With millions of Instagram posts tagged #slime and an endless loop of goopy YouTube tutorials, slime is oozing out just about everywhere. If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve experienced a slime-related clogged sink or carpet cleaning emergency. Slime has become a tactile trend that serves as a meditative moment for some and a STEM-based learning opportunity for all. Start your slime journey by whipping up your own batch with this Museum of Science and Industry approved recipe, then set off on a slimy adventure by attending one of the following slime workshops or even a SlimeFest.

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Chicago Slime Bash
Billed as the ‘World’s Largest Slime Convention’, the Slime Bash is bringing the best slimers in the biz to far west suburban St. Charles. The star of the event is Youtuber Madison Rae, who launched a slime-based company of her very own after noticing that few stores carried slime-making-worthy glue. This two-day affair, hosted at Pheasant Run Resort, will give slimemakers the chance to meet the stars of slime, shop Slime Alley, where local slimemakers can sell their slimy concoctions and a dedicated Slime Pit where workshops will teach up-and-coming slimemakers the latest recipes, tips and trends.

Dates: March 30-31, 2019
Pheasant Run Resort
4051 E. Main St., St. Charles
Online: Slimebash.com

photo: Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon SlimeFest 
Nickelodeon started the slime trend back in the ’80’s, when it famously began dumping the green goo on celebrities. This summer, the Nick crew will be bringing bucketfuls of its trademark, fluorescent green slime to the Nickelodeon SlimeFest, a two-day family friendly music festival in Chicago hosted at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Headliner JoJo Siwa will lead the festivities which promise a variety of slime-filled workshops and games, mosh pit audience slimings throughout the day and slime-themed photo opportunities galore.

Dates: June 8 & 9
Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
1300 S. Linn White Dr., Near Southside
Online: Nickslimefest.com

Messy Time Slime Classes at Kid Create Studio Lakeview
Lakeview’s brand new Kid Create Studio is hosting several drop-in, slime-centered workshops where your kids ages 4-9 can express their slime creativity minus the at-home prep and mess. The Insane Slime Workshop promises to take slimemaking to the next level, while the Glitter and Slime Workshop adds a rainbow of glitz to the mix. Mommy’s Time Off Messy Muck and Other Stuff keeps the focus on all things slimy, sticky and messy. More slime-centered classes will be added to the roster, so check the schedule early and often at

Kid Create Studio
3709 N. Southport, Lakeview
Online: kidcreatestudio.com

photo: Josh Hallett via flickr

Kids Slime Workshops at Local Color Art Studio
Local Color Art Studio  in Pilsen is the place to be for kids looking to add more slime styles to their repertoire. Kids will whip up slime batches in different colors and mix in some sparkle with glitter and other fun add-ins. Intended for ages 4 – 14, each drop-in workshop costs just $12. Check out the robust schedule of upcoming classes and register STAT via Eventbrite.

Local Color Art Studio
2151 W. 79th St., Pilsen
Online: artstudiolocalcolor.com

—Amy Bizzarri