Posts in category "Summer plans"

Chicago Air and Water Show Weekend is Almost Here!

Chicago Air and Water Show Weekend is Almost Here!
My kiddos go crazy for the annual Air and Water Show. But this family event can also be a logistical nightmare. Just imagine heading to North Avenue Beach with your little ones in tow and several thousand of your closest friends in the sweltering heat. Things can get dicey. And yes, there have been some... Read more »

Family Must-Do: The Square Roots Festival

Family Must-Do: The Square Roots Festival
All street festivals are not created equal. In fact, some of them are just NOT family-friendly. However, the Square Roots Festival is the epitome of a summer family street fest. It just doesn't get any better than this. And it is all happening this weekend in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. The Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce bring more than 60 musical acts to this year's Square Roots festival. ...

Summer Dance Parties return to the Chicago Children's Museum

Summer Dance Parties return to the Chicago Children's Museum
Who doesn’t love a good dance party? The folks at the Chicago Children’s Museum have decided to make it a regular thing once again this summer.  CCM staff has been working hard to polish their moves, and they are ready to break it down with visiting children and families. Staff will teach a variety of dances,... Read more »
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Take Advantage of the Chicago Summer Dance in the Parks Program

Take Advantage of the Chicago Summer Dance in the Parks Program

The whole family can learn to dance and enjoy live music at SummerDance in the Parks – an admission-free series that is part of Chicago SummerDance – coming to five different Chicago Park District facilities Wednesdays, July 3 – Aug. 28. 

The series offers introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors at 6 p.m. followed by live music and dancing from 7-9 p.m.  The diverse lineup showcases various traditional and modern dance styles from all corners of the globe. SummerDance in the Parks is presented as part of an ongoing collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District.  ...

FREE Summer Camps for Chicago Kids from the Poetry Foundation

FREE Summer Camps for Chicago Kids from the Poetry Foundation
I have to share this amazing FREE opportunity because I know that many of your creative little people would love an experience like this. The Poetry Foundation Library in Chicago’s River North neighborhood offers FREE three-week summer camp sessions running in July. Teen Summer Poetry Camps I & II,  for high school students from 9th to 12th grade, will be held on Thursdays throughout the month. These camps expose teens to writing beyond the classroom—they discover new poets, respond to various works of poetry, and create their own work. ...

Welcome Back to School's Out!

Welcome Back to School's Out!
        The title of this blog is a bit misleading...... because of course school isn't actually out for the summer (not quite yet anyway). But I am sure that you have summer plans on your mind as that last day of school quickly approaches! So what's on YOUR summer agenda? Welcome back to the fourth season of School's Out! -- a blog about family-friendly activities in and around Chicago. Although I love summertime fun with my kiddos, I have to admit that it takes work to keep us all happy and entertained from Memorial Day through Labor Day. This is a big job! And advance planning is key. This blog is all about answering the question, "What are we doing today, Mom...
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Tiny Trinket Keepers

Tiny Trinket Keepers
Kids find the oddest “treasures.” It may look like any old rock to you, but your little one sees it differently. And that is a good thing! Summer is all about exploring. And sometimes you need something special to display your “finds” from your most recent excursion. My kids and I came up with a... Read more »

Chicago History Museum Resident Free Days for 2012

Chicago History Museum Resident Free Days for 2012
Museum Free Days can be hard to come by during the summer months. However, the Chicago History Museum has several upcoming free days for Illinois residents (sweet!). This fun and interactive spot is an under-recognized and under-appreciated destination for families with young children. One of the most compelling current exhibits is “Magic.” According to the... Read more »

Open Books Fights Summer Reading Slump with Free Books for Kids

   Open Books Fights Summer Reading Slump with Free Books for Kids
Have you heard about the summer slide? This is the unfortunate phenomenon where kids lose a ton of the info that they learned during the school year because they aren’t practicing those skills. So what can be done? Kids need to keep those brains active during the summer in ways that are both fun and... Read more »
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Join in the WTTW Kids Fun and Run

Join in the WTTW Kids Fun and Run
Looking for a fun way to spend a Sunday morning (while also supporting the local channel that brings your kids morning cartoons so you can have your coffee and wake up for the day)? Come to the WTTW Kids Fun and Run on Sunday August 26th from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Now in its 9th year, the WTTW Kids Fun and Run is one of Chicago’s most popular family events. Each year on a Sunday morning in mid-August, the Fun and Run attracts more than 5,000 avid fans of WTTW’s kids programming to beautiful Lincoln Park for a fun-filled event featuring a 5K run and 3K family walk; lively warm-up exercises led by professional trainers; healthy snacks; colorful inflatables; and countless WTTW walk-around characters, including Elmo, Grover, and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street, Arthur, Curious George, and more – all in support of quality children’s programming...