Complete with carnival rides, funnel cakes, live music and tons of food from local vendors. Plus, the North Shore Taco Fest brings together the region’s best taco-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks to offer a wide range of mouth-watering taco creations.
Enjoy cuisine from River North restaurants, merchants, artists and music. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago & Kohl’s Cares have teamed up to present the Kid Zone with family entertainment, the Ward Park playground, dancing, face painters, stilt walkers, balloon artists and various demos from local schools and organizations. The tent is staffed by the Lurie Children’s Community Volunteer Corps, who help teach kids about bike, pedestrian and safety.
Get close to a big rig and enjoy the music of country rocker Joe Kalish. Star in a game show , competing with other families or friends in high-energy Versus or 5-minute rounds of Trivia Blitz, a game similar to Jeopardy. It’s also Cruise Night (bring your cool wheels) and stay for Movie in the Park (“Monster Trucks”) at 8:30 pm. Food trucks on site.
Kids learn about military rockets in a fun and safe environment. Experiment with basic principles of rocketry and launch different types of rockets. Enjoy a rare opportunity to pick up a WWII “Super Bazooka,” a Vietnam era LAW and other modern rocket launchers. All students take home an Estes rocket. June 23; July 6 and 24; Aug. 4.
Make galactically delicious treats that may include Wookiee cookies, edible light sabers, Obi-Wan-kebobs or Yoda soda punch.
This family friendly show combines dance, theater and lots of laughs. Kids help tell the tale of Ricky the Rabbit and his adventure around Chicago.
A full day of professional and amateur bike racing near Wilder Park and around Elmhurst College. Register for the Family Fun Bike Parade and ride a couple laps on the same course as the pros. Plus, enjoy family fun, food & entertainment in Wilder Park. All surplus proceeds support community charities in Elmhurst and DuPage County. For more information, visit elmbike.com.
Visitors will be awed by 25 displays of metal sculptures based on the traditional Japanese art of paper folding as they walk paths through the Arboretum’s spectacular landscape. Created by Santa Fe-based artists Kevin and Jennifer Box, the exhibit features installations, gallery works, and the Boxes' own compositions, as well as collaborative works with some of the world’s top origami artists.
Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.
Dinos & Dragons will feature 17 animatronic creatures, including the Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Chinese dragon. Along the winding outdoor path, guests can explore the origins of myths and legends through culture, literature, and paleontology that is illustrated on signage. Inside a tented area, zoogoers can get up-close views of live reptiles, including a 6-foot-long Komodo dragon, seen for the first time at Brookfield Zoo. The temporary exhibit will also have hands-on activities, as well as a dinosaur dissection lab, dino dig boxes, and an excavation site.