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It’s true what they say—in sum­mer­time, the liv­ing is easy. While June and July may have been amped up with plenty of out­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties, there’s no need to slow down in Au­gust. This month has a ton of events to take in with the whole fam­ily, from a char­ity-driven Ducky Derby Race to a Kite Fes­ti­val at one of Chicagoland’s most na­ture-filled spaces and the an­nual Comic-Con with a slew of su­per­heroes. With sum­mer wind­ing down and school on the hori­zon, any of these ideas will help give your kids the break they need be­fore go­ing back to hit­ting the books for the next nine months, and give you a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the city in a whole new way.


If you let your kids run away with any cir­cus, let it be Mid­night Cir­cus in the Parks. Since 2007, this ac­tively en­gaged group of world-class per­form­ers pro­vide a show that is af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble for all. Held un­der a lit­tle “big top” in ev­ery neighborhood, kids are in­vited to be part of the show and the whole thing raises money for lo­cal Chicago Parks—to date the group has raised $960,000. Catch them in ac­tion Aug. 25-26 at Garfield Park and Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at McKinley Park. Find the full sched­ule at www.mid­night­cir­


Look to the skies at this an­nual fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val (Au­gust 11 and 12) and see the won­ders of hundreds of kites fly­ing high above the trees and plants at this one-ofa-kind ar­bore­tum. Bring your own kite to take part in the public fly time, or help your kids make one dur­ing a fun work­shop ses­sion. In ad­di­tion to fly­ing your own mas­ter­piece, the Chicago Fire Kite Team and mem­bers of the Kite So­ci­ety of Wis­con­sin & Illi­nois will be on hand to of­fer their own stunts set to mu­sic. Food and drinks will be avail­able for pur­chase on-site. Get all the de­tails at www.chicagob­


This iconic land­mark was first com­pleted in 1916 as part of famed ar­chi­tect Daniel Burn­ham’s plan for Chicago. Since re­open­ing in 1995, it has be­come a must-see des­ti­na­tion for vis­i­tors and a go-to for lo­cals with plenty to do across the 50-acre stretch. Navy Pier is home to the Chicago Chil­dren’s Museum where lit­tle ones can dig for di­nosaur bones and con­struct sky­scrapers among var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties. Navy Pier is also home to the Chicago Shake­speare The­atre with many kid-friendly pro­duc­tions, too. Other op­tions in­clude the IMAX The­atre and lush Crys­tal Gar­dens with rich fo­liage un­der a six-story atrium. www.navyp­


For all the lit­tle builders in your fam­ily, this ex­plo­ration cen­ter and fun house in nearby Schaum­burg will en­gage them for hours on end. See the city of Chicago built in minia­ture with fa­mous at­trac­tions like Navy Pier, Wrigley Field and Buck­ing­ham Foun­tain as­sem­bled from 1.5 mil­lion lit­tle pieces. Then, head to the Mas­ter Builder Academy where your kids can learn how to make their own unique cre­ations in hands-on work­shops. There’s also a 4D cin­ema and plenty of rides for the whole fam­ily. www.chicago.legoland­dis­cov­erycen­


Wel­come to the doll­house! Here, child’s play be­comes a whole new re­al­ity as lit­tle ones can bring in their fa­vorite Amer­i­can Girl doll for a day of shop­ping and pam­per­ing to­gether. In ad­di­tion to a bou­tique full of ap­parel, ac­ces­sories and fur­ni­ture, there’s also a sa­lon where dolls and their hu­man com­pan­ions can have their hair styled, ears pierced and en­joy a day of spa re­lax­ation. Amer­i­can Girl Place also has an on-site café with brunch, af­ter­noon tea and lunch and din­ner ser­vice. www. amer­i­can­ re­tail/chicago.


It’s off to the races! Watch as more than 50,000 yel­low rub­ber ducks swim their way down the Chicago River to the fin­ish line in this an­nual event ben­e­fit­ing Spe­cial Olympics Illi­nois. Adopt a duck for only $5 (or pony up for a pack) and you could win prizes if yours is one of the first to fin­ish the race. Prizes in­clude a 2018 Chevy Equinox, $2,500 cash, NASCAR tick­ets and all-in­clu­sive va­ca­tions. The event kicks off at 10 am on Au­gust 9 at the Wrigley Build­ing at 400 N. Michi­gan Av­enue. The day also in­cludes en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties.­


Over the course of four days, Au­gust 23-26, kids can meet all their fa­vorite su­per­heroes and TV and movie stars at this an­nual Comic-Con at the Don­ald E. Stephens Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in nearby Rose­mont. Sched­uled to ap­pear is the cast of “Boy Meets World,” Christy Ro­mano from “Kim Pos­si­ble” and The Fonz, Henry Win­kler. Au­to­graph sign­ings, panel dis­cus­sions, cos­tume con­tests and ven­dors are all part of the week­end. www.wiz­ard­


Named for one of Chicago’s great first ladies, the late Mag­gie Daley, this park honors her com­mit­ment to the chil­dren of Chicago with plenty of green space and play­grounds for hours of out­door fun. In ad­di­tion to a 40-foot climb­ing wall and mas­sive skat­ing rib­bon (you can rent rollerblades and scoot­ers on-site), there’s also mini golf, ten­nis courts, pic­nic groves and a com­pre­hen­sive three-acre Play Gar­den with fun at­trac­tions in­clud­ing an En­chanted For­est, Wa­ter­ing Hole, Wave Lawn and 12,000-square-foot Slide Crater zone. www.mag­gieda­ley­

The Ducky Derby

Amer­i­can Girl Place

Kite Fes­ti­val

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