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Now that the initial excitement of summer is waning, the "I'm
bored" is kicking in. If you've run out of ideas to keep the
whining at bay, we've come up with 101 things to do to fill your
lazy summer days.
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Explore Chicago's great outdoors
Set up a tent in the backyard and have a close-to-home camping
Catch fireflies, watch them glow and set them free.
Take a walk on Wooded Island (Paul H. Douglas Nature Sanctuary)
in Jackson Park. The Osaka Garden is a Zen-inspired picnic
destination. The island is just a short walk from the Museum of Science and
Attend a drop-in program at Cantigny Park. Each day is filled with
new adventures and discoveries. 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton.
Walk barefoot through the grass.
Play a few rounds of frisbee golf.
Plant a flower bed or vegetable garden.
Take a family board game outside to the deck.
Watch a sunset.
Take a drive with all the windows down and take in the summer
Get a telescope and look for stars and planets.
Go to a local pond or riverwalk and feed the ducks.
Take an afternoon nap in the backyard and instead of counting
sheep, watch the clouds.