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Chicago Air and Water Show

Chicago, Ill.


One of Chicago's longest-running events, the show includes a wide variety of civilian acts with daredevil pilots performing their aerial stunts in the skies above Lake Michigan.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 16-17
Cost: Free

Chicago Kids and Family Yoga Fest

Chicago, Ill.


Festival helps celebrate, support and promote this mission of peace and
non-violence amongst our communities. Features a variety of activities for all children and families to experience, including interactive classes and workshops, a family scavenger hunt, music, a dance party, art studio and fire performance. The Kids’ Table and Chicago Kids Yoga LLC will provide free snacks and VitaCoco brings beverages.

When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 17
Cost: Free

Festival of the Horse and Drum Pow Wow

St. Charles, Ill.

Includes Native American dancing and drumming; native and multicultural vendors; Nakota Horse Conservancy; tipi contest; Renaissance Faire; Bird of Prey exhibit; Medallion the stallion; kids' corral with pony rides; horse demos and more.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 16; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 17
Cost: Check website

Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Learn about the summer festivals (matsura) celebrated in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to performances of Kokyo Taiko (Taiko drumming) and Chicago Koto Group (koto harp), enjoy traditional storytelling from Anne Shimojima, and watch a tea ceremony by the students of Dr. Nakashima. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate summer-create a paper fan, make a kite, and gyotaku fish prints at family-friendly, hands-on stations.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 16-17
Cost: Free; $20 parking


Garfield Park Conservatory | Chicago, Ill.


Event includes healthy food and drinks, interactive workshops, classes and presentations, an art studio, 2 music stages, family scavenger hunt, family friendly fire jam, Chic-a-go-go dance party (being filmed on-site), acro yoga demonstrations, yoga slack lining, henna artists, drum bands, photo booth, mindful business expo and face painting.

When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

Civil War Days

Blackberry Farm | Aurora, Ill.

A full-scale reenactment on the historic grounds of Blackberry Farm, featuring simulated battles between Union and Confederate soldiers. Guest speakers and interpreters stage numerous demonstrations of 1800s-era war life, including a special “Meet the Lincolns” on Saturday that features a conversation with President and Mrs. Lincoln. Games and toys of Civil War days highlight each day.

When: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 16; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 17
Cost: Free with admission

Living History Open House

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.


Volunteers in historical attire will be on hand to answer questions, offer tours and demonstrate skills appropriate to the season. There will be several special presentations during the event focusing on the history of the house, its residents and the region during World War II.  Remembrances of the Schaefer and Steinmetz families, who resided in the house during this era in time, including copies of old family photos, will be featured at about 2 p.m.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Art in the Park

Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park | Skokie, Ill.


Free sculpture-making event for kids. Supplies are provided.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free


Fox River Trolley Museum | South Elgin, Ill.

Vintage trolleys and trains run in conjunction with South Elgin Riverfest Express.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $4, $3 seniors, $2 kids 3-11, free under 3; $8 all-day pass

Lil' Kickers Back-to-School Soccer Bash

Max McCook Athletic & Exposition | McCook, Ill.


Highlights include a bouncy house, games, face painting, crafts, activities and complimentary snacks.

When: 3-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

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