Whoosh! That’s the sound of your time machine as you travel back to the prehistoric period. This weekend, say “hello” to the dinosaurs that have tromped their way to Broadway Playhouse. If modern-day fun is more your speed, hear Justin Roberts play Old Town School of Folk Music, see baby chicks being born in Glenview, hunt for colored eggs in Olympia Park and more. It’s all dino-mite.
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live!
My, what big jaws they have. This theatrical production is staged with large-scale puppets and a T-rex and other ancient creatures come to life before your eyes. You’ll feel whisked back to pre-historic Australia when you encounter a horde of insects, mammals and dinos. Held Tues.-Sun. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. $28-$38. All ages. 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. 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 thru April 6. Macy’s on State Street. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Machine Inside: Biomechanics Exhibit
See how plants and animals survive despite the forces of gravity, the pressure of water and wind, and the attacks of predators. The exhibit is full of hands-on fun. Feel how hard a giraffe’s heart works to pump blood up to its head. And try to “fly” and study the different ways creatures jump, gallop, slither and swim. Held thru Jan. 4, 2015. The Field Museum. $13-$31 for museum passes. All ages. Event details.
Ultimate BCBirthday Bash
Bump Club is celebrating its 4th birthday (happy, happy!) and you can join the fun. Breakfast and lunch is included, plus a ton of snacks and cake. Live music, activities and entertainment will keep you and your family busy all morning. Everyone goes home with one of Bump Club’s famous goodie bags. Held Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Lincoln Hall. $30/single ticket (includes one adult & one baby/child); $50 family ticket. Ages 0-4. Event details.
Eggstravaganza at Olympia
Hunting for Easter eggs is so much fun that the Chicago Park District is already on the ball. The event will be broken out into three sessions: 9-10 a.m., 10-11 a.m. & 11 a.m.-noon. You’ll have a blast with an egg hunt, inflatable, craft project, face painting, goodie bag and more. Held Fri. Olympia Park. Free. Ages 1-5. Event details.
Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players
Grammy-nominated kindie music all-star Justin Roberts sways grownups and little ones alike with his upbeat songs that bridge pop, rock and folk. This is your chance to hear him a rock-concert-style venue, where he will be joined by a full horn section, plus special guests Robbie Fulks and Nora O’Connor. Held Sun., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Old Town School of Folk Music. $15. All ages. Event details.
Eggs to Chicks Exhibit
The cute factor is high at this one. Gain an understanding of the life cycles of the rare Black Java and White Java chickens as they hatch and grow in a special child-height egg incubator, hatchery unit and pen. Held through June 16. Kohl Children’s Museum. Included in museum admission of $11; those under 12 months are free. All ages. Event details.
Earth Hour Party
There are no lights — just nonstop family fun. Go for the games in the dark, storytelling, yoga by candlelight, drum circle, art projects and star-viewing through telescopes provided by the Fox Valley Astronomical Society. Held Sat., 7-9:30 p.m. Batavia Park District. Free. All ages. Event details.
It’s the last weekend of March! What you up to? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live!