We're midway through summer and you can already see everything your kids learned in school slipping away like the waterdrops off their swimsuits. It's time to start thinking about heading off complete summer brain drain.
Luckily, the Chicago area offers plenty of opportunities to have some fun while sneaking in a little learning about history, art and geography.
Here are a few ideas to make sure little brains stay engaged the rest of the summer.
Family outings can be easily adapted depending on the age of the child, and activities before or after a visit to a local landmark can supplement what you've learned.
An African safari isn't in the cards for this summer, but luckily we have two world-class zoos filled with animals from around the world. Instead of just dragging kids from ape house to reptile house to the way-too-expensive gift shop, try taking shorter trips focused on a single animal. Kids can study animal behavior or use field guides to identify the animals in a specific exhibit.
"This might be a great activity for parents and kids this summer to learn about the science of animal behavior and then try out some of the things they learned when they visit the zoo," says Leah Melber, the Lincoln Park Zoo's director of student and teacher programs.