It’s Mother’s Day Weekend. Celebrate! Start by catching a live show by Iocal kindie rocker Istvan & His Imaginary Band. Chuggington Live is in town, for all of you with little ones. And the bigger, imaginative sort will flip for the Chicago Humanities Festival and its kid-friendly performances. There’s more where that came from, so enjoy every minute, mom!



Istvan & His Imaginary Band play Lilac Fest
Get ready for songs that will stay in your head for days — in the best possible way. Istvan & His Imaginary Band have a retro sound that still feels current. The songs range from pop to punk to country, and will get you in the spirit of Lombard’s peppy spring festival. Sat., 3 p.m. at Lilacia Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Chicago Humanities Festival’s “Stages, Sights & Sounds”
The 16th annual international performance festival for young audiences has 40 awesome programs. See productions from two international theater companies and a local favorite: The Secret Life of Suitcases by Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker (Scotland), Ondin by L’Illusion, Théâtre de marionettes (Canada), and The American Revolution by Chicago’s Theater Unspeakable. Thurs.-May 20 at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater. $7/child; $14/adult. Ages 6 & up. Event details.

South Loop

Mother’s Day Playdate at Sod Room
Rock out to a live music jam session with Tunes with Tim! Sing classic nursery rhymes, the Beatles, and everything in between. Wear your dancing shoes so you can move and groove with your kids out on the dance floor. Sat., 9-11:30 a.m. $25/one adult & one child, $15/extra child, $6/extra adult. Ages 6 & under. 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. Thru May 24 at Ruth Page Center for the Arts. $28/child; $38/adult. Ages 6 & up. Event details.


MCA Family Day
Stretch your imagination and ideas as you tinker with a variety of materials at this free family event. Take things apart and put them back together in the same or new and different ways. Test out your ideas and improvise on ways to improve them using new materials. See what art you can create! Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Free. All ages. Event details.


Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure
Join Wilson, Koko and Brewster on the most train-tastic day ever in this musical. The trainees have started their Advanced Training, and are now eager to impress their mentors by mastering new roles that test their courage, speed, and determination. When Koko finds herself in trouble at Rocky Ridge Mine, it’s up to her friends to help her. Sat., 1 & 4 p.m. at Rosemont Theater. $18.50-$45. Ages 5 & under. Event details.

Oak Park

Curious George Story Time & Visit
One of America’s most lovable monkeys, Curious George, is venturing out to Magic Treee bookstore in Oak Park for a visit. Take the kids to see him and monkey around. While there, get your picture taken with the friendly fellow and hear his tales of adventures. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

How are you celebrating the weekend? Tell us in the Comments!

— Kelly Aiglon & Marian Mangoubi

photo: Istvan & His Imaginary Band