It’s Father’s Day weekend! Take your pick from a mega LEGO exposition, catch a movie in the park, take a stroll around Morton Arboretum to check out their latest temporary exhibit and more! What are you waiting for? Grab dad’s hand and head to one of these great family events around town.

photo: Brickworld



Back Lot Bash Baby & Family Day
One of the most highly anticipated events in the country geared toward lesbian pride, Back Lot Bash invites families to have their world musically rocked and enjoy activities and entertainment for even the littlest of guests. Watch the kids giggle their way through face painting, arts and crafts and puppet shows. Fri. Event details.

Grant Park

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter series. Be prepared to track down flying owls, Hagrid-like giants and dragons that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament. Sun. Event details

Navy Pier

Summer Fireworks at Navy Pier
Keep the kids up a tad later to experience the fireworks display synchronized to music at Navy Pier. Sat. Event details.

Celebrate Family Equality at Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum is giving families a chance to get in on June’s Gay Pride action! Kids can transform a thee-story staircase into a giant rainbow by adding colorful ribbons and write their ideas about family on the “What Makes a Family?” chalk wall. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

North Center

Hogwash: An Improvised Tall Tale
Fitting of its name, which means “nonsense”, the lack of structure of this improvised show makes it an absolute riot. Kids assist with costume and location selection, make props, build scenery and modify costumes as musicians let rip an improvised score and actors sing songs created on the spot. Sat. Event details.



Movies in the Park
Enjoy a movie under the stars during Movies in the Park’s showing of The Secret Life of Pets! Free popcorn and food truck vendors will be on site with treats to enjoy while you’re watching the flick or working on a family craft. Fri. Event details.


45th Annual Evanston Custer Fair
This festival is full of surprises at every turn . . . literally! In the past, there have been fire-eaters, comedy troupes and puppet shows throughout. Take the little ones for the kids’ area with balloon art, story telling, face painting and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Butterflies & Blooms
Fill your summer days with butterflies and blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden’s temporary exhibit where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of winged beauties and pretty petals. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Origami in the Garden
A stunning tower of white cranes ascending skyward. A glorious winged horse. A life boat suspended by bronze oars. The Morton Arboretum’s newest temporary exhibit, Origami in the Garden, is inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding and it’s reams of wholesome fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Oak Brook

Bimmers, BBQ & Bow Ties
Spoil dad with a BMW car show and test drive, bourbon and cigar-rolling education, live music and more while kids make bow tie and mustache cookies, dabble in arts and crafts, ride ponies, indulge in all you can eat ice cream and . . . the list goes on! Sun. Event details.


Brickworld Chicago 2017
Take the entire family for an afternoon of fun! See spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local enthusiasts and enjoy interactive activities, fighting robots, seek and finds and more! Buy your favorite LEGO sets, minifigures and LEGO accessories from various vendors. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.

Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers