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.
Chicago's art museums give kids a chance to learn about artists and create a little art of their own.
The Elmhurst Art Museum offers summertime drop-in programs that are free with admission. The museum's staff teaches classes about one of the exhibitions and guides children as they create a project based on this artistic influence. The drop-in programs are from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and Fridays. Fridays are also free admission days, so you can do the whole morning without opening your wallet. The drop-in programs are for all ages, even the very young.