The fest-within-West Fest runs on Saturday and Sunday and features many activities including train rides, bouncy houses, bean bag toss, ring toss, balloon darts, football toss, bottle toss, photo booth and an obstacle course. The Kid Fest Stage is booked by the Beat Kitchen and features a family-friendly lineup from Mary Macaroni to the Environmental Encroachment Marching Band. 100% of proceeds benefit Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy.
Join a guided parent/child nature walk in the woods to look at trees, wildflowers, and creatures. No strollers, please. Registration required.
Make an ice cream sundae, learn to churn butter, watch cheese-making demonstrations, play a milk-bottle toss game, and play music from the 1800s.
Someone has stolen a treasured artifact from the museum, and teams must solve this history mystery – Clue style.
A day of free food, fun and learning to raise awareness for GIST (Gastro Intestinal Stromal Tumors) cancer. Includes tasting tables from Chicago's top bakeries and restaurants, arts and crafts, giveaways, live band and plenty of entertainment for the kids. Plus, contribute to our Guinness World Record attempt for the largest display of origami boats. Register at https://liferaftgroup.org/events/gist-awareness-day-chicago-flagship-event/
Celebrate the music of some of America's most beloved animated films. This month focuses on the flora and fauna themed songs of this canon.
Set against the backdrop of the 1896 Yukon Gold Rush, The Two Gentlemen of Verona features prospectors, saloon gals, and outlaws. Follow this zany troupe as they travel from Verona to Yukon to seek their fortune and find love. This family-friendly, 90-minute version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a great introduction to Shakespeare as well as a new take on a classic comedy. Patrons are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and/or chairs to this outdoor production. For more information, visit www.spectralia.org.
Enter a tree house village filled with adventure and
imagination. Play, make believe, and become part of the trees'
ever-changing tale. The exhibition is comprised of six fun-filled,
educational tree houses, aimed at kids 2-10.
Children can immerse themselves in backstage preparation, perform routines in center ring or manage the behind-the-scenes action of lights and sound. Plus, try making a circus balance toy or dress up like a clown.
Kids will be able
to explore the pet vet office and learn a new respect for creatures
as they nurse sick and injured animals back to health
on the examining and operating tables; examine
x-rays; get play animals clean; determine
what diet is best and make a healthy meal; climb
aboard a large format animal scale; help the lost pets
find their correct homes and clamber through the pet