Bid a sweet farewell to July and show August how we do fun in Chicago. Hit up a first-ever Family Fun Day in Lincolnshire, dance with the faeries in Elgin or spend the weekend hitting up museums, stage shows and exhibits in the city. Read on for your guide to our favorite activities to explore with the fam.

The World of Faeries Festivalphoto: The World of Faeries Festival

IN THE CITY

Greektown

Get the Scoop on Sweet Home Chicago
Discover why Chicago is known as “America’s candy capital” as the traveling exhibit, Sweet Home Chicago, makes a stop at the National Hellenic Museum. Fri.-Sun. National Hellenic Museum. $10/adults; $7/kids; free for ages 2 & under. All ages. Event details.

Hyde Park

Discover Math in Nature with a Mirror Maze
Discover how naturally fun math can be in a maze filled with mirrors that help kiddos unlock the beautiful symmetry of the natural world. Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze kicks things off with a film that presents how fractals, spirals and “golden ratio” are woven into our lives. Fri.-Sun. Museum of Science and Industry. $18/adults; $11/children 3-11. All ages. Event details.

Lakeview

Storytown Improv
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Sat. Stage 773. $10. Ages 3-10. Event details.

Kids Classic Cooking Series: It’s Summer!
It’s time for summer lovin’ and The Kids’ Table is here to show you how to make all those recipes from their Summer Camp series your kids will dig. Check their website for the weekly menu. Sat. The Kids’ Table. $22.50/members), $25/non-members. Ages 4-10. Event details.

A Detective Game with Cat-titude
This interactive spy story provides the purrr-fect opportunity to show your little ones the mystery and excitement of live theatre. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, gather clues to help Three Little Kittens find their missing mittens. Sat. Emerald City’s Little Theatre. $15; $8/children 1 & under. Ages 0-5. Event details.

Engage in Improvised Fun at ComedySportz
This hilarious 90-minute improv show has two competing teams creating comedy scenes, songs and games right on the spot based on audience suggestions. The audience chooses the winner and the show never repeats. Fri. & Sat. ComedySportz – CSz Theater. $23-$25. All ages. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Release the Butterflies!
Who doesn’t love butterflies? Experience their beauty as new butterflies are released daily at the Peggy Notebaert Museum’s Butterfly Haven exhibit. Fri.-Sun. Peggy Notebaert Museum. $9/adults; $6/ages 3-12; free for ages 2 & under. All ages. Event details.

Milk a Cow at Lincoln Park Zoo
Visit Farm-in-the-Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo to see how a typical family farm combines rural life with modern technology to milk its Holstein dairy cows. Fri.-Sun. Farm-in-the-Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mag Mile

See the Navy Pier Fireworks at 360 CHICAGO
Climb 94 floors above The Mag Mile to 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck to get a unique and unforgettable view of Navy Pier’s fireworks, happening every Wednesday and Saturday this summer. Sat. 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck. $12/ages 12 & up; $13/ages 3-11; free for ages 2 & under. All ages. Event details.

Groove to Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Through unforgettable songs 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. Sat. Broadway Playhouse. $15-$23. Ages 3-13. Event details

Museum Campus

Fitness at The Field
Grab a water bottle and a workout buddy for a series of free outdoor fitness classes at The Field Museum this summer! Fitness at The Field offers a variety of group fitness classes hosted by local gyms and studios, including kickboxing, yoga and zumba. Sun. The Field Museum. Free. All ages. Event details.

Navy Pier

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. Fri.-Sun. Chicago Children’s Museum. Included in general museum admission. All ages. Event details.

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

North Center

Hogwash: An Improvised Tall Tale
Fitting of its name, which means “nonsense”, the lack of structure of this improvised show makes it an absolute riot. Kids assist with costume selection and choose a location for the fully improvised story. Sat. Bug House Theatre. $10/kids; free for adults. Ages 3-12. Event details.

Northerly Island

Get Your Groove on With Kids Bop
Get ready to rock at this concert just for the kiddies. Kidz Bop is on tour and swinging by Chicago for a sing-a-long. This brand new live show, Life of the Party, features the biggest pop songs of the year. Get the ultimate pop star experience with your family and learn some new dance moves while you’re at it! Sun. Northerly Island FirstMerit Bank Pavilion. $35. All ages. Event details.

Ravenswood Manor

Snow White and the Missing Dwarfs
Help the missing dwarfs and Snow White outwit the Evil Queen in this immersive theatre experience for kids (and their most favorite grownups). Sat. Stomp and Shout Chicago. $12. Ages 2-10. Event details.

Various Locations

Foodie Adventure Series
The best childhood memories come from Summer Camp, right? No need to pack your sleeping bags for this one – The Kid’s Table has you covered. Join them for their summer camp’s favorite recipes. See their website for the weekly menu. Sat. The Kids’ Table Wicker Park & Lakeview. $22.50/members, $25/non-members. Ages 4-10. Event details.

Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camps
Spring soccer season is long gone and fall has yet to kick off, but don’t let those cleats get dusty this summer. Take some time this weekend to sign your kids up for Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp, where they’ll benefit from the efforts of hundreds of Challenger’s coaches who have developed one of the most innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the US. Week-long camps through Aug. 26. Various field locations throughout Chicagoland. Ages. 3-18. Event details.

IN THE ‘BURBS

Elgin

The World of Faeries Festival
Come dressed in your favorite fairy or fantasy outfit for Vasa Park’s 12th Annual fairy festival, Seasons of the Faerie. The weekend will include music, family activities and entertainment. Sat. & Sun. Vasa Park. $11; Free for ages 12 & under. All ages. Event details.

Glencoe

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. Fri.-Sun. Chicago Botanic Garden. $6/adults; $4/ages 3-12; free for 2 & under. All ages. Event details.

Play with Butterflies at Chicago Botanic Garden
Come play with hundreds of colorful butterflies at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Butterflies & Blooms. Enter the serene tropical habitat made up of beautiful flowers and hundreds of butterflies fluttering about. Sit still and they may just land on you. Fri.-Sun. Chicago Botanic Garden. $6/adults; $4/children 3 – 12; Children 2 & under free. All ages. Event details.

Glenview

Toys: The Inside Story at Kohl Children’s Museum
Learn what makes toys tick at Kohl Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit, Toys: The Inside Story. This temporary exhibit lets visitors take a peek inside some of the most recognizable toys to examine the linkages, pulleys, cams and circuits that make them irresistibly fun. Fri.-Sun. Kohl Children’s Museum. $12; free for ages 11 months & under. All ages. Event details.

Get Up Close with Pollinators at Kohl Children’s Museum
Stretch your legs and enjoy the sights and sounds of summer at Kohl Children’s Museum’s newest addition, Pollinator Garden. Throughout the garden, placards will teach children and parents alike about the different plants and pollinators. Bonus: It’s located right outside the main entrance and will not require a ticket. Fri.-Sun. Kohl Children’s Museum. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lincolnshire

Family Fun Day
Please join the Hair For You Foundation for their 1st annual Family Fun Day! Visitors will find swimming, a bouncy house, magicians, photo booth, mini manicures and hair styling, a visit from the Lincolnshire Fire Department, an inflatable Double Pop A Shot, food and beverages, and music and entertainment. Sun. Tamarack Day Camp. $15 suggested donation. All ages. Event details.

Lisle

Ribbit! The Exhibit Hops into Morton Arboretum
This spring and summer, 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. Fri.-Sun. Morton Arboretum. $14/adults; $9/ages 2-17. All ages. Event details.

GlowJump at Pump It Up
The only thing better than jumping at Pump it Up is glowing at Pump It Up. Kids will have the time of their lives playing in the massive inflatables with special FX lighting that makes white clothing glow in the dark. Fri. Pump It Up. $8/child (includes either a glow necklace or bracelet). Event details.

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— Maria Chambers