Things To Do This Weekend April 12-14

Talk about adventures—there are millions of bubbles, races to be run, eggs to be found and performances to enjoy. Ready, set, go!

Get ready for some fun, a run, and adventures with these top things to do this weekend April 12-14! #LetsGoLakeCounty.

1. “Footloose” returns to Marriott Theatre

Get your spirits soaring and feet more than tapping with the return of the musical, “Footloose.” Based on the hit film and loosely on the true story of Elmore City, Oklahoma, come follow Chicago-teenage transplant, Ren, into a town that banned dancing for 90 years. This new-to-small town rebel wins over hearts (and feet), as he takes on influential Reverend Moore to bring back the art of rhythmic moving. With grit, great storytelling and dancing, the Tony Award-winning act is known for top-10 scores like “Almost Paradise,” “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” “Holding Out for a Hero” and of course, “Footloose.” The musical runs through June 2.

Friday-Sunday, April 12-14; Fri: 8 p.m., Sat.: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun.: 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets $50-$60. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

2. Jon Anderson of Yes and The Underwater Bubble Show at Genesee Theatre

Get set for a full arsenal of hits when Jon Anderson of YES takes to the Genesee stage. Anderson, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-inductee and lead singer of this progressive band and one of rock’s groundbreaking supergroups, will delight fans and critics alike. Known for pushing the boundaries of rock, he’ll please fans with his collaboration with Vangelis and music from his solo career including the recently released album, “1000 Hands: Chapter One.”

Shift gears for a Saturday at the Waukegan theatre with your youngsters as it’s literally millions of the water-based spheres at “The Underwater Bubble Show.” This family-friendly show is a delightful, modern fairytale with amazing acrobats, jugglers, mimes, contortionists and bubbles. Transport to the colorful and happy place called Bubblandia, where the kiddies can daydream and marvel at the stunning imagery and acrobatic performance. This touring production featuring sea creatures in an underwater world is inspired by Cirque du Soleil

Friday-Saturday, April 12-13; Fri.: 8 p.m., Sat.: 6:30 p.m. Jon Anderson Tickets: $38-$63. Underwater Bubble Show Tickets: $26.50-$37.50. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.

3. New: “Bunny Rock” 5K/Egg Hunt comes to Hawthorn Mall

Come rock and run with the bunny, search for colorful eggs, at Hawthorn Mall’s new “Bunny Rock Hawthorn 5K Run and Egg Hunt.” This festive race is sure to bring lots of eggs-citement with 80s rock music, “bunny” swag, a petting zoo, photos with the Easter Bunny, an after party and more. Participants receive bunny ears, sunglasses, a dry-fit unisex T-shirt, a finisher medal and a basket to collect eggs. The egg hunt is for children ages 2-10.

Saturday, April 13; Race Day Packet Pickup: 7 a.m. 5K: 8:30 a.m. Egg Hunt: 8:30 a.m. Registration: $10-$40. Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills.

4. Improv Playhouse Theater in Libertyville presents “The Gathering”


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Libertyville’s Improv Playhouse presents “The Gathering,” a compelling and contemporized version of The Last Supper derived from Bible stories ogf the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The story connects the 12 disciples’ reflections of their experiences with Jesus Christ. The dramedy unfolds as they compete for attention and status within the group. Audiences find this a relatable and impactful drama experience of the Christian faith-based journey.

Sunday, April 14; 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $5-$20. Cash only at the door. Other dates (8 p.m.): April 18, 19 and 20. The  Improv Playhouse Theater, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

5. Unearth Science Festival & Science After Hours at Chicago Botanic Garden


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If you are looking for something super fun (and educational!) to do tomorrow (Sunday)- go to the @chicagobotanic garden for their Unearth Science Festival! It is really worth the time. My daughter is 5, and was really interested in the hands on nature of this festival, and kids of all ages (grown ups, too!) will walk away having learned something! The whole thing had a very “science fair” vibe to it, and was very accessible for a wide variety of ages and abilities. We learned all about DNA, water and surface tension, seeds, carbon, pollinators, and much more! Entrance is free (parking is free for members, but there is a parking charge if you are not- but maybe you should just get that membership now to be ready for the summer). Plus, we got to drop in on Spike the Corpse Flower #CBGSpike Next weekend is the Spring Japanese festival!!! We can’t wait! #botanicgarden #chicagobotanicgarden #unearthscience #stemsneedflowers #science #kidsscience #familyfun #explore #getoutdoors #kidsscience #iloveplants #plantscience

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Get ready to explore! All ages can expand their knowledge of the unique physical and natural world at the Chicago Botanic Garden “Unearth Science Festival.” The fest highlights an array of themes and activities including the pollination process, a native bee habitat, exploring the galaxy with a planetarium expert, workshops, a film screening and a climate change update from WGN-TV Chicago Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling. Most of the events are free, but workshops may require a fee. Adults have a chance to be a kid and “geek” out at “Science After Hours” on Friday. The Friday grown-kiddie event features many of the activities in the kids’ two-day fest, but the adults can sip on libation and eats that are available for purchase.

Friday-Sunday, April 12-14; Science After Hours: Fri., 6-9 p.m. Unearth Science Festival: Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. After Hours Admission: $8-$12. Festival: Free-$10. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.


Now, that’s sure a lot of great things, no foolin’!
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