There’s no such thing as too much fun, and this weekend is proof of that. We’re showing you where to take cool pics with Bixbee, see a cruelty-free circus and giving you a tip on a safe bet for big smiles with the grandparents — Sunday is National Grandparents Day, after all! Read on and get your planning engines started!

photo: Bixbee Imagination Station, credit Michelle Elfvin 


Auburn Gresham

Run Away and Join Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago’s offbeat and totally entertaining circus takes its act on the road! The troupe does high-wire acts, juggling, clowning and acrobatics. It’s all for a good cause: The tour raises money to improve public parks. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Almost Gone! Strike a Pose at the Bixbee Imagination Station
The Bixbee Imagination Station is an experiential popup and retail shop featuring an immersive, interactive experience for kids and the kid in you. Fri.-SunEvent details.

South Side

Enjoy a Family Sunday with the Sox
The White Sox ballpark experience for kids will feature special kid-focused activities throughout the concourse and the opportunity to run the bases after game. Play ball! Sun. Event details.


City and Burbs

Get a Free Sundae at Culver’s
For each Culver’s sundae purchased, guests will receive a second sundae FREE for their grandparent in honor of National Grandparents Day! Sun. Event details



Traverse a Brick Safari at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo’s temporary exhibit, Brick Safari, features more than 40 life-size animal sculptures created from millions of LEGO bricks located along a winding, wooded path. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Choo Choo! Get Your Train Fix at Model Railroad Garden
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at Chicago Botanic Garden. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond
Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond features 4 distinct interactive learning areas modeled after episodes that encourage kids to learn about their natural environment and incorporate each TV character. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Water Lantern Festival
As the sun sets, Water Lantern Festival begins to shine with the launch of the lanterns onto the water. Watch your unique lantern drift as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. Sat. Event details


Almost Gone! See How Nature Connects at Morton Arboretum
Enjoy a day built on fun at Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks. LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will be dazzled as they search for 15 larger-than-life, nature-inspired sculptures. Fri.-SunEvent details.

Take Your Pup to the Arboretum
Enjoy a “paw”fect day out with your pup, meandering down the Arboretum’s 16 miles of hiking trails, shopping the pet expo, meeting dogs available for adoption and watching your furry friend compete in the doggy games. Sat. Event details.


Kick Off Oktoberfest at Heritage Farm
Pack a picnic and head to Heritage Farm for a traditional German Biergarten complete with German music, pretzels, refreshments, local craft beer and soda. Fri. Event details.


Take the Grandparents for a Cooking Class
Join Maggiano’s for a celebration of Grandparents’ Day with a kid’s cooking class to make banana bread! In addition to the cooking class, there will be a breakfast buffet. Sat. Event details

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