Da Bears are back — almost. This weekend marks Bears Family Day, your first look at the upcoming season. In addition to getting fired up for the guys in orange and blue, you can hustle to other family happenings around town, including a Wrigleyville festival, toddler painting workshop and “dive-in” movie theater (a flick screened in front of a pool). No matter which event you pick, we promise you’ll be a fan.
Bears Family Fest
Attend this throw-down and cheer for touchdowns. You’ll tour the stadium and see the Bears suit up for the first time for a practice. It’s also a chance to check out new Head Coach Mark Trestman. Go, team, go. Sat., 3:00 pm. Soldier Field. $8-$12. All ages. Event details.
Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder
Tumbling, balancing and juggling feats will have you roaring at this glam version of a circus. With the largest cast ever to visit from China, the show features acrobatics and contortion stunts on “The Chinese Flex Bar,” traditional Chinese “Dragon Drums,” daredevil motorcycle troupe “Imperial Thunder” and more. Shows Wed.-Sun. through Sept. 2. Navy Pier Skyline Stage. $20-$45. All ages. Event details.
This bash is a grand slam for any kid that loves to play the day away. The family area has inflatables, mini golf, arts and crafts, face painting and entertainment, including a show by Mad Science at noon on Saturday. Bands and food keep the grownups’ fists pumping. Held Sat., 12:00 pm-10:00 pm; Sun., 12:00 pm-9:00 pm. Entrance at Seminary Ave. & Roscoe St. $5 suggested donation for admission. All ages. Event details.
Toddler Painting Workshop
They might look like ordinary smudges, but those paint strokes your little Renoir is making might be the first signs of genius. Have fun with art at this engaging event, which provides a tactile introduction to art. Parents join in at their child’s side to explore mixing colors and using brushes. Sun., 9:00 am. One Strange Bird. $20 per parent/child pair. Ages 16-24 months. Event details.
Dive-In Theater at Mitchell Pool
Bring your raft, inner tube or noodle and watch a movie on a 18-foot-tall screen from the water. The pool’s concession stand will be open and popcorn is free, while supplies last. Hold the cannonballs until after the show, friends. Sat., 7:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
Theatre-Hikes Presents “James and the Giant Peach”
Walk through the pretty natural habitats of Morton Arboretum while watching Roald Dahl’s famous story come to life as a traveling play. You’ll stop at various scenic points to watch the action unfold. Delight as James, a boy who was always told he was worth nothing, achieves the impossible as he journeys with a giant peach. Held every Sat. & Sun. at 1:00 pm through Aug. 25. Adults: $12 members; $19 non-members. Children: $8 members; $13 non-members. Ages 6-12. Event details.
Which one of these events sounds like the most fun? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Chicago Bears