Say “sayonara” to May! Leave the springiest of months behind in a big, fun way with these family events. Outdoor festival season has started hopping, so get your piece of the action at the Do Division Family Fun Fest. There’s also Family Days at Arlington International Racecourse, stingrays at the Shedd, Wild Kratts at Star Plaza and more. June will have a lot to live up to!
Do Division Family Fun Fest
The fest-within-a-fest created especially for families takes up two city blocks! Have a blast with Mad Science, Sarah Jayne Parker, Mary Macaroni, Music House student performances, LaSalle II choir, Future Hits, Trinity Irish Dancers, Ben Tatar and the Tater Tots, The Magnifiers, Smarty Pants Yoga and Zen Yoga Garage doing Kids Yoga. Phew! Held Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m. at Crystal & Hoyne streets. $5/person suggested donation for admission. All ages. Event details.
“Stingray Touch” at Shedd Aquarium
Don’t worry; they don’t sting! Dip your hand into a shallow tropical pool to find out what a stingray feels like. Feel their unique texture as they glide through the water in Shedd’s engaging outdoor environment. Held thru Nov. 2. Extra museum ticket required. All ages. Event details.
Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play”
If your pint-sized readers love Mo Willems’ beloved Elephant and Piggie series, this is the show for them. Join the cautious elephant, Gerald, and his playful Piggie pal on a music-filled journey to discover the true meaning of friendship. Held thru June 28 at Apollo Theater. Tickets start at $15. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Play Time with Bubbles Academy at Roosevelt Collection
Bring your little ones and enjoy FREE weekly children’s performances on the plaza. Sing, dance, create art and play all summer long! Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided. Held every Tues. & Sat., noon-12:30 p.m. Ages 5 & under. Event details.
Family Days at Arlington International Racetrack
See the horses up close 20 minutes prior to post. Ride a pony in the Junior Jockey Zone. Spend time with a juggler, musician and caricaturist. Jump around in the bounce house, and enjoy some down time with animals in the petting zoo. Held every Sun. thru Sept. 7. $8/adults; $2/children 17 & under. All ages. Event details.
Brain Freeze Ice Cream Eating Contest
The race is on to see who can eat 10 scoops of ice cream the fastest. The grand prize is $100 cash, and top winners in each age group win one FREE ice cream each week all summer. Held Sun., noon-2 p.m. at Capannari Ice Cream. $10/entry fee. All ages. Event details.
Jammin at the J with Mr. Dave and Little Miss Ann
The two stellar Chicago musicians are teaming up for a dynamic live concert that is sure to have you and your little ones out on the floor moving and shaking. Held Sun., 11 a.m.-noon at Mayer Kaplan JCC. $10/person. All ages. Event details.
Wild Kratts Live!
Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” and activate their Creature Power Suits to confront a villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal “wow facts,” the Wild Kratts team rescues its favorite invention from the villain’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe. Held Sun., 1 & 4:30 p.m. at Star Plaza Theatre. Tickets start at $29. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Tell us in the Comments!
— Kelly Aiglon & Marian Mangoubi
photo: Do Division Family Fun Fest