Look at you, with so much to do. You can go to the show. You can go to the zoo. Oh, darn that Dr. Seuss — he makes us want to rhyme all the time. You too? Then you’re in luck because “The Cat in the Hat” is in town. This lively piece of family theater is as wonderfully wacky as you’d expect it to be. And there’s more to enjoy this weekend, from a sidewalk-chalk art contest to a Harry Potter-themed baseball game. Now get out there, if you dare. Don’t even wonder what to wear.
“The Cat in the Hat”
Every kiddo knows a thing about Dr. Seuss’ madcap classic. Now see it come to life on stage. In this adaptation from the National Theatre in London, young Sally and her brother play games and do mischief with The Cat, Thing One and Thing Two. The 35-minute show is followed by games with the big feline himself. Show times Sat. & Sun, 10:00 am; Tues. & Thurs., 10:30 am. Through Sept. 1. Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. $16-$22. Ages 3-10. Event details.
Kaleidoscope Family Festival
Flip your creative switch at this annual event featuring hands-on activities from some of the city’s best cultural institutions (The Art Institute, National Hellenic Museum, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Museum of Mexican Art, Lurie Garden). Tackle art projects, including nature flags and laurel wreaths, and make discoveries related to The Art Institute’s current exhibition, Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity. Sat., 10:30 am-3:00 pm. The Art Institute of Chicago. Free. All ages. Event details.
Taste of Lincoln Avenue
Go for the six blocks of food, music and art that are neither as sprawling nor as crowded as the Taste of Chicago. There is a Kids’ Carnival in the middle of the action that features arts and crafts, pony rides, puppets and a petting zoo. Sat. & Sun., 12:00 pm-10:00 pm (Kids’ Carnival open until 6:00 pm). Held on Lincoln Ave., between Fullerton Pkwy. & Wrightwood Ave. $10 suggested donation for admission. All ages. Event details.
Family Yoga with Live Music
Strike a pose to the sound of live music. And not just any live music. Famed children’s musician Justin Roberts plays guitar and sings as kids and grownups alike are led through inventive yoga poses. Sat., 5:30 pm. Bloom Yoga Studio. $30 for a pair of tickets; $10 for each additional adult or child. Ages 3 and up. Event details.
Sidewalk Art Contest
For the love of stick figures, head to this friendly competition. Stencils and sidewalk chalk are provided and kids can unleash their creativity outside the doors of The Red Balloon Co. May the best doodler win. Sat., 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
Schaumburg Boomers Harry Potter Night
No matter if you’re on Team Gryffindor or Team Ravenclaw, you’ll have a blast at Schaumburg Boomers stadium as it’s transformed to resemble Hogwarts. Cheer for the Boomers as they battle the Gateway Grizzlies and enjoy a Harry Potter-themed fireworks show, costume contest, scavenger hunt and more. Fri., 6:30 pm. $7 and up. All ages. Event details.
Bristol Renaissance Faire
Grab a sword and shout, “huzzah!” The full-on homage to Elizabethan England — complete with costumed characters, period music, jousting tournaments, acrobatic and comedy acts, rides, games and food — is back for another season. The outdoor village is set back from the highway near the Illinois/Wisconsin border. Enjoy the trip back in time. Held every Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am-7:00 pm through Sept. 1. $19.95 for adults; $9.50 for children; free for ages 4 and younger. All ages. Event details.
Which one of these events will your family go wild for? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Tom McGrath