If you love adventure, this weekend is for you. A ballet version of “Aladdin” is soaring into town, flying carpets included. You can also taste the bounty of maple syrup tapping season at a family festival, nose around two big flower shows and see the new big exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. All aboard — it’s going to be a wild ride.
Houston Ballet’s “Aladdin”
If a magic carpet ride sounds fun to you, check out the next-best thing. The tale of love, trickery and triumph follows a marketplace boy who becomes part of a whirlwind journey once he brushes a magic lamp. Originally created for the New National Ballet of Japan in Tokyo, the production has colorful sights and sounds for all ages. Held Sat., 8 p.m. & Sun., 2 p.m. Auditorium Theatre. $32-$92. Event details.
Macy’s Flower Show Kids Events
Take your little sprout to see the pretty blooms and enjoy family fun. “Speed chalk artist” Shaun Hays will create a 3D illusion over the course of the show. On March 23, the Ruth Page youth company performs. And from March 29-April 5, Family Fun Days offer face painting, crafting, demos from Brookfield Zoo crew experts, DIY mini-garden workshops and more. Held Sun.-April 6. Macy’s on State Street. Free. All ages. Event details.
North Park Village Nature Center’s Maple Syrup Festival
Have a sweet time as you walk through the sugar bush. You’ll taste maple syrup, enjoy storytelling, make a maple-themed craft and cozy up to a fire. As if that wasn’t fun and “yum” enough, there are pancakes available for purchase. Held Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 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. Runs Thurs.-Sept 1. Museum of Science and Industry. Included in the Museum Explorer entrance package. All ages. Event details.
Lauren Hubert Concert
Put on your dancing shoes and get moving to a free concert with musician Lauren Hubert. Not only will you hear great music, but you’ll also get 10% off your in-store purchase for attending this free event. Held Sun., 1 p.m. Land of Nod at North & Clybourn. Free. All ages. Event details.
Stiles & Drewes “The 3 Little Pigs” Musical
Huff, puff and blow all you want: There’s no bringing down the excitement over this new Emerald City Theatre show. This is the American premiere of the new musical by Olivier Award-winning George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and it includes Broadway-style songs written for an old story time favorite. Held thru May 17. Apollo Theater. $10-$16. Ages 3-10. Event details.
Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Flowers in March? Yes! There are thousands of them at this annual event. While the colorful sights, sweet smells and fish-filled ponds are for all ages, little gardeners can really dig into the fun at the Kid’s Activity Garden. In addition to swings and a sandbox, they’ll enjoy craft projects, insect encounters, a Disney dance party and more. Held through Sun. Weekend admission, $19; weekday admission, $17 (save $2 on these when you buy online). Children ages 4-12 are $5. All ages. Event details.
Open Gym at the JCC
Cut loose every Sunday in a fun, safe indoor play space designed for little hands, feet and bodies. There are plenty of padded areas to explore, plus slides, tricycles, climbing structures and more. Held every Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Lakeview, Florence G. Heller JCC. $10 per family. All ages. Event details.
Drop-Off Pajama Party
It’s a jammy jam! Get out for date night and drop the kids off at the new location of the Music House music school. They’ll have a blast doing an art project, dancing, watching a movie and eating pizza in their PJs. Held Sat., 6-9 p.m. $25/family. Ages 4 & up. 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: Houston Ballet’s “Aladdin”