Millennium Park's Family Fun Festival
Millennium Park Chase Promenade North
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
Taking place this year through Aug. 23 is Millennium Park's Family Fun Festival. This summer-long festival guarantees a lively experience for kids of all ages with activities, music, and arts and crafts. Bring the kids to sing-alongs and circle dances led by the Old Town School of Folk Music's famous Wiggleworms at 10 a.m., as well as reading circles at 11 a.m. Check out the family performances, which include live music and interactive dance sessions; Movement Mondays to shake away those lazy weekends with hip hop yoga, tap dance, hoopnotics, and more; and Activity Zones just brimming over with fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
North Avenue Beach
1600 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60613
Many adults in the Chicago area have very fond memories of of the Chicago Air & Water Show from the summers of their youth, and now they can bring the kids to give them the same awe inspiring experiences as well. The 2015 Chicago Air & Water Show will be taking place on August 15 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The largest free show of its kind anywhere in the country, this year marks the 56th annual Chicago Air and Water Show and will feature some of aviation's most thrilling civilian and military pilots zooming and soaring above Chicago's beautiful Lake Front. This year's headliners will include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs.
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624
All kids naturally like to explore and get their hands dirty, and the Garfield Park Conservatory is making it possible to do just that and to learn some things along the way. On Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m., bring the kids to Wild Wednesdays to discover some facts about plants, animals, and nature, all while having a blast along the way. Taking place in various locations, both indoor and out, in the Conservatory, kids can revel in the new Play and Grow Garden, make mud pies in the Soil Kitchen, built forts with natural materials, and so much more. Wild Wednesdays offer some of the best free family programming in the city, and in one of the most stunning atmospheres, offering positive benefits for children and adults alike.
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
An event that just screams summer - much like ice cream does - is a good fireworks show, and in Chicago you don't have to wait until Independence Day or a Bulls Championship win in order to see some. Every Wednesday and Saturday night from May 23 through Sept. 5 this year, come out to Navy Pier to enjoy a delight of the senses with stellar fireworks display on Lake Michigan. While expertly synchronized to music, there's just no better was to get the little ones oohing and aahing than a colorful and electrifying fireworks session, and the adults will be pretty impressed, too.
700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
From the Tinkering Lab to Treehouse Trails and so much more, the Chicago Children's Museum sounds fun even to the full-grown adults of Chicago. Located in Navy Pier, the Chicago Children's Museum offers free admission for all visitors on its Family Night, taking place on Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m., as well as Free First Sundays, which grants free admission for visitors 15 and younger on the first Sunday of each month. Experiences for young Chicagoans include constructing a skyscraper, fishing in a river, creating art to take home and so much more. With a mission of creating a community where play and learning connect, the Chicago Children's Museum delivers on this promise, and might even teach parents a thing or two along the way as well.
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