The Golden Knights will thrill at the Chicago Air and Water Show. Photo courtesy of the Chicago DCASE
The Golden Knights will thrill at the Chicago Air and Water Show. Photo courtesy of the Chicago DCASE

Things to Do This Weekend With Chicago Kids: Air and Water Show, Bit Bash, Summer Fests

Look to the skies: The Chicago Air and Water Show returns this weekend with incredible displays of aerial skill. You can also look to the screens, as The Museum of Science and Industry hosts Bit Bash, where kids (and adults) can play dozens of cutting edge games as part of this weekend-long festival of technology and art.

On Saturday, Girls Who Code hosts a free workshop for middle school aged girls interested in digital design, with hands-on activities and plenty of experts on hand to inspire. Kids can also work side by side with professionals at the Chicago Philharmonic's Side by Side concert, where musicians from the award-winning orchestra play and rehearse with students and community members.

Kid-friendly street festivals and block parties around town this weekend include Pilsen Fest, Edison Park Fest, the Glenwod Ave Arts Fest in Rogers Park, and the South Shore Summer Festival, each with tasty food, performances, and plenty of kid-friendly action. And if you've ever wondered what a million-dollar penny looks like, one will be on view at this weekend's World's Fair of Money at Rosemont.

Our summer bucket list of things to do before school starts has even more ideas, and the event calendar is packed with performances, exhibits, and festivals for making the most of your summer. Have a great weekend!

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

North Avenue Beach
1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60613

2320 W. 24th Place
Chicago, IL 60608

Edison Park
Northwest Highway at Olmstead Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

Rogers Park Glenwood Art District
Glenwood Ave. and Morse Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626

Naper Settlement
523 S. Webster St.
Naperville, IL 60540

Productive Edge
11 E. Illinois St. Ste 200
Chicago, IL 60611

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018

Pottawatomie Park
7340 N Rogers Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626

South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60649

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St. Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South
Chicago, IL 60602
Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza
Prospect Park (at Grand Army Plaza) - 8:00 AM Pick
Fishing at Orchard Lake
Linvilla Orchard - 9:00 AM Pick
Virtual Fete Day
Elfreth’s Alley Museum - 1:00 PM Pick
Car Hop Cinema and Dining at Coach Meeting House
Coach Meeting House - 8:00 PM Pick
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