Say it isn’t so! The last weekend of August is upon us. Time to kick up enjoying your Chicago summer into high gear. This won’t be hard with Navy Pier’s Zoom Room, a family circus that’s popping up all over town and a Family Fun Fest at Millennium Park. Read on to hear our Editor’s picks for family fun heading into September.

midnight-circusphoto: Midnight Circus in the Parks



Cool Beans! A Back to School Festival
Join Bubbles Academy at Little Beans Cafe for an evening of Family Fun and a celebration of back to school. You’ll find live music, a dunk tank (parents can get in, too!), a bounce house, glitter tattoos, face painting, ring toss, and hot dogs and ice cream. Swing by and celebrate the end of summer break! Fri. Event details.


Come One, Come All! Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago’s offbeat and totally entertaining circus takes its act on the road, performing in parks in all corners of the city. The troupe does high-wire acts, juggling, clowning and acrobatics. It’s all for a good cause: The tour raises money to improve public parks and playgrounds. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Hyde Park

The Revival Presents “The Explorers”
Spend an afternoon with the Explorers, a rag-tag group of knowledge-seekers, as they adventure to unknown territory in search of learning and laughter. Whether they’re exploring Outer Space, a Doctor’s Office, or even the Human Brain, this group is sure to meet fun, silly characters along the way. Sat. Event details.

Mag Mile

Last Chance to Groove with Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Through unforgettable songs such as “Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction,” a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the ‘70s back in a hip new way. Sun. Event details.

Millennium Park

Family Fun Fest
Millennium Park invites families for a day of interactive activities, arts & crafts and sing-a-longs. Groove to the Wiggleworms and enjoy a perfect Chicago summer with the family. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Fitness at the Field
Grab a water bottle and a workout buddy for a free outdoor fitness class at The Field Museum! Fitness at The Field offers a variety of group fitness classes hosted by local gyms and studios, including kickboxing, yoga and zumba. All workouts are free and healthy grab-and-go food is available for purchase. Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Summer Fireworks at Navy Pier
Keep the kids up a tad later to experience the fireworks display synchronized to music at Navy Pier. Sat. Event details.

Race Cars in the Zoom Room
It’s a race to the finish at Zoom Room, Chicago Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit. Check out the twisting racecourse that fills an entire room with hundreds of toy cars that race on crazy tracks. Try your own hand at racing on the adjoining tracks, sending cars hurtling through curves, loops, spirals and drops, and even getting in a pile-up on a multi-level “crash course.” Fri.-Sun. Event details.



Get Up Close with Pollinators
Stretch your legs and enjoy the sights and sounds of summer at Kohl Children’s Museum’s newest addition, Pollinator Garden. The garden is filled with a variety of flowers and plants, along with pollinators such as butterflies, bees and soldier beetles. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Picnic Supper, Barnyard Dance & Ice Cream Social
Pack up a picnic supper and bring your family to the farm for wagon rides, live music, square dancing and all the fixin’s for delicious ice cream sundaes. Sat. Event details.


Ribbit! The Exhibit Hops Into Morton Arboretum
Hop over to The Morton Arboretum for Ribbit! The Exhibit, a whimsical collection of larger-than-life copper frog sculptures. The exhibit features 19 displays of five- to seven-foot-tall frogs taking part in a variety of activities, including playing instruments, catching butterflies and meditating on a lily pad. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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

Tell us how you plan to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers