Round, round, round you go. Where do you stop? At one of these awesome, family-friendly events. Summer festival season is still going strong, with Retro on Roscoe in the mix this weekend. Plus, you can check out the touring Cirque du Soleil show, say “hi” to the Bears at a kickoff event, and chow down on hot dogs at Chicago History Museum. Have fun!
Retro on Roscoe
Have fun at this family favorite as your kiddos rock out to bands on the family stage, bounce in inflatables or create artistic masterpieces. Car and motorcycle fanatics love the classic cars at every turn, and the ‘80s music from six stages is the perfect beat for taking in it all. Held Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon – 10 p.m. at Damen Ave. & Roscoe St. $10/person suggested donation. All ages. Event details.
Chicago Hot Dog Fest
This year’s fest will feature food from an array of local hot dog vendors, live music covering hits from the 60’s through the 90’s, family-friendly activities and appearances from history-wielding hot dog experts. Families can ketchup on quality time with crafts, face-painting, rides and kids can dec themselves out like hot dogs and mug for the camera. Held Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at Chicago History Museum. Free. All ages. Event details.
Kids Day at Sherwood Community Music School
This kid-tastic Columbia College of Chicago music school is opening a variety of group classes so families can experience their offerings firsthand. No experience is necessary to explore any of their music, dance, theatre and visual arts classes that include a piano lab, rhythm exploration with hand drums, nature-inspired crafts and a puppet theater. Held Held Fri. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Ages 2-8. Event details.
The Bears Family Fest
see head coach John Cox and the 2015 Bears gear up for the first time at Soldier Field. Festivities outside the stadium begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Bears practice and team scrimmage at 11:35 a.m. Families can enjoy interactive games, alumni autographs, giveaways, live music and more. Held Sat., 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $8-$12/person. All ages. Event details.
Millennium Park Family Fun Fest
Yay! It’s back for a summer of interactive activities, sing-a-longs and circle dances from Old Town School of Folk, delightful story times, and arts and crafts for kids of all ages. There is new entertainment daily — so return often. Held thru Aug. 23 (10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily) at Chase Promenade North. Free. All ages. Event details.
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Musical
Venture under the sea with spunky Ariel and her saltwater-loving friends on an adventure to find true love with the handsome Prince Eric. Based on the full-length Broadway musical, this 75-minute production features special opportunities for audiences to interact with the actors for photos and chit-chat. Held thru Aug. 16 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. $34/adult; $22/ages 12 & under. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities
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. Held Thurs.-Sept. 20 at United Center. Tickets starting at $35. All ages. Event details.
Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney
LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will be dazzled as they search for 13 larger-than-life, nature-inspired LEGO sculptures throughout the east side of 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, a hummingbird sipping nectar from a colorful trumpet flower, an 8-foot dragonfly and more! Held thru Nov. 1. $14/adults (18–64); $12/seniors; $9/child (2–17); children 1 & under free. All ages. Event details.
Pirate Adventure Island at LEGOLAND Discovery Center
All hands on deck! Be among the first lads and lassies to experience this new attraction. Dress in your best pirate attire and set sail on an seafaring adventure for hidden treasure. Discover hidden sea creatures, spar in a pirate battle or walk the plank. Held all summer long. $18/person. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Tell us in the comments!
— Kelly Aiglon & Maria Chambers
Photo: Retro on Roscoe