This weekend is a feast for the eyes. After all, Cirque du Soleil is in town with amazing acrobatics, visual stunts and performance art that’s so fantastical. Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling in for Day Out With Thomas, the Chicago Air & Water Show sends daredevils zooming overhead, LEGOs pile up at Morton Arboretum and more. Seeing is believing, kids!
Cirque du Soleil presents KURIOS-Cabinet of Curiosities
Performed under the iconic blue and yellow Big Top this is a tale in which time comes to a halting stop, transporting audiences inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. Let your imaginations soar as The Seeker, a time machine wielding scientist, defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent the world around him with steampunk elements featuring characters from another dimension. Held thru Sept. 20 in the parking lot of the United Center. Tickets start at $35. All ages. Event details.
Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour
Little engineers are invited to celebrate with Thomas and his bestie Percy when they roll into Illinois Railway Museum. Take a ride with Thomas and Percy, meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy a day of themed activities including arts and crafts, storytelling and more. Held Sat. & Sun & Aug. 23 & 24 at Illinois Railway Museum. Tickets start at $10. All ages. Event details.
Chicago Air & Water Show
Watch as daredevils rev up their engines and take to the sky with a howlin’ roar. See them twist and turn at lightning speed as they zoom across the sky. And see the amazing feats on the water. Held Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. along the lakefront, from Fullerton Parkway to Oak Street Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.
Millennium Park Family Fun Fest
Yay! It’s back for a summer of interactive activities, sing-a-longs and circle dances from Old Town School of Folk, delightful story times, and arts and crafts for kids of all ages. There is new entertainment daily — so return often. Held thru Aug. 23 (10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily) at Chase Promenade North. Free. All ages. Event details.
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Musical
Venture under the sea with spunky Ariel and her saltwater-loving friends on an adventure to find true love with the handsome Prince Eric. Based on the full-length Broadway musical, this 75-minute production features special opportunities for audiences to interact with the actors for photos and chit-chat. Held thru Aug. 16 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. $34/adult; $22/ages 12 & under. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
Super Stolie Concert
Get the whole family bouncing along in a show that will inspire children to embrace their uniqueness through singing, dancing, art-making and doing the Rockstar Jump. Spread out your blankets and kick back in the Cantigny bandshell. Held Sun., noon. Free admission (parking $5). All ages. Event details.
Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney
LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will be dazzled as they search for 13 larger-than-life, nature-inspired LEGO sculptures throughout the east side of Morton Arboretum. See if your kid’s little eyes can spy a 7-foot tall regal peacock, a grandfather and grandchild gardening, a giant corn spider, a hummingbird sipping nectar from a colorful trumpet flower, an 8-foot dragonfly and more! Held thru Nov. 1. $14/adults (18–64); $12/seniors; $9/child (2–17); children 1 & under free. All ages. Event details.
Pirate Adventure Island at LEGOLAND Discovery Center
All hands on deck! Be among the first lads and lassies to experience this new attraction. Dress in your best pirate attire and set sail on an seafaring adventure for hidden treasure. Discover hidden sea creatures, spar in a pirate battle or walk the plank. Held all summer long. $18/person. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Tell us in the comments!
— Kelly Aiglon & Maria Chambers
Photo: Cirque du Soleil presents KURIOS-Cabinet of Curiosities / Martin Girard