What does courage sound like? Which instrument is the most heroic? What epic qualities do the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra all share? Find out the answers to these questions at Symphonic Superheroes, a musical exploration of the bold offerings of composers like Beethoven, Copland and Tchaikovsky. This Family Matinee performance includes preconcert activities so your kids can meet some of the unsung heroes of the CSO—and try out their “gadgets,” aka instruments. BYO capes. $6-$57. 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Nov. 5.
Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. (312) 294-3000.
We’ve heard of butterfly kisses, but sea lion kisses? They’re just one of the things you can try at Aquatic Experience – Chicago, a marine show that will have your family flipping their fins with glee. The show, in its fourth year, brings together fish from around the world, piranhas and a touch tank stocked with sharks and starfish, not to mention Sea Lion Splash, a very up-close experience with the adorable whiskered beasts. Go ahead, pucker up! (Dibs on the one who sounds like Idris Elba.) $10; $25 family. Noon-6 p.m. Nov. 4; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 5; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 6.
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg.
The storied Auditorium Theatre has been part of the Chicago landscape for more than 125 years—and has its fair share of stories to tell. Get a glimpse behind-the-scenes of this legendary landmark at Family Fun Day, a free opportunity to learn how the magic really happens. Kids get photos taken on the stage, take dance classes from the equally renowned Joffrey Ballet, go on a scavenger hunt through the theater, and enjoy games, crafts and tours galore. It will be legen—wait for it—dary. Free. 1-5 p.m. Nov. 13.
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. (312) 922-2110.