Lace up your comfy shoes because we’re going to keep you on the move! Sing along with the magnetic Wendy Morgan, take in a traveling circus show, kick off Oktoberfest season and so much more. Read on for ideas to pack fun into your weekend.
photo: Oak Park’s Oaktoberfest
IN THE CITY
Hejsan – Story & Craft Hour
Hear a story of immigration at Brunk Children’s Museum’s story and craft hour on the 3rd Friday of each month. While there is no additional cost to attend, reservations are appreciated and can be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Fri. Event details.
Pet a Stingray at Shedd Aquarium’s Stingray Touch
Get up close and personal with stingrays at the Shedd Aquarium’s Stingray Touch exhibit. Dip your hand into a shallow tropical pool to find out what a stingray feels like. Feel their unique texture as they glide through the water in Shedd’s first outdoor environment. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Take the Rubik’s Cube Challenge
Do you know someone addicted to solving cubes? Professor Ernő Rubik’s brainteaser is the world’s most popular puzzle and one of the best selling toys of all time for good reason. Participants in the Rubik’s Cube Challenge can choose 3 of the following 5 cubes to solve: 2×2, 3×3, Pyraminx, Megaminx or Mirror Cube. Using Speed Stacks timing mats, players will try to solve the cube as quickly as possible. Sat. Event details.
Come One, Come All! 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. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
IN THE ‘BURBS
Rock and Roll with Wendy Morgan
Wendy Morgan loves to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and just having a great time! Her original songs encourage children to use their imaginations, teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and show kids how to have fun with words. Fri. Event details.
Glenview Haus’ 5th Annual Oktoberfest Tent Party
Inspired by the world’s most popular German event, Glenview “Haus” will host the North Shore’s most exciting and authentic all-day Oktoberfest celebration this side of Munich. The 5th annual festival will feature authentic grub, grog and live German music in the Oktoberfest tent located in the railroad parking lot directly west of the restaurant. Families of all ages can join in on the merriments with a jump house from and face painting. Sat. Event details.
Last Few Weeks: Ribbit! The Exhibit Hops Into Morton Arboretum
Hop over to The Morton Arboretum for Ribbit! The Exhibit, a whimsical collection of larger-than-life copper frog sculptures. The exhibit features 19 displays of five- to seven-foot-tall frogs taking part in a variety of activities, including playing instruments, catching butterflies and meditating on a lily pad. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Glow Jump at Pump it Up
The only thing better than jumping at Pump it Up is glowing at Pump It Up. Kids will have the time of their lives playing in the massive inflatables with special FX lighting that makes white clothing glow in the dark. Fri. Event details.
Identification Day at the Field Museum
The Field Museum will host its 3rd annual Identification Day on a day that’s free for Illinois residents. Is there a mysterious fossil you found while backpacking or a picture of the bizarre bird in your backyard? Bring in your fossils, seashells, rocks, meteorites, feathers, leaves or photographs of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, flowers and insects for world-renowned scientists to identify! Stop by, with or without mystery objects to see (and touch) the scientific specimens on display. Sat. Event details.
Downtown Oak Park’s Oaktoberfest
Take the traditional Oktoberfest to the next level with Oaktoberfest. This two-day event offers live music, a Kids’ Root Beer Garden, ninja obstacle course, zucchini car races, kid games and activities, and adult beverage and food offerings. Fri. & Sat. Event details.
Hofbräuhaus Chicago Oktoberfest
The sister location to the legendary original in Munich is surprisingly family friendly on weekend afternoons. In a grand dining hall packed with communal tables, you can get excited about a rotating array of European musicians that play oompah music on stage (brace yourself for the chicken dance). There are also kids’ parades and games, and you might even see an aplhorn, a long horn used by Swiss mountain dwellers. Come hungry for traditional german fare. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.
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— Maria Chambers