Having too much fun isn’t a thing, and this weekend is proof of that. We’re showing you where to thrill-seek, grab a cool-down treat and get creative exploring your city this Labor Day weekend. Take a break after those first few days back to school, read on and get your planning engines started!

photo: Chicago Botanic Garden

Bask in the Warmth at Kuipers’ Sunflower Experience
Kuipers’ Sunflower Experience gives guests access to over 5 acres of sunflowers where you can stroll, snap photos and enjoy the beautiful scenery of a late-summer farm day. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Cool Down with Summers Go-To Treat at a Local Ice Cream Parlor
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! The best way to cool off and celebrate the dog days of summer is by scooping up the babes and visiting local old-school ice cream parlors. More details.

Staycation at Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge is open and giving families a way to take a long-awaited getaway. Fri.-Sun. More details

Explore the City on a Chicago-Themed Scavenger Hunt
Intro your kids to some of Chicago’s hometown coolness and iconic locations using our Chicago-themed scavenger hunt as your guide. More details.

Adventure as Family at The Forge: Lemont Quarries
Hike, bike, paddle and climb your way through this 300-acre adventure park featuring the largest aerial adventure course in North America. Fri.-Sun. More details.

For the Firefighter-Obsessed! Cruise the Waterways on a Fireboat
Once the largest diesel-powered Fireboat in the world, the Fred A. Busse is now set to share a bit of history with its passengers. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Troll Hunt at Morton Arboretum
Something special emerged from the vast spaces at Morton Arboretum. . . unusual creatures, each made of reclaimed wood and 15- to 20-feet-tall. Guardians of the forest, trying to make sense of the human world. Good luck with that, Trolls! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Last Chance! Check Out the New Slide at Raging Waves
Raging Waves is treating Chicagoans to a brand new experience at their already tricked out waterpark: Aussie Mat Dash. Six riders race side-by-side in tunnels to the bottom. Fri.-Sun. More details

Walk Amongst the Butterflies & Blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden
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

Limited Time Only! Snap Pics of Dinos Everywhere at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo is officially open! Be one of the first to visit and you’ll be rewarded with the new Dinos Everywhere exhibit. Be sure to pre-register and show up masked and ready to explore! Fri.-Sun. More details

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Luck is on your side because we have loads more to-dos on our calendar—even lots of virtual activities to connect with people, museums and businesses all over the country. Check it out!

— Maria Chambers


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