Spring in Chicago is the time when outdoor festivals begin and spring musicals are in abundance.  It is also a great time for families to get out and attend fun, high energy events together in celebration of the warmer weather, clearer skies and the coming summer. Many wonderful family events take place in Chicago in spring. Here are the five of the best events to bring the family out to this spring in Chicago.

SkippyJon Jones In The Cirque De Ole (Photo by Johnny Knight)

SkippyJon Jones In The Cirque De Ole (Photo by Johnny Knight)

SkippyJon Jones In The Cirque De Ole
Apollo Theater
2540 North Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 529-2690
Dates: Through June 8, 2016

SkippyJon Jones is the main character of this performance and the hysterical feline from the very popular book series, SkippyJon Jones. SkippyJon Jones is loved by children for his silly antics, but he is also a favorite of adults for his humor that only adults may understand at times. This musical production, based on a circus world viewed through SkippyJon Jones’s imagination, lasts for approximately one hour. The high energy and fun antics that surround Skippy will be enjoyed by all your family members.

Cinderella After The Ball
Marriott Theatre
10 Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
(847) 634-0200
Dates: Through May 8, 2016

This musical tale shares the story of what happened to Cinderella after the ball. In this fairy tale re-telling, Cinderella and her best friends Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty go on a quest to save the kingdom. For those who like girl power and a classic fairy tale with a twist, they will especially enjoy this fun and humorous show. The high energy music will also be enjoyed by patrons of all ages.

(Photo Credit: broadwayinchicago.com)

(Photo Credit: broadwayinchicago.com)

Matilda The Musical
Oriental Theatre
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 977-1700
Dates: Through April 10, 2016

Matilda by Roald Dahl is a classic novel on which the movie and Matilda the Musical are based. Matilda is an exceptionally bright and rambunctious little girl with an incredible imagination. In the storyline, she changes her fate and stands up for what she believes in. This award winning musical will delight family members of all ages.

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Dia del Nino Health Walk & Family Festival
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 738-1503
Date: April 9, 2016

“Day of the Child” Health Walk and Family Festival promotes healthy lifestyles, and the festival is free. Kids and their families can enjoy art activities, entertainment, free health screenings, physical fitness and much more. The day will begin at the National Museum of Mexican Art, and a two mile walk will start at the museum and end at the UIC Forum, where the festival will take place.

Touch A Truck Family Festival
Fields BMW Northfield
700 Frontage Road
Northfield, IL 60093
(847) 832-6600
Date: May 1, 2016

Kids and adults can touch and explore large vehicles such as dump trucks, semis, tractors, emergency vehicles, tractors and much more. Food, treats and kiddie train rides are all offered at this day of fun, with proceeds benefitting the Kohl Children’s Museum. This annual event is enjoyed by family members of all ages.

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