Hold up. . . . let us catch our breath. We’re feeling a little lightheaded thinking about the whirlwind weekend we planned for you. So many festivals that make things cool for kids, fireworks at the Pier, an exhibit of Trolls playing a bit of hide-and-seek. There’s more, but we’ll let you do the reading and planning while we nap. Get out there and make it a good one, Chicago!

photo: courtesy of Beryl_snw via flickr 



18th Annual Dragon Boat Race for Literacy
3-2-1 *Pop* The dragon boats are off! Watch teams race across the Chicago River. See live entertainment and take a free trolley ride around Chinatown while taking in the colorful sites, sounds and smells as you learn more about the Chinese and Asian cultures. Sat. Event details.

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 American Ninja Warrior. Fri. Event details.

Logan Square

Logan Square Arts Fest
This event on the Square is an awesome art walk at the galleries and businesses throughout the neighborhood. Organizers will turn the whole community into one giant art gallery! At the family tent, budding artists can make buttons, toys and art pieces. Fri.-Sun. 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

Navy Pier Pride
Navy Pier’s 3nd Annual Navy Pier Pride is set to return with a full day of Pride activities along the lakefront. Free and open to the public, this family-friendly event is the largest Pride celebration in Chicago outside of the Lakeview neighborhood. Sat. 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.



Celebrating Kids at Geneva’s Swedish Days
This classic ode to summer has kid’s events for six straight days. Live music, carnival rides, 5K and tent with everything Swedish are just a few of the can’t-miss activities at this Swedish-inspired fest. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Official Opening: 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 see if you can seek them hiding in the trees. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

— Maria Chambers

Pride Month Fun for Families
Amazing Summer Camps that Still Have Space
Water, Water, Everywhere! Spraygrounds to Drive You Wild

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