Kids gain confidence through healthy, smart risk-taking (you know, like licking a battery, mastering a power tool or becoming a human wrecking ball).
Curious nature-loving kids can experience the outdoors through programs like Bird Homes, Stroll with your Senses, Wind Power, Bird Behavior Hike and What’s Under a Log? Children will learn how to use their powers of observation and understanding to relate to the natural world around them.
Family programs, such as Sun Prints, LEGO Architects, Art
Glass Done Wright, Origami and Family Printmaking,
facilitated by a youth educator, encourage children to explore
Robie House as it inspires their own creativity.
Kids can plant, weed, water and more in the garden, maintained by The Organic Gardener, a Glencoe-based organization, who will also offer special activities every Tuesday and Saturday (2-3 p.m.). Activities include crafting seed packets, edible necklaces, and window greenhouses.
The entire family will enjoy learning the basics of camping, fishing, archery and hunting. Other workshops include kayaking, water and travel safety, backyard adventures, and bird watching. All workshops are approximately 20 minutes in length and kids will get a free lanyard and then earn a free, collectible pin for every workshop completed (while supplies last).
In August, follow a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Low-impact hikes suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs take place on Aug. 3. Each performance lasts approximately three hours. Wear comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent.
Follow the captivating story of “Alice in Wonderland” and watch as performers search for the white rabbit and enjoy a spot of tea with the Mad Hatter throughout July. In August, hikers can follow a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Taking place throughout September, “Enchanted April” is based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel, and tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environments to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. In October, hikers can follow along to “Resurrected: Grave Tales of Chicagoland.” Profiling five famous Chicago scary tales— Resurrection Mary, Devil Baby of Hull House, Julia Petta, the Italian Bride and Francis Levy's Handprint— these eerie stories are strung together by the Wynkoop Murder investigation and include audience participation. Low-impact hikes suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs will take place on July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5. Each performance lasts approximately three hours. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent.
Cirque Shanghai returns this summer to Chicago’s Navy Pier with a brand new show, “Cirque Shanghai: Warriors.” Performances begin Wednesday, May 21 and run through Monday, Sept. 1 at the Pepsi Skyline Stage, a 1,500-seat, canopied, open-air theater on Navy Pier. Tickets go on sale May 2, 2014.
Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.