Hey, check out the view! This weekend, the scenery is out of this world, thanks to Adler Plantarium’s new sky show that shoots you around solar system. For a different kind of journey, watch the Cirque Shanghai troupe kick into acrobatic gear, have a campfire cookout or watch Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade. It’s a holiday weekend and we know you’ll make the most of it.
Destination Solar System Sky Show
The year is 2096 and space tourism is available to everyone. Including you! Blast off at the Adler Planetarium’s newest show that has awesome domed visuals that make you feel like you’re launching into outer space. A live trained actor leads the way. Ongoing. Included in the Adler’s All Access Pass, available for purchase on-site: $29.95 for adults, $27.95 for seniors/students with ID & $24.95 for children (ages 3-11). All ages. Event details.
Stingray Touch Exhibit
Are they soft, fluffy or rough? Find out what a stingray feels like during a 15-minute touch session. Along with learning about different species (including cownose and yellow stingrays) and their wild habitats, you’ll see just how docile and friendly these ocean swimmers can be. Opens Friday & runs thru Sept. 1. Shedd Aquarium. Add-on $5/non-members; $3/members; included in Total Experience Pass (adult/$39.95; child ages 3-11/$30.95); free for children 0-2. All ages. Event details.
Cirque Shanghai: Warriors
Get ready for oohs and aahs. This spectacle of acrobats and stunts includes thrilling acts like The Kinetic Poles, the Water Meteor and the Pageant of Arms. If that’s not enough to get your blood pumping, returning from last year is the fate-tempting Wheel of Destiny and the steel-globe motorcycle troupe Imperial Thunder. Opens Wed. & runs thru Sept. 1. Navy Pier Skyline Stage. $15.50-$39.50. All ages. Event details.
Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade
Remember all the brave men and women who fought in the U.S. military while watching the wreath laying ceremony and parade. The parade also includes musical stylings from local high schools’ drum and bugle corps and veterans groups. Sat., 11 a.m. State Street, from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. Free. All ages. Event details.
Star Wars Kids’ Night Out
Drop off the kids for a night of art, pizza and a movie, play time and LEGO building. The theme is Jedis, Stormtroppers, Darth Vader and all things Star Wars! Fri., 5:45-8:30 p.m. The Paintbrush. $35/child (additional sibs $20). Ages 4-12. Event details.
Krazy Kabob or Coffee Can Cake, anyone? It’s time to get creative and culinary with this fun outdoor activity. Get immersed in a resourceful cooking experience with a three-course lunch prepared over a campfire. You and your kiddos will learn to use a variety of cooking techniques. Sat., 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Emily Oaks Nature Center. $10/nonresidents; $8 residents. All ages. Event details.
Rehm Pool Opening Day
Splish-splash your way to Oak Park for the annual opening of its community pool. From now through August 10, there is Family Open Swim daily from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Its lifeguarding staff won a safety award, so you know you’re in good hands. Opening day hours, 9:15 a.m.-6 p.m. Prices vary. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to for Memorial Day? Let us know in the Comments section below!
— Kelly Aiglon & Natasha Davis
Photo: Adler Planetarium