Be sure to stretch because your funny bones will be getting a workout this weekend! Imagination Movers is breezing into the windy city with their live show packed with silly fun and the pH Comedy Theater is making literacy something to laugh about. Read on for our Editor’s picks that include a fest that celebrates diversity, a heroic block party, a creepy-crawly playdate with six-legged friends and more!
Celebrate Diversity at Albany Park World Fest
Globe-spanning music, eclectic cuisine, cool artisans, carnival rides and more! Join Albany Park in celebrating the diversity of their neighborhood at the 2nd annual Albany Park World Fest. With more than 70 languages spoken in the community and its mix of restaurants, food markets and retailers, the two-day fest will mirror the neighborhood’s melting pot culture. Fri., 5-10 p.m., Sat., noon-10 p.m., Sun., noon-9 p.m. Lawrence & Kimball. $10. All ages. Event details.
Adventure Library at the pH Comedy Theater
You’ll never be told to be quiet in this library! Adventure Library starts with kids voting on their favorite book and watching as pH Comedy Theater’s team of improvisers bring it to comedic life. Kids take to the stage to help steer the story and create literary magic. Sat., 2 p.m. pH Comedy Theater. $12/adult; $8/kids. All ages. Event details.
River North Chicago
Scavenger Hunt Adventure
See Chicago in a whole new way with an amazing scavenger hunt adventure. Your day begins at the Westin Chicago River North and smart phone clues lead you on a fun and engaging walking tour of the city that ends at Monroe at Dearborn Street. Fri.-Sun. Chicago Westin River North. $49. All ages. Event details.
International Night at The Kids’ Table
Tie on your apron, grab your chefs hat and work side-by-side with your kids to make and enjoy a delicious meal together. On tonight’s international menu: roasted red pepper lasagne, caprese salad skewers and chocolate dipped lady fingers. Yum! Fri., 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The Kids’ Table Wicker Park. $25. 2 & up. Event details.
Big Heroic Block Party
Shimmy into your favorite super hero costume and hit up the Big Heroic Block Party, featuring an outdoor viewing of Big Hero 6. Attendees will be treated to a juggling show, magicians, a bounce house, karaoke, face painting, yard games and more. Don’t forget your chairs and blankets to enjoy the movie! Sat., 4 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
Celebrate 6-Legged Friends at Bug Fest
Start your bug-filled adventure at Lippold Park with fun bug games, insect encounters and more! Take the stroller-friendly Fox River Trail or head into the woods toward Red Oak Nature Center to see a presentation of Anthropods for Fun by David Stokes, an expert who engages audiences of all ages in nature study with songs, short stories and live creatures. Sat., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. & noon. Red Oak Nature Center & Lippold Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Model Railroad Garden. The exhibit features 18 garden-scale trains on 1,600 feet of track with vignettes of tiny people and animals that give it a storybook feel. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden. $6/adults; $4/ages 3-12; free for 2 & under. All ages. Event details.
Imagination Movers Live!
The Emmy-winning stars of their own Disney Junior preschool series, Imagination Movers, are headed back to the Chicago area. Kids and parents sing along with the Movers’ hooky choruses, learn ridiculously fun dances and marvel at the sight of confetti cannons, giant smoke rings, enormous balloons – and, of course, roll after roll of flying toilet paper. Sun., 2-3:15 p.m. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. $25. All ages. Event details.
Rediscover Disney Classics on the Big Screen
Revisit beloved Disney classics on the big screen with your favorite little ones. The Walt Disney Company and Cinemark Seven Bridges will show four films daily, seven days a week. Showing this week: Dumbo, Chicken Little, Lilo & Stitch and Iron Will. Daily, varied showtimes. Cinemark Seven Bridges. $5. All ages. Event details.
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