Look who’s ready to party: Mickey and the gang are back in town, and they’re breaking out balloons and birthday cake with an all-new Disney on Ice. You can also whoop it up at world premiere musicals by Chicago Children’s Theatre and Emerald City Theatre, meet sled dogs, ice skate in Hyde Park and more. Read on and have fun.
Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!
Your favorite Disney friends whirl around the rink at this mashup of favorite holidays and celebrations from around the world. Songs and costumes are part of the world tour that includes stops in Brazil for a Carnival parade, Hawaii for a luau with Lilo and Stitch, and Japan for the Sakura cherry blossom festival. Held thru Sun. at Allstate Arena, after which the show goes to the United Center from Jan. 29-Feb. 9. Tickets start at $18. All ages Event details.
Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money
This world premiere musical by Chicago Children’s Theatre sweeps you into the misadventures of a 10-year-old “spy” that plots to save Flint, Michigan, from financial ruin. As the action plays out, a live band lights up the room with contemporary African-American music through the decades, including Motown, disco, rap, rock, soul, jazz and hip hop. Held thru Mar. 2. Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $25. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
Beat Kitchen Concerts for Kids Winter Fest
Go for the live music — and lots more. Kindie rock darling Lindsay & The Shimmies play, Nili Yelin (aka: The Storybook Mom) spins yarns and Mary Macaroni entertains. Also playing a live gig are the Young Stracke All-Stars, music students ages 9-12. Held Sun., 11 a.m. Beat Kitchen. $8. All ages. Event details.
BCBrunch: Chicago Mom Secrets Revealed
Learn to navigate parenting in Chicago like a ninja with Bump Club Chicago. You’ll hear from moms from local blogs and websites (including Red Tricycle Chicago!), who will share secrets about making it through winter with the best free events, programs, classes, restaurants, transportation tips and more. Breakfast is served before the panel, and there will be gift bags and giveaways. Held Sun., 10 a.m.-noon. Bubbles Academy. $30 for one person; $50 per couple. Event details.
Date Night at Little Beans Cafe
Try a whole new adventure in babysitting and drop your little ones off with Little Beans Café Camp staff for the night. Kids enjoy play, pizza and a movie while you can go out and set the night on fire. Held Fri., 5-8 p.m. $25 first child; $15 siblings (includes dinner). All ages. Event details.
Ice Skating at Midway Plaisance
This park was one of the main amusement drags of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 (it was the site of world’s first Ferris wheel). It’s still an inspirational spot where you can soak up views of the University of Chicago’s beautiful Gothic-style buildings. The huge rink offers ice skating lessons, as well as “rat” (pickup) hockey games for kids and adults. Held daily thru Feb. 23. Adults, $3; children skate free. Skate rental is $6. All ages. Event details.
Husky Heroes Sled Dog Event
Be a musher for a day at Morton Arboretum. You’ll see Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring and speed demonstrations. Visit with a sled team, inspect the equipment and have your photo taken with the rig. You’ll also watch a free film and learn about the role of huskies in Alaskan history. Held Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Included in general Arboretum admission. All ages. Event details.
Which of these events will you hit first? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Disney on Ice