Prediction: You’re in for a weekend of non-stop fun. We’d put money on it. Get a jump start on summer with street fests (indoor and out!), see what new things are unfolding at Morton Arboretum or have tea with turtles. Read on for our Editor’s picks for a perma-smile kinda weekend.

photo: NPN’s Indoor Street Fest



Mayfest Chicago
This fest officially kicks off the summer outdoor festival season (yippee!). Mayfest celebrates spring and all things outdoors. Kids will learn about health, safety and wellness while crafting or burning energy in one of the activity areas. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Tea with the Turtles
In celebration of World Turtle Day (yes, it’s a thing), get up close and personal with shelled creatures, and learn about different species and how to conserve them. Games, hands-on activities and lunch is part of the fun. Sat. Event details.

Museum Campus

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 a little early! 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.

North Center

NPN’s Indoor Street Fest
Your tiny Chicagoan will enjoy everything Chicago street fests have to offer, designed just for them, including musical performances, faceprinting, soccer games, glitter tattoos, bounce houses a quiet play area and more! Sun. Event details.


Annual Spring Circus Show: The Bus on Dream Street
Chicago’s youth social circus organization, CircEsteem, presents The Bus on Dream Street, showcasing the talents of students, in a dazzling circus production that is fun for dreamers of all ages. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Wicker Park

Family Cooking Class
Kids work side-by-side with their parents (or grandparents!) to make and then enjoy a delicious meal. It’s the perfect combo of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a yummy dinner and recipes so you can recreate the deliciousness at home. Fri. Event details.



Chug-Chug-Chug to the Homewood Rail Fest
Hey train enthusiasts, climb aboard Lil Obie, a scale model of a Canadian National Safety Train locomotive and flatbed caboose, and check out the Homewood Rail Fest. This train-focused event has something for every rail lover.  Sat. 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 reams of wholesome fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Civil War Days
Naper Settlement is transformed into a Civil War encampment where visitors can meet famous figures of the past and experience firsthand a turbulent time period in our nation’s history. Sat. & 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