The Wee Weekender for August 14-16


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Still looking for something to do with the kiddos this weekend? I've got a few ideas for you.

The Chicago Air and Water Show.
I don't mean to be a grump, but I would skip this one because of the crowd issues -- unless you take my advice and go on Friday.

Green Music Fest. This is a new family-oriented event on the Chicago summer festival scene. Sponsored by the West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce, this fest promises live music and green vendors and services. The event takes places on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 at Eckhart Park (1330 West Chicago Avenue). Kid's activities include yoga, gardening, a musical petting zoo and a used book swap. Check out the official website for more details.
Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden. If
you are looking for a cultural experience for your little ones, head up
to the Chicago Botanic Garden to learn more about matsura, a Japanese
summer festival. On Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until 3 pm, kids can
hear musical performances, participate in crafts, practice using chop
sticks, and watch a tea ceremony in this stunning Japanese garden.

If you are in the mood for something more low key, you could always take in a Movie in the Park. Madagascar 2: Escape from Africa is playing at Wrightwood Park on Friday night.

The Grant Park Orchestra is performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
both Friday and Saturday night at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium
Park. Sounds like a perfect opportunity for a family picnic.

So many great options. Happy weekending Chicago.

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