Photos by Hillary Bird
Fill your days in the last fling of the summer with things to do at home or around the Chicago area. We’ve rounded up virtual and in-person Labor Day events that you can enjoy with your family. There’s more than what we’ve got here, check out our full calendar.
Hosted By: PlayMakers Laboratory
PlayMakers Laboratory is taking its signature revue online with That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay, featuring a creative line-up of stories written by elementary school students, adapted and performed by professional actors using virtual means. That’s Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay will include stories from PML’s “Submit Your Story Challenge,” which encourages students from across the nation to submit stories from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hosted By: Buddha Belly Kids Yoga
Buddha Belly Kids Yoga is dedicated to nurturing kids’ innate desire for movement and play. Each class centers around a theme and is created with an educator’s touch. In storybook yoga, we flow through a sequence of fun and creative poses that embody the story; bringing literature to life. From here, the magic of yoga unfolds.
Hosted By: Fox Valley Folklore Society & The Geneva Park District
Music and storytellers will appear on three virtual “stages” throughout the weekend. Check the schedule for workshops and open mic opportunities.
Where: Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Apsáalooke Women and Warriors (pronounced “Ahp-SAH-luh-guh”) explores the history, values, and beliefs of this Native American community known for their horsemanship, artistic pursuits, and matriarchal ways of life, including the tradition of “counting coup”—performing acts of bravery.
Where: Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield
Dinos Everywhere features acres of earth shakers, including the largest—argentinosaurus—that was estimated to measure more than 100 feet in length and weigh up to 110 tons. Zoogoers will be able to search for these 45 amazing life-like animatronics that will be located throughout the park.
Where: DuPage County Fair, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton
Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru takes families on an interactive tour with 80 life-sized dinosaurs. While exploring the path, little paleontologists can also listen to an audio tour to learn more about the prehistoric creatures. The roaring experience will include a 40-foot Tyrannosaurus rex, 30-foot brachiosaurus, baby dinosaurs and more.
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This story originally published on Aug. 23, 2019. It has been updated with the most recent information.