These are summer’s dog days — long, hot and best spent with a Dreamsicle in hand. Enjoy them while they last (we don’t need to remind you that the “S” word is right around the corner). This weekend you can try your luck at the carnival at Retro on Roscoe, attend a free sports party in the park, bake cookies at a French bistro and more.


Roscoe Village

Retro on Roscoe
The throwback-themed street fest has ’80s and headbanger bands for grownups who wish they hadn’t grown up. Kids get silly, too, with carnival games, inflatables, arts and crafts, a balloon artist, Radio Disney, rides and more. Sat. & Sun., 12:00 pm-10:00 pm (kids’ area closes at 6:00 pm). Held at Roscoe & Hoyne streets. $10 suggested donation for admission. All ages. Event details.


Back-to-School Sports Bash
Before you hit the books, get your game on at this free family event that features sports from We Got Game and activities from the Chicago Park District. Little ones can try tot hockey, capture the flag, tag, yoga and more. Ages six and up can jump into soccer, basketball, floor hockey and more. Stick around for the parent/child kickball game. Sun., 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Chase Park. Free. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Tie Dye Party in the Park
Give those plain white tees a colorful new attitude. Hotel Lincoln welcomes kids, adults and even dogs to a tie-dye bash and is providing all the supplies (except shirts; it’s BYO tee). Kick back in the hotel’s “backyard” (aka: Lincoln Park) and create a back-to-school fashion statement. Held Sat., 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Held on the south edge of Lincoln Park (near the 1800 block of Clark). Free. All ages. Event details.


Bud Billiken Parade
This spirited procession started in 1929 by the founder of The Chicago Defender with a purpose to provide underprivileged youth with the chance to be in the limelight. Today, the parade comes alive with dozens of bands, drill teams, marching units, floats and more. A picnic at the end of the route features food and live music. Sat., 10:00 am. Held on Martin Luther King Drive, from 39th St. (Oakwood Blvd.) to 51st St. Free. All ages. Event details.


“Shrek: The Musical”
He’s green and making a scene at Navy Pier. Swamp-dwelling ogre Skrek goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim his home in this musical based on the movie. Accompanied by a wise-cracking donkey, he fights a dragon and rescues the cursed Princess Fiona, while learning about friendship and love. Held through Sept. 1. Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier. Adults, $25; children, $18. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Oak Brook

Petite Cookie Cutters Class
“C” is for cookie. It’s also for “completely cool” and that’s what this event will be. Kids make their own cookie dough, cut it into fun shapes and sizes, and pop it the oven. As the cookies are sizzling, little bakers can design and decorate their own apron. Sat., 9:30 am-10:30 am. $10 per child. Mon Ami Gabi. Ages 12 and under. Event details.


Rotate a little fun into your day at this exhibit that teaches kids why and how objects spin. Push a fixed wheel in the Human Centrifuge, an innovative tub that shows how inertia works; race objects of varying sizes and weights along a track to clock their speed; or create your own laser show against a spinning backdrop. Held through Sept. 1. Kohl Children’s Museum. Museum admission is $9.50 for adults and children; free for those under 12 months. All ages. Event details.

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

— Kelly Aiglon

Photo: Retro on Roscoe by Raney Images