Hear that? It’s the flutter of little fairy wings. Get ready — Fairy Festival is returning to Pilcher Park in Joliet. (Yes, it’s worth the drive.) Wave your wand doing outdoor family activities, and save time for other fun weekend happenings. There’s a Cinco de Mayo fiesta at the zoo, a Frozen party at Little Beans, the Kids & Kites Festival at Cricket Hill, and more.



Fairy Festival
Fly away to Pilcher Park for a gathering of fairies young and old. Float along fairy flower walks. Create enchanted crafts including your fairy wand. Learn some important fairy words and savor fairy food. Don’t forget to wear your wings! Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pilcher Park. $10/festival; $15/breakfast + festival. All ages. Event details.


Kids & Kites Festival
Up, up and away — watch your kids send their kites soaring up into the air. Learn some new tips on how to fly a kite, see professional kite flying demonstrations, get your face painted and marvel at balloon artists. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Cricket Hill. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Cinco de Mayo Piñata Party
Time for a fiesta! Help the zookeepers create colorful, edible piñatas full of the animals’ favorite foods. Then watch your favorite creatures rip into and enjoy your creation. Sat. & Sun., 1-3:30 p.m. at Lincoln Park Zoo. $5/person; $4/zoo members. All ages. Event details.

Roscoe Village

Family Fun Day, 5K Walk, Fun Run & Carnival
Kids are in the lead as everyone goes at their own fun pace for a 5K walk and fun run. After that, have a blast with a kids’ obstacle course, carnival games, glittery tattoos and face painting. Then rock out with School of Rock and see what’s up at the animation station. Sun., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at DeVry University – Chicago Campus. $40/family for full day; $20/family for carnival only. All ages. Event details.

Navy Pier

Free Play Time at Chicago Children’s Museum
Investigate the power of water, climb the schooner or walk the tree house trails. When you’re done, explore ‘kid city’ or go on an expedition for dinosaur bones. There’s plenty of fun to be had. And today, kids ages 15 and under get in free! Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Event details.


Touch a Truck Family Festival
Make your car-crazed kid’s dreams come true at the Kohl Children’s Museum’s 10th annual event. Climb aboard and explore many super-sized vehicles such as fire engines, dump trucks, semis and tractors. Enjoy a day of food, sweet treats, music, face painting, and rides on the Great Chicago Kiddie Express, a child-sized train. Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fields Land Rover BMW. Advance purchase: $35/family; day-of: $40/family. All ages. Event details.


Little Beans Cafe “Frozen” Bash
Join Princesses of Arendelle for a Frozen bash you won’t forget. Play, sing your favorite Frozen songs, and take pictures with Anna and Elsa in the Karaoke Room. Enjoy treats, crafts, and fun as you “Let It Go” and dream of “In Summer.” Sun., 1-3 p.m. $20/1 child; $35/2 children; $45/3 children. Ages 12 & under. Event details.


Go Fly a Kite in Graf Park
Help break a festival record of 843 kites in the air simultaneously. Kites will launch at 11 a.m. Your spirits will really soar during the Highest Flying Kite Contest, the kids’ mad dash and the candy drop. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

It’s May. Yay! What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the Comments!

— Kelly Aiglon & Marian Mangoubi

photo: Fairy Fest