It’s time for good, clean fun — the kind that keeps minds and bodies growing. This weekend you’ll find it at an activity-filled fundraiser for Purple Asparagus (the local non-profit devoted to healthy eating) and a family run and walk put on by WTTW. Get up and go.

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Logan Square

Purple Asparagus Corks & Crayons Benefit
Dig into a spread from more than 15 tastemakers, including Top Chef contestants Heather Terhune (Sable) and Richie Farina (Moto), as well as chefs, pastry chefs. To keep kiddies entertained there is a mini farmer’s market, photo booth, art experience by A Muse and magician. Sun., 4:00 pm. Greenhouse Loft. $75 for adults; $15 for ages 5-20; kids under 5 are free. All ages. Event details.

Little Italy

Festa Italiana
Mamma mia, this is a fun festival. Celebrate Chicago’s Italian heritage on Taylor Street with live music, food and cultural presentations. The kids’ area has carnival rides, Radio Disney, The Happiness Club, Jabberwocky Marionettes and storytelling by Language Arts Academy. Held Thurs. & Fri., 5:00 pm-11:00 pm; Sat., 12:00 pm–11:00 pm; Sun., 2:00 pm–10:00 pm. Held on Taylor Street, between Racine Street and Ashland Avenue. Suggested donation of $5 per person; children under 12 are free. All ages. Event details.

Lincoln Park

WTTW Kids Fun and Run
Get moving and meet your favorite WTTW Kids characters at this 3K family walk and 5K run. In addition to doing footwork, you’ll enjoy live performances by Ralph’s World, food and drinks, giant inflatables, crafts and more. Proceeds help support WTTW kids programming. Sun., 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Lincoln Park. $30 for adults; $15 for children (ages 13 and under). All ages. Event details.

Roscoe Village

Wonderland Activities Center Mingle
There’s a party going on at this play space. Come to hear about its fall programming — or just come for the fun. Mickey Mouse will be there to greet you and so will musician Miss Erin who entices little ones to move, shake and dance amid bubbles. Sat., 10:00 am-1:00 pm. $20 per family. Ages 5 and under. Event details.


“The Cat in the Hat”
Every kiddo knows a thing about Dr. Seuss’ madcap classic. Now see it come to life on stage. In this adaptation from the National Theatre in London, young Sally and her brother play games and do mischief with The Cat, Thing One and Thing Two. The 35-minute show is followed by games with the big feline himself. Show times Sat. & Sun, 10:00 am; Tues. & Thurs., 10:30 am. Through Sept. 1. Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. $16-$22. Ages 3-10. Event details.


Day Out With Thomas
Looks like Thomas slipped away from the Island of Sodor. He’s pulling up to the Illinois Railway Museum — and he’s big enough for kids to hop on for a ride. The annual event is a true sensation. Along with a 20-minute train ride, there are Thomas & Friends-themed games and activities, storytelling and the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt. Fri.-Sun., 9:00 am-5:00 pm. $19 (free for kids under 2). All ages. Event details.

Oak Brook Terrace

Drew Fest
Have a blast for a great cause. You’ll whoop it up with rides, games, crafts, face painting, inflatables, paddle boats, live music, and tons of food and drink. A local mom and dad put this bash together when they found out to their son, Drew, was suffering from eosinophilic disease (they’ve since discovered their middle daughter, Kamrin, has it, too). Money raised goes to finding a cure. Sat., 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Terrace View Park. $8 for adults; $4 for children; $24 for a family four-pack (two adults and two children). All ages. Event details.

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

— Kelly Aiglon

Photo: Courtesy of Purple Asparagus