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This weekend: Catch a performance of a Shakespearean play and more

This weekend, catch a free performance of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Chicago's Washington Park.
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With the weekend almost here, you might be looking for family-friendly activities in the Chicago area. From festivals and zoo activities to a free performance of a Shakespearean play, there are plenty of events for children and parents to enjoy for the weekend of July 25 through 27, 2014. Keep the following activities in mind when planning your weekend in Chicago.

Experience a bit of the Emerald Isle without heading to O’Hare Airport by visiting Irish Fest in Arlington Heights. The celebration, held July 25 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and July 26 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., features plenty of live entertainment. Learn how to dance a jig, listen to Irish music and try your luck in the “Best Legs in a Kilt” contest. For information on admission prices, refer to the festival's website. In addition, food, beverages and crafts will be available for purchase. Irish Fest takes place at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum (110 W. Fremont St., Arlington Heights) and is near the Metra rail station.

Does your child want to be a zookeeper, or just want to learn what it’s like to care for zoo animals? Then consider checking out Animal Enrichment Day at Brookfield Zoo (3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield). Held on July 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event features discussions on how zookeepers offer enrichment to various animals. Zoo visitors can also participate in various hands-on activities, including a scent-guessing station and how to make bird toys.

This weekend, you can add a Shakespeare play to your activities. Night Out: Chicago Shakes in the Parks through the Chicago Park District will be held at Washington Park (5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago) on July 27 at 4 p.m. Professional Shakespearean actors will perform one of the Bard’s classic works, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” during this free family-friendly event. Don’t forget to bring a picnic basket and a blanket to this 90-minute event.