It’s time to show pops that he’s tops. Celebrate Father’s Day in just about any way you want — watch a film festival, dance at a street fair, cheer at a circus, play soccer in honor of the World Cup, or reach out and touch a stingray. You can do it all this weekend. Here are our picks for the top attractions.
Father’s Day Family Film Series
The Facets Family Film Series always sweeps in with a great international selection of films, and this month’s installment is all about dads. Check out flicks from Sweden, Norway, Italy, Taiwan, Germany, England and Russia. The 9:30 a.m. show is for ages 8 & under; the 11 a.m. show is for older kiddos. Held Sat. at Facets Multi-Media. $9/adults; $6/children. Event details.
Wicker Park & Lakeview
Olaf’s Summer Party
Olaf will be pretty excited to finally be in his element. Building Blocks Toy Store is hosting a meet and greet with a costumed character so kids can finally bump elbows with their favorite snowman. It wouldn’t be summer without umbrella drinks, temporary tattoos and balloons. Held Sat., 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Wicker Park store; noon-2 p.m. at the Lakeview store. Free. All ages. Event details.
Kidical Mass Family Bike Ride
Pedal four miles with your kids through historical residential neighborhoods. Kidical Mass bike rides are enjoyable for kids who use training wheels as well as those who are more advanced. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Meet at 3064 W. Palmer Blvd. Free. All ages. Event details.
Cirque Shanghai: Warriors
Get ready for oohs and aahs. This spectacle of acrobats and stunts includes thrilling acts like The Kinetic Poles, the Water Meteor and the Pageant of Arms. If that’s not enough to get your blood pumping, returning from last year is the fate-tempting Wheel of Destiny and the steel-globe motorcycle troupe Imperial Thunder. Opens Wed. & runs thru Sept. 1. Navy Pier Skyline Stage. $15.50-$39.50. All ages. Event details.
Father’s Day Mini Photo Sessions
Celebrate Dad with a sweet or silly photo session at the Kooky Kids store. All sessions include a 4 x 6 print with an option for additional high resolution prints at $10 a piece. Strike a pose with your family and pick your favorite from 3-5 images. Sat., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. $25/session. All ages. Event details.
Stingray Touch Exhibit
Are they soft, fluffy or rough? Find out what a stingray feels like during a 15-minute touch session. Along with learning about different species (including cownose and yellow stingrays) and their wild habitats, you’ll see just how docile and friendly these ocean swimmers can be. Opens Friday & runs thru Sept. 1. Shedd Aquarium. Add-on $5/non-members; $3/members; included in Total Experience Pass (adult/$39.95; child ages 3-11/$30.95); free for children 0-2. All ages. Event details.
World Cup Kids’ Soccer Celebration
Calling all soccer fans! The World Cup is back. Kick around some fun of your own with Lil’ Kickers Chicago in a youth soccer tournament. In addition to soccer, there will be face painting, crafts and snacks. Sat., noon-2 p.m. $15-$20. Ages 6-12. Event details.
This choo-choo extravaganza features both classic and contemporary trains on display. Some are even open for exploring! A carnival, live entertainment and food make for an enjoyable day. Thurs. & Fri., 5-10:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
Art & Garden Street Fair
Music is in the air at this family fest. Hometown favorites, Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players and Ralph’s World, will rock out. Kids can also be transported to a fairy dream land while they learn about woodland crafts or get in on an art-science gardening workshop. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Martin Avenue & Ridge Road. Free. All ages. Event details.
How are you spending Father’s Day weekend? Let us know in the Comments below!
— Kelly Aiglon & Natasha Davis
Photo: “Superdad” courtesy of Facets Multi-Media