. Event details.

Portage Park

Fairy Tale Ball
Once upon a time you went to a family dance … and had a blast! That’s the story that will play out if you attend Chicago Kids Company’s even. Come dressed as your favorite character and meet Cinderella, Snow White and more. Admission includes lunch, arts and crafts, face painting, games, a live theater performance and a dance party onstage. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Stahl Family Theater. Babydreams. $15/advance; $20/at the door. Ages 2 & up. Event details.

North Side

Green Metropolis Fair
Go for the eco-friendly things to do, see and talk about — there are 100-plus sustainable, free trade and organic exhibitors; plus family-friendly activities and entertainment. Enjoy the outside barnyard petting zoo, Mikey’s Big Shopping Adventure puppet show and marketplace with fair trade offerings from around the world.  Held Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Irish American Heritage Center. Free. All ages. Event details.

Oak Brook

“Sleeping Beauty”
Follow the action in this magical theatrical retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale. You’ll be plunged into a faraway kingdom, where vengeful sorceress Magenta casts a curse on the Princess. Sleeping Beauty’s spell can only be broken by her true love’s first kiss before time runs out. Runs Wed.-June 7. Drury Lane. $15. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below!

— Kelly Aiglon

Photo: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”