You may look ahead at summer break with a mix of joy and fear (yay for together time! but . . . how to spend it?). We’re here to help. Start filling your calendar with fun family events. This week that includes fireworks at Navy Pier, a bike ride through Roscoe Village, a totally wild sing-along at the zoo and more! See? Nothing to be a-scared of.

photo: Do-Division Family Fun Fest


Lincoln Park

Sing Along at LPZ
Sway along to the silly songs and tall tales of Electric Neil as he performs originals that’ll have the wee ones dancing and singing along. Fri. Event details.

Museum Campus

Last Chance! Cavalia Odysseo
Discover the magic! Cavalia presents Odysseo, an amazing adventure that marries equestrian and stage arts with high-tech theatrical effects. Odysseo takes you and your family on a spellbinding journey to the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Celebrate Family Equality at Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum is kicking off June’s Pride month events! Kids can transform a thee-story staircase into a giant rainbow by adding colorful ribbons and write their ideas about family on the “What Makes a Family?” chalk wall. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Roscoe Village

Family Fun Day by Tuesday’s Child
The Tuesday’s Child family carnival and 5k fun run is a family focused event featuring live entertainment, bounce houses, carnival games, prizes, a runner’s breakfast and lunch! Sun. Event details.

Kidical Mass Bike Ride
Join Kidical Mass for a slow, easy-going, fun, group ride focused on kids (all ages) and families that will tour the Roscoe Village neighborhood. Sun. Event details.


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

Wicker Park

Do-Division Family Fun Fest
Be a kid again at Do-Division’s annual Family Fun Fest. Joust with your kids or race them up a climbing wall. Toss around a ball at the sports area, and boogie on down at the kids music and talent show. Sat. & Sun. Event details.



Butterflies & Blooms
Fill your summer days with butterflies and blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden’s temporary exhibit where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of winged beauties and pretty petals. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


A Festival for All Things Milk
There is nothing like a nice cold glass of milk and for the truly milk obsessed, there is Harvard Milk Days. This festival has everything from demos on cattle care, feeding and milking to live music and a parade . . . and even a milk drinking contest. Moooo! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Origami in the Garden
A stunning tower of white cranes ascending skyward. A glorious winged horse. A life boat suspended by bronze oars. The Morton Arboretum’s newest temporary exhibit, Origami in the Garden, is inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding and it’s reams of wholesome fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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

Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers