Make sure June leaves with a bang. Or at least a putt. We’re talking mini golf — namely, a cool new city course where proceeds go to charity. Take aim and then take advantage of the many other exciting family events around town, from the opening of Multilingual Chicago’s new language school to a nail-biter of a BMX stunt show to a classical lullaby concert. Get ready to play in a big way.
City Mini Golf
Grab a putter and have a ball on a mini golf green in the middle of the city. The course is filled with loops, ramps, spirals and surprising obstacles. Part of the proceeds go directly to building a new play lot onsite. Held daily through June 30, 10:00 am-8:00 pm. School Street Park. $8 for adults; $6 for kids (per round of golf). All ages. Event details.
Rachel Barton Pine Kids Concert
The renowned concert violinist helps tots unwind as she plays lullabies by the likes of Schubert, Strauss and Ravel. Her music has special meaning: Rachel was inspired by her first child to release a new CD, Violin Lullabies. Violin-playing kids are invited to bring their instruments and play along with “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Sun., 11:00 am–1:00 pm. Swedish American Museum. Free. All ages. Event details.
Back Lot Baby & Family Day
Back Lot Bash, one of Chicago’s most popular Pride Month events, is introducing its first-ever family day. Play hopscotch, get your face painted and have your world acoustically rocked by kindie acoustic guitar marvel Laura Doherty at 12:30 pm and folk-pop wonder band The Dreamtree Shakers at 2:00 pm. Local authors are also there for storytelling fun. Sat., 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Behind Cheetah Gym. $5 for adults; $2 for kids; free for kids 2 and under. All ages. Event details.
Around the World with Multilingual Kids
Adored language center Multilingual Chicago has just moved to new digs and you’re invited to join the housewarming fiesta. Your kids will feel like they’re globe-trotting as they participate in cultural activities in Spanish, Mandarin and Korean. Sat., 1:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival
Relish the works of more than 50 juried artists while taking in a setting (the tree-lined residential streets of Lincoln Park) as pretty as the paintings for sale. Come also for the cool tunes, food from local restaurants and kids’ activity area (afternoons only). Sat., 12:00 pm-10:00 pm; Sun., 12:00 pm-9:00 pm. At Racine and Belden Aves. $7 suggested donation. All ages. Event details.
King BMX Stunt Show
Back flips. Tail whips. Daredevil BMX riders do them with gusto in a park splayed with stunt ramps. The free-styling is full of thrills and makes popping wheelies look like child’s play. Fri., 7:00 pm, 8:30 pm & 10:00 pm; Sat., 7:00 & 10:00 pm. MB Financial Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Junior Tour de Naperville
Pedal in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France. Come on bicycle, tricycle or Big Wheel and cruise on the path at Commissioners Park, which clocks in at 1.246 miles. Each child registered receives a T-shirt and there will be stops for snacks and drinks. Sat., 9:00 am-10:30 am. $16 for Naperville residents; $24 for non-residents. Ages 3-8. Event details.
Which of these events sounds like the most fun? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Courtesy of City Mini Golf