Bye, bye, May — we’re heading into even sunnier days. Say hello to June at Wicker Park’s coolest outdoor family festival, the La Grange pet parade, a princess and superhero party, and more. We have the scoop on how to make it a month to remember.
Do Division Street Fest
It’s an adult rager by night and partly a kiddie fun fest by day. Get creative at the Easel Art Studio Craft Tent, get their faces painted, and pick up a balloon animal and a goodie bag. There will be train rides as well as pony rides. Your kids can even get punk rock hairdos. Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m. At Hoyne St. & Crystal Ave. $5 donation for admission. All ages. Event details.
Princess and Superhero Party
See Spiderman skits, help Cinderella find her glass slipper and sing along with Elsa. This fantastical bash also features balloon making, face painting, dancing and photo opps. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Chop Shop. $30, 1 adult & 1 child; $50, adult with 2 children. 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. Runs thru Sept. 1. Navy Pier Skyline Stage. $15.50-$39.50. All ages. Event details.
Día del Niño Health Walk & Family Festival
Have fun and get healthy! The National Museum of Mexican Art has put together activities like face painting and live performances, as well as free health screenings and a two-mile walk from the museum to the UIC Forum. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Festival held at UIC Forum. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
If you love the book, you’ll flip out for this play, brought here by the acclaimed Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, in collaboration with Chicago Children’s Theatre. It features innovative puppetry, music and black-light visual effects that appeal to young eyes. Runs thru Sun. Ruth Page Theater. Tickets start at $20. Ages 2 & up. Event details.
Yip, yip, hurray. Our favorite suburban procession is back. It will feature marching bands, kids showing off their pets, floats and clowns. There’s also a costume contest for you and your pet to win some fabulous prizes. Sat., 9:30-11 a.m. Cossitt Avenue & La Grange Road. Free. All ages. Event details.
Donley’s Wild West Town
Ride, shoot, and take a trip back in time at this cowboy theme park, which is now open for another bang-up season. Set off on a canoe water ride and mini roller coaster called Runaway Mine Cars. Cool down in the ice cream parlor attached to an old-fashioned movie theater that reels silent films. Your little cowboys can safely learn to use slingshots with balloon targets, get a cattle-roping lesson, and draw back a kid-friendly bow at an archery range. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. thru Aug. 23; weekends only thereafter thru fall. $16/person; children under 2 free. All ages. Event details.
Frontier Kite Fly Festival
Look to sky for a day of fun. Learn to fly a kite or watch demonstrations from pros. There will also be food trucks with pizza, Indian food and Kona treats, as well as live entertainment throughout the day. Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Frontier Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Which of these events will you head to? Let us know in the Comments section below!
— Kelly Aiglon & Natasha Davis
Photo: Do Division