Do you think it’s possible to have too much fun? We think not, and this weekend is certainly proof. Hang with Yoda at the Sox game, celebrate big in Little Village and watch your favorite Marvel superheroes duke it out on stage. Read on to find our best bets at keeping the fun on an upswing.
May the Force Be With You . . . At the Sox Game
Nothing screams lazy Sunday like a day at the ballpark. Bring the kids out to watch the White Sox take on the Minnesota Twins and stay for the running of the bases after the game. Added bonus: it’s Star Wars Day! Star Wars-themed music and graphics will display during the game and guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character to march in the pre-game parade. An exclusive Adam Wan Kenobi bobblehead is available for the first 1,200 guests to purchase. Sun., 1:10 p.m. U.S. Cellular Field. Varied ticket prices starting as low as $5. All ages. Event details.
A Detective Game with Cat-titude
This interactive spy story provides the purrr-fect opportunity to show your little ones the mystery and excitement of live theatre. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, gather clues to help Three Little Kittens find their missing mittens and make new discoveries before Mother Cat comes slinking home. Daily, varied showtimes. Emerald City’s Little Theatre. $15, $8/children 1 & under. Ages 0-5. Event details.
Big Celebration in Little Village
Join in on the midwest’s largest celebration of Mexican heritage and culture taking place in the heart of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. Festival de la Villita is a grand community gala that commemorates Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule and celebrates the rich traditions of Latinos. The festival has something for everyone including nearly 100 vendors offering a variety of arts, crafts and merchandise along with authentic cuisine and drink, games for kids and adults, carnival rides and musical entertainment. On Sunday the festival becomes the end destination for the Mexican Independence Day Parade. Fri., 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m.-11 p.m. 26th & Kostner. Free general admission, fee for carnival rides. All ages. Event details.
Near West Side
Kapow! Marvel Universe Live
Get ready to experience an electrifying battle between good and evil right before your eyes. Marvel Universe Live! features the most Marvel characters ever assembled in one production – 25! Super hero fans will feel like they’ve stepped into a Marvel blockbuster film come to life with nonstop movie style action and stunts. Thurs.-Sun., varied showtimes. United Center. $25/$90; kids under 36″ on a lap are free. Ages 4 & over. Event details.
Near West Side
Cirque du Soleil presents KURIOS-Cabinet of Curiosities
Only two more weekends to take the kids to this show everyone has been raving about. Performed under the iconic blue and yellow Big Top this is a tale in which time comes to a halting stop, transporting audiences inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. Let your imaginations soar as The Seeker, a time machine wielding scientist, defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent the world around him with steampunk elements featuring characters from another dimension. Shows thru Sept. 20 in the parking lot of the United Center. Tickets start at $35. All ages. Event details.
Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago’s offbeat and totally entertaining circus takes its act on the road, performing in parks in all corners of the city. 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 and playgrounds. Sat. & Sun., 3 p.m. Ogden Park. $5. All ages. Event details.
Family Fun Night on the Farm
Enjoy a fun-filled family evening of rides, games, and more at Blackberry Farm, a living history museum where pioneer life is recreated through educational demonstrations. Pack the blankets, picnic basket and lawn chairs to enjoy a special showing of Babe on an outdoor movie screen at dusk. Fri., 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Blackberry Farm. $5. All ages. Event details.
A Special 10th Birthday Bash
Celebrate the 10th birthday of Morton Arboretum’s Children’s Garden with games, crafts, entertainment and even some tasty tree treats. Birthday well-wishers will make wishes for the trees, blow colored bubbles onto a birthday mural, get their faces painted, hunt for 10 festive trees in the garden, make birthday treats for the birds and much more! Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Morton Arboretum. Free with general admission. All ages. Event details.
I Spy Nature-Inspired LEGO Displays
A special two for one! Once you’ve wished the garden a happy 10th, enjoy a day built on fun at Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney, who’s a “professional kid” and the first-ever LEGO Certified Professional. LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will be dazzled as they search for 13 larger-than-life, nature-inspired sculptures throughout the east side of the The Morton Arboretum. See if your kid’s little eyes can spy a 7-foot tall regal peacock, a grandfather and grandchild gardening, a giant corn spider (eeek!), a hummingbird sipping nectar from a colorful trumpet flower, an 8-foot dragonfly and more! Be sure to stop by the play-and-stay area where kids can get creative with LEGO bricks. Daily, 7 a.m.-sunset. Morton Arboretum. $14/adult, $9/ages 2-17, free for ages 1 & under. All ages. Event details.
Explore a New Discovery Garden
Join the Park District of Oak Park and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory for the grand opening of the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden. This unique garden invites both children and adults to explore nature in all seasons through interaction with plants and natural materials. As part of the opening day celebration, visitors are invited to participate in boat races down the water runnel, fossil digging and much more. Sat., 10 a.m. Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden. Free. All ages. Event details.
Doggy Date Night: Pupcorn & a Movie
Make a date for you, your family and your dog with a special screening of Walt Disney’s 101 Dalmations. Dog-loving familes, regardless of ownership are welcome to attend. If you’re considering adding a dog to your family, this is the perfect opportunity for your children to interact with dogs and learn about adoption opportunities. A hot dog and popcorn is included in admission and additional food is available for purchase. Sat., 7 p.m. Centennial Park. $10/resident, $15/non-resident. All ages. Event details.
Rediscover Disney Classics on the Big Screen
Revisit beloved Disney classics on the big screen with your favorite Disney groupies. The Walt Disney Company and Cinemark Seven Bridges will show four throwback films daily, seven days a week. Showing this week: The Emperor’s New Groove, Robin Hood, 101 Dalmatians and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Daily, varied showtimes. Cinemark Seven Bridges. $5. All ages. Event details.
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