There’s no such thing as too much fun, and this weekend is proof of that. We’re showing you where to kick off the fall fest season, soar with Aladdin and giving you a tip on a safe bet for big smiles with the grandparents  – Sunday is National Grandparents Day, after all! Read on and start planning!

photo: Aladdin



Let the Kids Have a Night Out with Dinner & a Show
Everyone deserves a fun night out every once in a while – even the kiddos! Drop the kids off for dinner and a movie at The Kids’ Table. Kids get to make their own dinner and watch a movie while you . . . well, do whatever you want! Sat. Event details.

Logan Square

Get in the Football Spirit at the 2017 Chicago Bears Block Party
Kick off the football season at the 2017 Miller Lite Chicago Bears Block Party. Listen to live music, enjoy tailgate-style food, cold drinks, games, giveaways, prizes and more. This will go down as the most epic tailgate in the NFL! Sat. Event details.


Last Chance to Soar with Aladdin!
Over 3 million people have seen Broadway’s Aladdin worldwide, and now it’s your turn to take that magic carpet ride! For just one more weekend in Chicago, this thrilling production is filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp + three wishes make the possibilities infinite! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

McKinley Park

Run Off and Join the Circus . . . In the Parks!
Chicago’s offbeat and totally entertaining circus takes its act on the road, performing in parks in all corners of the city  — this week’s venue is McKinley Park. The troupe does high-wire acts, juggling, clowning and acrobatics. It’s all for a good cause: The tour raises money to improve public parks and playgrounds. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

North Center

Enjoy a Fall Fest at Childrens Lighthouse
Childrens Lighthouse is welcoming back the school year with their 3rd Annual Fall Fest. Take the family for fall-themed games, face painting and delicious snacks. To top it off, Miss Jamie will the there to put on a show and Super Soccer Stars will be running classes. Sat. Event details.


Spend a Family Sunday with the Sox
The White Sox ballpark experience for kids will feature special kid-focused activities throughout the concourse and the opportunity to run the bases after games. Play ball! Sun. Event details.

Wicker Park

Get Music-Cool with the Mr. Dave Baby Rave
Mr. Dave, DJ Matt ROAN and Magical Myster AJ join forces again to bring you the most epic kid friendly dance party in Chicago! Join in for 90-minutes of live action, featuring the beats of DJ Matt ROAN, the tricks of Magical Myster AJ and the tunes of Mr. Dave. Complete with a light show, glow sticks, balloons and adult beverages, this action packed show will not disappoint.Sat. Event details.

Get Your Hands Dirty at a Grandparents Day Brunch
Grandparents and kids get to work side-by-side to make a delicious brunch of Fried Egg, Squash & Pecorino Toast, Mixed Greens & Pear Streusel Coffee Cake, and then enjoy it together! It’s the perfect combo of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a delicious meal and recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home. Sun. Event details.


For other ideas on how to spend Grandparents Day, read our story: Put the Grand into Grandparents Day!



Get Creative at Nature Nights: Colors from Nature
Pack a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the garden. Along with enjoying a tram ride and s’mores around the campfire, learn how to make natural dyes from plant materials, just the way Native Americans and early settlers did. As a bonus, you’ll take home a plant that has traditionally been used to make dye. Sat. Event details.


Opening Weekend: Keep Going Back for This Fall-Long Fest
Take a little drive for more than 25 family friendly attractions at the Shades of Autumn Festival. Of course you have the traditional hayrides, pumpkin picking and petting zoo. But, the little ones are also going to be wowed by the famous pumpkin cannon, hamster track, semi-truck slide, trikes for tikes, scrumptious apple cider donuts and so much more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Grand Opening Event: Goldfish Swim School
Celebrate the opening of a brand new Goldfish Swim School with a family swim, facility tours, raffles, bounce houses, face painting, arts & crafts, snacks and more! Sat. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar. Oh, and don’t think fun is just reserved for the weekends. Read our story Get-Me-to-the-Weekend Countdown: Weedkay Summer Fun for our recommendations on making your Monday-Thursday just as glorious.

We’d love for you to get chatty about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers