It’s Father’s Day weekend! Take your pick from a mega LEGO exposition, visit the Scottish Isles and take a stroll around Morton Arboretum to check out their latest exhibit and more! What are you waiting for? Grab dad’s hand and head to one of these great family events around town.

photo: Father’s Day fun via Paul Barnes


Hyde Park

The Science Behind Pixar at MSI
We all have a favorite Pixar movie. Whether it be Toy Story, Inside Out or A Bug’s Life, Museum of Science and Industry is giving you an in-depth look at the Pixar process of creating these instantly classic films. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Irving Park

Family Ninja Night at Ultimate Ninjas
Friday nights are Ninja Night! Kids and their favorite adults are invited for pizza and ninja’ing on the same obstacle courses as seen on NBC’s hit show American Ninja Warrior. Fri. Event details.

Mag Mile

Sunday Funday at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck
Sure, sleeping ’til noon on a Sunday is swell, but what’s even better is 360 CHICAGO’s Sunday Funday. Infuse a little excitement into your life by taking the family to the 94th floor for a little magic, a little music and a whole lot of amazing Chicago views. Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Celebrate Equality at Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum is getting in on the Pride celebration by inviting families to help transform the central staircase into a giant rainbow with colorful ribbons and to write your ideas about family on a huge chalkboard. Fri.-Sun. 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. Event details.

Ukranian Village

Storytime with Drag Queens
Make storytime lots of fun with Muffy Fishbasket and her Good Time Gals, reading some of their favorite children’s stories. Books read will be available to purchase from the onsite Women and Children First and proceeds from the event support promoting education in schools for LGBTQIA+ youth. Sun. Event details.



Travel Back in Time to the Scottish Isles
Your wee ones are sure to enjoy the men dressed in kilts, caber tossing, bagpipers strolling, adorable dogs dressed in Tartan, beautiful Heather queens, Haggis eating, and the shortbread contest at the Midwest’s largest Celtic Family Festival. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Troll Takeover at Morton Arboretum
Something special is emerging from the vast open spaces at the Arboretum . . . Trolls with an environmental message, each made of reclaimed wood and measuring 15- to 20-feet-tall. Take a stroll and watch them take shape. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Rolling Meadows

Kids Obstacle Challenge
Kids Obstacle Challenge is the largest adventure race series in the nation with challenging obstacles and mud.  And the best part is, it’s a FAMILY adventure – parents get to run with their kids for free! Sat. Event details.


Chicago Dogs Home Games
There’s a new baseball team in town and they’re paying homage to Chicago’s favorite street food, HOT DOGS! Hat giveaways, post-game fireworks and an opportunity to play catch on the field make the three game weekend a must-do. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Brickworld Chicago 2018 LEGO Exposition
Brickworld is excited to bring their premiere LEGO display and exposition to Chicago for the 12th consecutive year!  See spectacular creations all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO enthusiasts, enjoy interactive activities and purchase your favorite LEGO sets, minifigures and accessories. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

— Maria Chambers

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. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.