Are you looking for a summer excursion that has something to offer everyone in the family? Yes? Oh good! I think you are going to like Family Adventure Days -- it is like a field trip for kids and adults too.
The Chicago Office of Tourism is bringing back their
family-focused neighborhood excursions under a new name -- Family
Adventure Days (previously Family Day Camp). These action-packed days for
families are filled with hands-on nature and art
activities, along with trips to neighborhood parks and cultural
organizations. From fishing to museum tours, three to five families and a
tour leader travel via public transportation to explore one of six
Chicago neighborhoods--Garfield Park, Pilsen, Lincoln Park, Jackson Park, Bronzeville and Hyde Park.
Days take place on Fridays starting June 25 through August 27, and on
Saturday, August 28. They are recommended for children ages 6 and up
with an adult and are $12 per person. Register by calling 312.742.8497
or visit www.explorechicago.org.
All ticket sales are final and exchanges will be offered subject to
availability. Family Adventure Days departs from the Visitor Information
Center at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. at 9:30 a.m.
and returns back at 2:30 p.m. Lunch and transportation are included.
is a schedule of Family Adventure Days and highlights of activities in
Garfield Park: June 25, August 13
the Green Line to see the sights in Garfield Park, one of Chicago's
greenest neighborhoods. Tour the Garfield Park Conservatory to learn
about the thousands of different flowers and plants on display. Lunch
and games on the terrace are followed by fishing in the Garfield Park
Bronzeville: July 2 & 16--NEW FOR 2010!
S.R. Crown Hall, designed by Mies van der Rohe and home of the College
of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, filled with
Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds exhibition of helium-filled balloons. Enjoy
lunch on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology before heading
over to the Chicago White Sox's U.S. Cellular Field for an exclusive
Pilsen: July 9, August 6
Chicago's largest Mexican-American community in Pilsen. Tour the
exhibits at the National Museum of Mexican Art, and then make your own
masterpiece in a hands-on workshop. Grab a quick authentic Mexican lunch
on bustling 18th Street before checking out the neighborhood's
Hyde Park: July 23, August 20--NEW FOR
Discover the neighborhood made famous by the University of
Chicago and President Barack Obama. Learn the secrets of famous
treasures from the ancient Near East in a hands-on archaeological dig
and scavenger hunt at the University's Oriental Institute (July 23), or
find your creative side in a tour and art-making activity at the Hyde
Park Art Center (August 20). Outdoor activities and stops at other Hyde
Park landmarks like Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House round out the day.
Park: July 30, August 27
Enjoy a stop at one of Lincoln Park's
hidden gems, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, before a tour of the Peggy
Notebaert Nature Museum and a fun, hands-on activity. A picturesque
lunch on the lakefront is followed by fishing in the Lincoln Park
Jackson Park: August 28
Explore nature and the
site of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition on this excursion to
Jackson Park. Stroll through Wooded Island and the Osaka Garden on a
guided tour and learn how to fish in the nearby lagoon.
Adventure Days are co-presented by the Chicago Park District and are
part of the Chicago Office of Tourism's 2010 summer tourism campaign,
Explore Chicago: Eat, Play, Love Our Neighborhoods, a series of programs
and activities created to give visitors and residents even more tools
for exploring Chicago's 77 distinct communities.