Now that school’s back in, you should make the weekend a real recess. Kick up your heels at a dance open house, party in Little Village and send summer packing at a luau. Read on and discover all of our must-do’s in the city and suburbs.

Hubbard Street Dance Youth Movement

West Loop

Hubbard Street Dance Youth Open House
Dabble in dance, all day long. The Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Youth Program offers 21 trial classes (30 minutes each) free of charge to allow children, parents and caregivers the opportunity to meet faculty, ask questions and determine which program offerings are right for them. Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Hubbard Street Dance Center. Free. Ages 18 months-16 years. Event details.

Little Village

Little Village Festival
There’s big excitement in Chicago’s Little Village this weekend. The 24th-annual community cultural event celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule, and highlights include food, arts and crafts, music, carnival rides and kids’ entertainment. On Sunday, the festival is the end location of the 26th Street Parade, one of the largest celebrations of Hispanic culture in the U.S. Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 2-11 p.m. Held at Kostner Avenue & 26th Street. Free. All ages. Event details.

Downtown

Creatures of Light Exhibit
It’s the final weekend to explore the science behind light-producing creatures, from flickering fireflies to obscure fish. As you move through a series of immersive re-created environments, from a North American meadow to a cave in New Zealand, hands-on activities experiences make the lessons spring to life. Held through Sun. Field Museum. Tickets to the exhibit are included in both Discovery and All-Access passes to the museum ($16-$30). All ages. Event details.

Lakeview

Kids’ Work Back-to-School Bash & Mini Golf Tournament
Before you hit the books, hit the children’s learning center for some fun. The party features a family mini golf tournament (with prizes for those with the top scores), an ice cream truck with complimentary ice cream, a live concert by Little Miss Ann, and open play and activities for babies and toddlers. Sun., 3-5 p.m. Kids’ Work Too. $5 suggested donation for admission (benefits St. Jude Children’s Hospital). All ages. Event details.

Winnetka

Farewell to Summer Luau
Winnetka’s Tower Road Beach will open one last time this season so you can say “bye” to summer, luau style. Go swimming in the lake, eat food (a spread is provided) and listen to Dave Rudolph sing silly songs. The night caps off with a live luau dance and fire show. Sat., 4-7 p.m. $10/adults; $5/children (ages 4-18); children under 4 free. All ages. Event details.

Lisle

Honey Bee Weekend at Morton Arbortum
Buzz over to the western suburbs’ outdoor tree museum for bee-themed fun. Join the staff beekeeper and take a hive tour, learn how honey is made on the Family Honeybee Hike, and sample the goods. Then make a beeline for the Children’s Garden, where you can make masks and check out the hives. Thru Mon. Arboretum admission is $12/adults; $7/youth (ages 2-17); children under 2 free. All ages. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Kelly Aiglon
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Photo: Todd Rosenberg / Courtesy of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago