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Kohl Children's Museum will launch new reading-focused exhibits this fall. (Photo by David Kern)

Kohl Children’s Museum will launch new reading-focused exhibits this fall. (Photo by David Kern)

Have fun with the whole family this summer and fall with these kid-friendly celebrations. Don’t have any kids? Borrow some!

  • The kids will dye for Hotel Lincoln’s free “Tie-Dye Party in the Park” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10. Children and parents can make their own tie-dye garments during this offbeat celebration of 1960s’ style. Even your dog can get in on the act — pets are welcome and the hotel will supply doggy bandanas and all needed dyeing supplies. People need to bring their own white t-shirts.

    The event takes place on the south edge of Lincoln Park, near the 1800 block of Clark, just south of Green City Market The rain or shine party has an inclement-weather backup site in the Clark Room on the second level of Hotel Lincoln.

  • After you dye, head on over to Ed Debevic’s in River North for the fourth annual “Ed’s Fest”from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. The luau offers hot dogs and hamburgers hot off the grill and slices of Gino’s East deep-dish pizza for everybody, plus music from an onsite DJ. For grownups, there are ice-cold brews and a display of classic cars. Kids can jump in a bounce house, participate in a hula-hoop contest, toss bags in a game of corn hole, be transformed by a face painter and more.

    Eating contests let you demonstrate how much Mitchell’s Soda Shop< /a> ice cream and hot dogs you can stuff down. A dunk tank and other proceeds benefit great local charities such as the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s hospital and the Anti-Cruelty Society. Admission is free, but food and beverages are at your expense.

  • In the fall, Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview will open three new exhibits designed to encourage young children to read. A temporary exhibit, “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites” will be a life-sized world of seven award-winning storybooks. “Sheridan’s Books and Crannies,” a new permanent exhibit, remakes the museum’s former “Play Library.” Storywalk, in the Museum’s two-acre outdoor Habitat Park blends literacy, physical activity and nature. The new exhibits open Oct. 1.