Family Friendly: Brookfield Zoo celebrates Latin culture at ‘Viva la Fiesta!’

Families can enjoy Latin music, dancing, food and much more at Brookfield Zoo's Viva la Fiesta!
Families can enjoy Latin music, dancing, food and much more at Brookfield Zoo's Viva la Fiesta!

Activities for all ages and authentic foods of Brazil, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Mexico make Brookfield Zoo’s “Viva la Fiesta!” a great family outing. The festival, which is free with general admission, runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, June 7-15, at 1st Ave. and 31st St., Brookfield.

“This year, Viva la Fiesta! will be featuring local Chicago talent in a wide variety of genres of music,” said Julia Enderle, on-site marketing coordinator. “We’ll also be having a special Hispanic- and Latin-themed menu.” Kids should particularly enjoy the tacos.

“Every day there will be a dance lesson at 11:30,” Enderle said. “The Latin Street Dance Academy will be coming out and teaching everybody how to salsa or samba.”

After watching a dance performance by the Chicago Public Schools’ ProjectFIT at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, young visitors will have a chance to learn a dance. There will also be a face painter and a caricaturist.

For details, call (708) 688-8000 or go to www.czs.org/events.

READY TO READ

School’s out but kids should still be hitting the books. You can jumpstart them at a Summer Reading Kick Off Party, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, June 6 at Hinsdale Public Library, 20 E. Maple St. No registration is required for this family afternoon of playing games for prizes.

For details, call (630) 986-1976 or go to www.hinsdalelibrary.info.

ON THE MOVE

Wheels will spin during the Beep! Beep! Storytime, 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. Kids will hear two books about things on wheels, “Number One Sam” by Greg Pizzoli and “Go! Go! Go! Stop!” by Charise Mericle Harper. There will also be a themed activity.

For details, call (630) 684-0586 or go to www.barnesandnoble.com.

REACTION ATTRACTION

Families will be wowed by the exciting chemical reactions they’ll see at Close Encounters of the Chemical Kind, 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at the La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave. There will be color changes, a mysterious genie, springy superballs and more.

For details, call (708) 215-3210 or go to www.lagrangelibrary.org.

CANINE CHAMPS

K-9 Torro will bring along his pal Officer Andrew Franczak for a K-9 Demonstration, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at Oak Brook Public Library, 600 Oak Brook Road. Families will learn about Torro’s history, training and obedience, and how a drug search is conducted. Registration is required.

For details, call (630) 368-7700 or go to www.oak-brook.org/library.

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