Chicago is full of culture, but you don't have to be all grown
up to appreciate and experience it. Get your kids exposed to
different cultures by bringing them to one of the many cultural
festivals available in our city.
At the African Festival of the Arts, for instance, families can
experience African culture through art, food and music. Start at
the Drum Village, where kids and adults (previous visitors have
included President Barack Obama) can play the drums and buy their
The Children's Pavilion has its own programming, including arts
and crafts activities. In the past it has also included face
painting, clowns and balloon makers, says Robin Price, events
coordinator of the African International House.
Bril Barrett performs tap dancing demonstrations and those
watching can try the moves out for themselves. The festival's food
court offers more than 30 food vendors including many with
Afro-centric foods, Price says.
Nonstop entertainment on the two different stages ranges from
Latin jazz to hip hop. Each member of the family can find something
to buy at the four different villages, which are defined by
products ranging from art to fashion.
With so many ways to experience the culture of Africa, your kids
won't even realize they're learning along the way.
• 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sept. 4-7
• 51st and Cottage Grove, Chicago
• (773) 955-2787
• Tickets are $15, $10 in advance, $5 kids 11 and under.
Daily family pass for two adults and four children under 12 costs
$30. Food costs extra.
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