Up, up and away you go on a choose-your-own adventure. Will it be drive-in movies at Morton Arboretum? Blue Man Group and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in Millennium Park? Midsommarfest in Andersonville? A fun run at Cosley Zoo in Wheaton? Wherever you go, fun will follow. Start here.
Taste of St. Stan’s Carnival
Carnival season is in full swing, and this option has it all. Dig into homemade American and Spanish food, or make a beeline for the thrill rides. There will also be family games, cash raffles, and DJs spinning house, jazz, reggae and doo-wop. Held Thurs., 5-9 p.m.; Fri., 5-11 p.m.; Sat., 2-11 p.m.; Sun., noon-10 p.m. St. Stanislaus Kostka School. Free. All ages. Event details.
In the heart of Chicago’s historically Swedish neighborhood, you’ll enjoy music, dancing, kids’ entertainment and food. Check out unique craft vendors and sample the local talent with ethnic dance troupes ands bands on five stages. Held Fri.-Sun. Clark & Foster streets. Suggested donation Fri. $5; Sat. & Sun. $10; free for kids under 1. All ages. Event details.
Blue Man Group & Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra
Blue Man Group is going classical. See how they combine their multi-sensory experience, theatrics and comedy with the musical stylings of some of the most talented kids in the Chicago area. The two iconic groups come together to perform pieces from Khachaturian, Wagner and others. Sun., 6:30 p.m. Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Free. All ages. Event details.
This interactive circus exhibition is perfect for the mini Ringling brothers in your life. There are several fantastic stations where children can pretend they are flying high on the trapeze, spinning inside a giant hoop and balancing on the tightrope. And what circus would be complete without a dress-up extravaganza? Ongoing. Chicago Children’s Museum. Included in museum general admission ($14/children; $14/children; free for children under 1). All ages. Event details.
Drive-in Movies at The Morton Arboretum
Does anyone remember the drive-in? Going to the movies was once a big event, and now you can share that excitement with your kids. In June, the environment is in trouble with “The Lorax” on Friday and a vintage adventure is on the horizon in “The Goonies” on Saturday. Show times at 9 p.m. $40/vehicle. All ages. Event details.
The Lil’ Pool Opening
Escape the summer heat with a whole new take on a neighborhood pool. Your whole fam will have plenty to do with two shallow ends, a deep end, slide and pool basketball. Younger children will also enjoy the splash pad. Opening day is Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
Zippity Zoo Run
Race through animal habitats at Cosley Zoo. Kids can participate in a 1/2-mile run through the zoo, while parents participate in the 5k or 10k Run for the Animals. Be enchanted by all of the amazing creatures while they cheer you on. Sat., 7:30 a.m. $15-$20. Ages 6-12. Event details.
World’s Fair at Kohl Children’s Museum
Whiz around the world — no suitcase required. With help from Cultural Care Au Pair, your children will be taken on a whirlwind adventure through Germany, Thailand, Brazil, Colombia and Poland. The event includes snacks, craft projects, face painting and more. Sun., 3-5 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
A Vintage Baseball Game
Baseball is considered a classic American pastime, but we are used to the bright lights and big spectacle. Have you ever wonder what baseball might have looked like in the 19th century? Now you can find out. Watch the Aurora Town Club take on the Somonauk Blue Stockings with the rules and customs of the mid-1800s. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Blackberry Farm. Free with general Farm admission. All ages. Event details.
What’s on your agenda this weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below!
— Kelly Aiglon & Natasha Davis
Photo: Dave Walker via Flickr