It’s Father’s Day weekend! And Summer Solstice weekend! The longest day of the year comes with extra sun and fun. Grab Dad and head to one of the great family events around town. A new bird show gets liftoff at Brookfield Zoo, a mega LEGO exposition hits town, the Green Music Fest kids’ area is rocking … and lots more.
Green Music Fest Family Fun Fest
This is the fest-within-a-fest you have to hit this summer. The massive kids’ area keeps the overarching ecofriendly theme in mind, with crafts made from recycled materials, bike ambassadors and a gig by Mother Earth herself, Miss Jamie from the Farm. Held Sat. & Sun., noon-5 p.m. at Damen & North avenues. Suggested donation for admission, $5. All ages. Event details.
Musical Happy Hour With Dad
Kick off the Father’s Day fun with a musical adventure. Sit down with Stomp & Shout Chicago to expand language abilities, build self-esteem and develop listening skills – gotta love that! The ticket includes the class and a cookie. Held Fri., 4-5 p.m. at Heritage Littles. $5. Ages 8 months to 5 years. Event details.
Paschke in the Park Family Art Event
Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Ed Paschke Art Center and what would have been the late local artist’s 76th birthday. The kid-tastic event features art projects, food and entertainment in a lush green space. Held Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
“Moby Dick” On Stage
Arrr, matey! Captain Ahab and his swashbuckling crew are looking for young or seasoned pirates to set sail with them on a harrowing journey of fate vs. free will as they go up against the sea monster, Moby Dick. Join them as madness rages like the angry sea in this family-friendly show, presented by Lookingglass Theatre Company. Held thru Aug. 9 at Water Tower Water Works. Tickets start at $40. Ages 7 & up. Event details.
Brickworld LEGO Exposition
Do your kids wish they lived in a LEGO universe? Good news: They can make it (almost) a reality here. There are about 30 million LEGOs in one room, with displays built by LEGO master builders and former LEGOland designers. Held Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Renaissance Convention Center. $11/person; free for children 3 & under. All ages. Event details.
This long-running, adorably quirky fest is full of surprises and novelty acts around every corner. Think puppet shows, comedy troupes, fire eaters, musicians, artists and more. Held Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at Custer Avenue & Main Street. Free. All ages. Event details.
“Chagall for Children” Exhibit
Step inside the world of world-renowned painter, printmaker and designer, Marc Chagall. Encourage your budding artist to explore light, color, composition and texture. With 14 multi-sensory stations, curious kiddos are sure to discover something new during each visit. Held thru Sept. 6 at Kohl Children’s Museum. $11/children & adults; children under 1 are free. Ages 2-12. Event details.
29th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Your wee ones will enjoy the crowning of the Heather Queen and her court and the carnival attractions, while you, dear lass/lad, take in the Rugby Exhibition, Celtic music, Highland dance competition, haggis eating and hurling. Held Fri., 4-10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-9 p.m. at Hamilton Lakes. Tickets start at $5 for children 3 & up. All ages. Event details.
“Festival of Flight” Bird Show
This 30-minute interactive shows features nearly 20 species of birds, including the hooded vulture, black-crowned crane, red-tailed hawk, harpy eagle and umbrella cocatoo. It’s a wild and wonderful demo of free-flight natural behavior. Held every Fri. this sumer at 1:30, 3:30 & 7 p.m. at Brookfield Zoo. Free with zoo admission. All ages. Event details.
How are you celebrating Father’s Day weekend? Tell us in the Comments!
— Kelly Aiglon & Maria Chambers
photo: Green Music Fest