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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

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

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

Family Camping

Calumet Park | Chicago, Ill.

Take a nature hike, go fishing, learn basic camping principles and enjoy a campfire. Learn basic camping skills from our experts; camping and fishing equipment will be provided. Bring your own sleeping bag and brown bag lunches. Hotdogs and marshmallows will be provided.

When: 2 p.m.-10 a.m.
Cost: $50 family (up to six members)

The Sweet Ride

Morkes Chocolates | Palatine, Ill.

A unique, non-competitive adventure that takes bicyclists throughout Palatine, starting and stopping at six locations, tasting chocolate treats along the way. All  profits go to an all-volunteer senior dog rescue organization, Young at Heart, who
will have some of their adoptable pets available to meet at one of the stops. Basic ride is 10-11 miles, mostly flat.

When: 8 a.m.
Cost: $35, $30 in advance; $25 kids 5-12, $20 in advance; free kids 5 and under

Laugh Shack

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Try out some goofy faces, learn a wacky walk or build an arsenal of original knock-knock jokes. Once your material is ready, it's time to hit the stage and showcase your best bits at the Children's Museum's own comedy club.


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