Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Pride, Potter, Sesame Street, Concerts, Baby Shark

Pride month comes to a rollicking close this weekend with kid-friendly fun in celebration of all Chicago families. Navy Pier hosts a free, day-long family Pride festival this Saturday with storytimes, performances, a marching band, and fireworks. Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble stores around Chicagoland are also hosting special Pride storytimes with crafts and activities, and there's a family Pride fair at Gallagher Way on Sunday where kids and parents can celebrate before the big parade.

Sesame Street rolls into town on Saturday with a huge, free party (tickets are already sold out, but if you're one of the lucky ones going, shake Oscar's hand for me). Other big family fests and fairs this weekend include the Logan Square Art Festival, a Renaissance Faire Family Day, a circus festival at Maxwell Street Market, and the Juneteenth Family Celebration.

If you're a fan of rolling out a picnic blanket and enjoying some music alfresco while the kids run around in the grass, there are outdoor concerts happening at the Brookfield Zoo, the Grant Park Music Festival, and at family concerts out in Park Ridge, Naperville, and Wheaton. Harry Potter fans won't want to miss the magic of hearing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform the score from The Prisoner of Azkaban (the best film in the series, IMHO), or seeing the first Harry Potter film on the big screen at Thalia Hall. 

Chicago SummerDance and Family Yoga this weekend offer plenty of ways to get up and get moving, too. But if your playlist has been taken over by a certain sharp-toothed aquatic family, the Baby Shark Dance Party this weekend is your best bet. 

For more kid-friendly summer fun, bookmark our ever-growing list of 50+ FREE Things to Do With Kids in Chicago This Summer, and our jam-packed event calendar.

Bronx Water Playgrounds and Sprinklers to Cool Off the Kids

As much as the kids might beg, not every summer day can be a pool day. That's why water playgrounds with jets, misters, and refreshing splash pads are essential to summer survival in NYC. Kids (and their grown-ups) can frolic in sprinklers and spray showers, many with nifty features like footbridges, geysers, and themed settings. We've told you about some of our favorite playgrounds with water features citywide, but the Bronx deserves a shout-out all its own. Read on for details on nine of our favorite splash pads in NYC's northernmost borough.

Find more water fun in our Beaches, Pools, Water Parks Guide, or cool NYC activities in our Summer Fun Guide.

25 Things to Do With Kids on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

Summer is the season for road trips with kids, and we’re lucky because New England is full of so many fun spots to visit that are only a few hours away by car. One family favorite is Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. From bustling Meredith, NH on the west side of the lake to quaint Wolfeboro, NH on the eastern edge, there’s plenty of water sports, casual restaurants, and natural beauty that make for a great family vacation. Here are 25 of the best ways to enjoy everything on and surrounding this sparkly blue, 72-acre lake affectionately known as "Lake Winni."

Best Brooklyn Splash Pads and Water Playgrounds for Summer Fun

When the sticky NYC summer heat sets in, kids need fun things to do to keep cool (bonus points if the kiddos also get a chance to burn off some energy). There’s no better solution than water playgrounds—get cool in the water, dry off to hit the other playground equipment, rinse and repeat. All afternoon.

And best of all, hitting a water playground is a FREE summer activity you can do every day. We’ve rounded up the best water features and playgrounds around Brooklyn so that you and the little ones can try a new place to spray and play every day of the week. 

It's a long summer! Find more ways to keep cool with our NYC Beaches, Pools, and Water Parks Guide, which includes splash pads in other boroughs too!

50 Things to Do with Kids in Midtown Manhattan

Whether you're a visitor, a commuter, or a local, it's hard to avoid passing through NYC's Midtown Manhattan. Bordered by 59th Street on the northern end and 34th Street to the south, encompassing Times Square and Rockefeller Center, and extending from river to river, the Midtown neighborhood has an expansive personality that matches its large size. 

Between the towering office buildings and the tourist traps on seemingly every street corner, it might seem hard to uncover worthwhile family spots, but in fact Midtown is loaded with family-friendly entertainment, art, attractions, and activities. We've done the legwork and rounded up 50 fun picks for enjoying Midtown with kids in tow.

16 Parent and Me Swim Classes for Water Babies and Toddlers in LA & the OC

Kids dig water, and the younger we start them in it, the earlier they build the skills needed to swim confidently and safely. Mommy and Me – or Daddy and Me – classes are a fun and bonding introduction to a lifelong love of swimming. We know some great private swim classes for LA kids, but the group lessons below are all about getting in the pool alongside your baby or toddler. Dive into our extensive list of area Mommy or Daddy and Me classes.

20 Kid-Friendly Restaurants With Room to Play in Houston

Relaxing on the patio with good food and drinks is something that, prior to kids, we used to love to do... and then we had kids and going out to eat became nothing short of a nightmare that quickly got nixed from our weekend plans. All seemed lost, and we resigned ourselves to spending our evenings out at Chick-fil-A until we found these awesome Houston restaurants with play spaces for kids (we also spent an exhaustive amount of time eating near the green area at CityCentre).

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