Set up a tent in the backyard and have a close-to-home camping trip.
Catch fireflies, watch them glow and set them free.
Dig for worms.
Grab a blanket and chairs and enjoy an evening movie at the park.ChicagoParkDistrict.com.
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 Industry.
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 brezze.
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.