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Family Fun Festival

Chicago, Ill.


A summer long fun festival featuring interactive activities, arts and crafts and games for kids. Highlights include daily appearances by Wiggleworms instructors at 10 a.m., daily reading circle at 11 a.m. and Movement Music Mondays at 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Kenosha, Wis.

More than 1,200 performers, artisans and merchants will take visitors on a trip through Elizabethan England with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music, and special entertainment. Kids Kingdom is an enclosed play area filled with oversized sand boxes, a climb-aboard pirate ship, interactive games, crafts and other child-friendly diversions.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends
Cost: $19.95, $9.50 kids, free kids 4 and under. Visit the website for discounted tickets

Albany Park World Fest

Chicago, Ill.

The northwest side neighborhood celebrates its melting pot diversity with food, music, arts & crafts and activities for kids and families.

When: Noon-10 p.m. Aug. 16-17
Cost: $5 donation

Edison Park Fest

Chicago, Ill.


Includes music, food, craft fair, dog show, bags tournament and basketball clinic. Kids' Play Area features a rock climbing wall and waterslide, and Children's Stage has kid-friendly performances, craft booths and a playground.

When: Visit website for schedule
Cost: Free

Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest | Chicago, Ill.


Includes a street art fair, indoor art displays, and live entertainment on three outdoor stages featuring 48 acts. KidFest Area features free hands-on arts activities. On both days, the South Stage offers family friendly circus, theater, dance and music acts (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

When: 6-10 p.m. Aug. 15; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 16-17
Cost: Free

Illinois State Fair

Springfield, Ill.

This event features entertainment, carnival, parade, kids' tent, petting zoo and animal shows.

When: Aug. 7-17. Grounds open 7 a.m.-midnight, buildings open 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $7, $3 kids 5-12 and seniors, free kids under 5

Indiana State Fair

Indianapolis, Ind.

Enjoy the farm animals, agricultural exhibits, competitive exhibitions and entertainment. Visit website for schedule of events. Aug. 7-23, 2015.

When: Gates open at 8 a.m. daily
Cost: $8 in advance, $12 at the gate; $5 parking

Taylor Street Festa Italiana


Features uthentic Italian activities, delectable Italian cuisine, cooking demos and live entertainment. Plus, a meatball-eating contest and grape-stomping.

When: 5-11 p.m. Aug. 14-15; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 16; noon-10 p.m. Aug. 17
Cost: $5, free kids 12 and under

WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders Tour

WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders Tour |


Event features movements and songs by the Miss Lori of Miss Lori’s CAMPUS and dialogic reading by WTTW’s tour manager, Mr. Brandon. Plus, interactive games that helps create excitement about reading. Following every 60 minute show, WTTW gives each child a bag comprised of special learning materials, resources for parents and caregivers, and a book. Check website for locations throughout the summer.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

WTTW Kids Great Food Fan Van


The WTTW Kids Great Food Fan Van educates parents and children about proper nutrition and delivers that message in a fun, interactive, two-hour performance that includes stretching, dancing, singing, healthy food sampling, and one-on-one nutritional guidance and education.  Each performance is lead by Miss Lori of Miss Lori’s CAMPUS and WTTW’s Mr. Brandon. Plus, an appearance and photo op with Arthur. Each event takes place within the "WTTW Kids Village" which has a stage area, sampling canopies, and a learning tent.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

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