As you juggle to put your schedule together this weekend, pen in a trip to a circus with some positive attitude. In its eighth year, CircEsteem hosts its Spring Circus, Friday-Sunday at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago.
See the first animated film to ever open the Cannes Film Festival, at a theater near you, of course. Two lucky Chicago Parent readers will win family five-packs to see “Up” at their choice of Classic Cinemas theaters. When deciding on your theater, please keep in mind that not all of the Classic Cinemas theaters offer 3D viewing. “Up” hits theaters May 29. For more information, visit classiccinemas.com. To win, visit our discussion board.
Discover a new path to exploring art this Saturday when the Art Institute’s New Modern Wing opens. Offering more space for modern art, the museum also offers a restaurant, an open-air sculpture garden and a bridge that connects the museum to Millennium Park over Monroe Street, all three of which are open to the public without admission. The Modern Wing also houses the kid- and family-friendly Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Education Center, which occupies the first floor with a family center, teacher resource rooms, exhibition and classrooms.
Bring out the animal-loving designers in your kids at the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Family Studio Sunday. Animal Architecture is a free four-hour event May 17 where kids will learn about how animals build their habitats through creative activities, including designing a creature’s home. Discover the art of Peggy Macnamara, who’ll share her painting of bird and insect homes, then join a tour of the Loop to spot animals adorning Chicago architecture.
This week, one lucky Chicago Parent reader will win “Treasury of 25 Storybook Classics: Dinosaurs, Trucks, Monsters … and More!” and “Treasury of 25 Storybook Classics: Fairytales, Magic … and More!” on DVD. The DVDs retail for $29.95 each and are available May 19. To win, visit our discussion board.