Family Fun

Family Fun Forecast: Farmers’ Market, Cirque du Soleil, and Chocolate Galore

Photo courtesy of Long Grove Chocolate Fest

Spring is in full swing. Head out to see some baseball, hit the streets for a few festivals, and make a stop at the farmers’ market!

Are You Ready for More Baseball?
Cubs or Sox tickets too expensive? Head to Rosemont, where Chicago’s independent baseball team the Chicago Dogs will start their season this year. The smaller ballpark is super-kid-friendly, with plenty of activities on the upper deck and fan-favorite foods like Vienna hot dogs and popcorn. Every Sunday is Family Sunday, with pregame autographs and $3 bottomless popcorns and sodas. Plus, former Cubs player Carlos Zambrano will make his major league comeback with the Dogs.
Details: Opening day, May 17; schedule here

Watch Acrobatics at Cirque du Soleil’s Volta
Cirque du Soleil returns with its latest production, Volta, a visually striking performance of all new acrobatics under the big top located in the south lot of Soldier Field. Be amazed by the colorful costumes and a captivating story line in true Cirque fashion.
Details: May 18–July 6 at Soldier Field’s south lot; $49 and up




Photo courtesy of Long Grove Chocolate Fest

Indulge in Chocolate Galore
Head north to the quaint town of Long Grove for a chance to indulge in all things chocolate, from chocolate kebabs to chocolate funnel cakes. The kids’ area is not to be missed, with more chocolate fun including crafts and a pie-eating contest. Dance off all the chocolate to some of Chicago’s favorite festival bands, including Sixteen Candles.
Details: May 17–19 at Historic Downtown Long Grove; $5 per person, children ages 12 and under free

Visit Green City Market
With the onset of warm weather, Chicago’s beloved Green City Market heads back outside to Lincoln Park, making it the perfect family-friendly place to spend a Saturday morning. Chef demos, live music, Club Sprouts, and plenty of samples equal great entertainment for the kids.
Details: Wednesday and Saturday, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963
This Chicago Children’s Theatre production has been getting great reviews. The play is about a family from Flint, Michigan, that road-trips down to Birmingham, Alabama, in the midst of the civil rights movement. Recommended for ages 9 and up.
Details: Through May 19; $25–$41

Catch the Chicago Children’s Choir and Part of the Hamilton Cast Perform Together
Head to Millennium Park to hear Chicago’s award-winning children’s choir perform a concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. More than 5,000 youth singers will grace the stage, along with special guest stars from Hamilton. It’s an event not to be missed.
Details: May 23, 11 a.m., at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park; free

Photo by Christian Libonati/Courtesy of Filament Theatre

Get Ready for Fireworks
On May 25, Navy Pier will start its annual fireworks shows for the summer. The kiddos will have to stay up late for this one, as the fun starts at 10:15 p.m., but it’s well worth it for the spectacle. You’ll be able to catch them all season long on both Wednesday and Saturday nights.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
This beautiful adaptation of the children’s book of the same name follows the adventures of a bunny made of china who loses his way and goes on a journey, in which he learns all about love and the differences of people we encounter through life. It’s a truly touching tale!
Details: Through May 26; $16–$19.50

A Little Bit Country at HVAC Pub
You may not think a Cubs bar would be the place to take kids, but on certain days it’s the perfect pick! On May 26, get your cowboy hats and boots on when Animal Crackers takes over to provide a taste of country music for children. This all-ages show features sing-alongs, dancing, and Hula-Hooping, as well.
Details: May 26, doors open at 9:30 a.m.; $20 for admission of two children and two adults, $10 single tickets, and $40 food package

Do Division
Although the weather has been less than cooperative, the end of May signals festival season in Chicago! Do Division is always a favorite among families for its awesome programming, which includes an entire Family Fun Fest with live music from favorite performers like Mary Macaroni. Plus there will be plenty of games, a petting zoo, and a whole lot more to enjoy.
Details: May 31–June 2 at Division and Damen; $10 donation encouraged 

Photo courtesy of Green City Market

Chicago Kids Company’s Little Red Riding Hood
Who doesn’t adore the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf? We all do, especially kids. Get a chance to see the story live onstage in this fun rendition from the Chicago Kids Company.
Details: Through May 31; $14

Princess & the Pea at Beverly Arts Center
This beloved story is brought to the stage for all to enjoy, especially those ages 2–11. Can they pass the princess test? You’ll have to wait and find out. Kids will love the 12-foot bed!
Details: May 15–August 9 at Beverly Arts Center; $14

Brookfield Zoo Brick Safari
Head to the Brookfield Zoo to explore not just animals, but also a land of Legos. That’s right, the zoo is home to 40 full-size animal creations made entirely from Legos. Your kids will love it.
Details: Exhibition runs through September 29; tickets are $21.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors and children ages 3–11