Rest up for the weekend because we’re packing it full of fabulous. Kites are flying high at Chicago Botanic Garden, the fun goes old school in Roscoe Village and the Chicago Bears want to spend a day with you. Read on and make your three-day bucket list.

photo: Chicago Botanic Kite Festival




Learn the Science Behind the Chicago Air & Water Show
Impress and astound your friends at this year’s Chicago Air and Water Show with a deeper understanding of how airplanes work. In this hands-on workshop kids will explore the dynamics of flight and build their own model gliders and rockets. Sat. Event details.


Schedule a Kids Nite Out: Cook, Eat & Craft
Everyone deserves a fun night out every once in a while – even the kiddos! Drop the kids off for dinner and craft time at The Kids’ Table. Kids get to make their own meal and work on a special craft to take home while you . . . do whatever you want! Fri. Event details.

Millennium Park

The Best Fest is a Family Fun Fest
Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival is back with a full lineup of interactive activities, sing-a-longs, delightful story times and arts and crafts for kids of all ages. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Roscoe Village

Go Back to Simpler Times at Retro on Roscoe
Have fun at this family favorite as your kiddos rock out to bands on the family stage, bounce in inflatables or create artistic masterpieces. Car and motorcycle fanatics love the classic cars at every turn, and the ‘80s music from six stages is the perfect beat for taking it all in. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Wicker Park

Strap on Your Aprons for a Family Cooking Class
Kids work side-by-side with their parents (or grandparents!) to make and then enjoy a delicious meal. It’s the perfect combo of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a delicious dinner and recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home. Sat. Event details.



It’s Kid’s Day at the Bears Training Camp
Spend your Saturday with da’ Bears at one of their last public training days. Fans will enjoy activities and inflatables in the End Zone, a video game trailer, rock climbing wall, face painters, balloon artists and more. Most exciting: Kids in attendance will also receive a complimentary Bears fidget spinner or foam waver (while supplies last). Sat. Event details.


Spend Your Day and Summer Nights at the 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.


Chicago Botanic Invites You for Nature Nights: Aquatic Adventure
Pack a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the garden. Along with a enjoying a tram ride and s’mores around the campfire, gather your own water sample and use scientific tools to look at plants, insects and animals living in the water at the Kleinman Family Cove. You’ll even make an aquatic garden to take home. Sat. Event details.

Go Fly a Kite at the Kite Festival
Send your kite soaring at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s annual Kite Festival. See stunt-like performances of high-flying professionals as they demonstrate awesome feats of beauty and skill. Get inspired to make your own kite and fly it in the designated “Kite Festival” areas. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Bring Your Kids Into the Fold at Origami in the Garden
A stunning tower of white cranes ascending skyward. A glorious winged horse. A life boat suspended by bronze oars. Sounds like a dreamlike fantasy, but we can assure you it’s quite real. The Morton Arboretum’s newest temporary exhibit, Origami in the Garden, is inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding and reams of wholesome fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.

Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers