Hold up. . . . let us catch our breath. We’re feeling a little lightheaded thinking about the whirlwind weekend we planned for you. So many festivals that make things cool for kids, fireworks at the Pier, an exhibit of Trolls playing a bit of hide-and-seek. There’s more, but we’ll let you do the reading and planning while we nap. Get out there and make it a good one, Chicago!

photo: LatiNxt via Mario Ruben

IN THE CITY

Bucktown

Attend the Webster Kids Block Party
Little Beans Cafe & Bubbles Academy are excited to bring back the Webster Kids Corridor Block Party for its third year! Guests are in for an afternoon of live music, demo classes, bounce houses, storytime, kids’ activity tables from favorite local partners, food and drinks for purchase, and block party fun! Sat. Event details

Lincoln Park

New! Strike a Pose the Bixbee Imagination Station
The Bixbee Imagination Station is an experiential popup and retail shop featuring an immersive, interactive experience for kids and the kid in you. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Near South Side

Watch a Dragon Boat Race for Literacy
3-2-1 *Pop*! The dragon boats are off! Watch teams race across the Chicago River in the Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy at Ping Tom Memorial Park.  Sat. Event details

Soldier Field

Let Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA Steal Your Breath
Cirque du Soleil is back, this time presenting VOLTA, a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Various Locations

Make Music 2019
The International Music Foundation is proud to present Make Music Chicago, a free, citywide, DIY celebration of the musician in us all. Fri. Event details

West Town

Have Story Time with Drag Queens
Make storytime lots of fun with Muffy Fishbasket and her Good Time Gals, reading some of their favorite children’s stories. Sun. Event details

THE ‘BURBS

Brookfield

Enjoy Summer Nights at Brookfield Zoo
See Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather at Summer Nights.  Families are treated to roaming entertainers, live music on the kid’s stage, close-up animal encounters and a laser light show, all surrounded by the intrigues of the zoo. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Glencoe

Lisle

Go Troll Hunting at Morton Arboretum
Something special emerged from the woods, meadows and vast open spaces at The Morton Arboretum. . . unusual creatures, each made of reclaimed wood and measuring 15- to 20-feet-tall. Enjoy these guardians of the forest, who are trying to make sense of the human world and make us think about our impacts on the planet. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

See How Nature Connects at Morton Arboretum
Enjoy a day built on fun at Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney, who’s a “professional kid” and the first-ever LEGO Certified Professional. LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will be dazzled as they search for 15 larger-than-life, nature-inspired sculptures throughout The Morton Arboretum. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Schaumburg

Report for Duty at LEGOLAND Discovery
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago invites families to their LEGO® City: Report for Duty event. Activities include building your own LEGO police badge, building a super rescue vehicle, filming your own epic adventure scene, character meet-and-greets, and a viewing of the brand new LEGO® City 4D Movie: Officer in Pursuit. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Yorkville

Catch a Reptile Show at Raging Waves
The Chicago Herpetological Society is visiting Raging Waves, Illinois largest waterpark! Immerse yourself in this interactive show complete with snakes, turtles, and other wild reptiles—and, of course, waterpark shenanigans! Sat. Event details

— Maria Chambers

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