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.
Explore the city's stories with your family through interactive activities, make-and-take crafts, music, performances, and more. April 12 and July 12: Prairie. Imagine what Chicago looked like before it was a city. Investigate the prairie plants that used to grow here: from gigantic flowers to far-reaching fields. May 10 and Aug. 9: Maps. Use a compass and connect artifacts to where they came from in the city. Follow clues and share stories. June 14: Artifacts. Find out what artifacts say about the city and its people. Touch, look, and talk about objects from Chicago’s past with your family.
Children of all ages will rediscover Dorothy's legendary journey through Oz with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion starring an ensemble of stars from Chicago and New York City's Theater District in this modern contemporary interactive performance with audience participation, costumes and digitally projected 3D scenery. This is an abbreviated, ninety minute twenty first century version of the musical Wizard of Oz starring professional adult actors geared towards young audiences and families. www.nyblackarts.com
Bring the family out for a magic show with music, storytelling, comedy and more.
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.
Beginning July 1, children can stop by for a list of participating stores, which each have a 6" Waldo figurine hidden somewhere on the premises. When the child finds him, that business's staff will give the child a card that says "I found Waldo at _____." Bring all the cards back for chances to win prizes.
Shoppers can stop by the store at 1940 N. Damen Ave. for tricks, treats, candy, games, and other activities. Costumes are encouraged.
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.
Exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversaries of 1970's Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive black characters for the first time in television history. It was the first time that cartoons like Josie And The Pussy Cats, Kid Power and Star Trek featured strong, positive black female characters. It was also the first time that black people like Bill Cosby and Berry Gordy led the development of animated television programming featuring black characters.
A live show that takes adventurous space explorers on an
immersive tour of the Solar System. Set in the future,
Destination Solar System flies audiences
from one end of the Solar System to the other in under 30 minutes,
from sizzling solar flares on the Sun to liquid methane lakes on
Saturn's moon, Titan. Passengers can travel hundreds of millions of
miles in just seconds on an adventure-filled tour led by Jesse, an
enthusiastic, knowledgeable yet "green" tour guide, and MAX, a
highly advanced, fully integrated onboard computer.