101 summer ideas in Chicago for your family


Let Chicago inspire, and supply, your little artists

  1. Build a robot out of things you find in your recycling bin.
  2. Buy an album and some stickers. Make a scrapbook of the photos the kids took.
  3. Attend one of the many art festivals happening this month including the Old Town Art Fair and the Wells Street Art Fair. Both run from June 13-14.
  4. Now that you're inspired-create your own art masterpieces at home.
  5. Use boxes to make houses for stuffed animals. Get really creative and make your own wallpaper and furniture.
  6. Make your own playdough.
  7. Make a paper chain counting down to when school starts (this might be mom's favorite).
  8. Visit the Mitchell Museum for Kids Craft Mornings. The Evanston museum has an impressive collection of American Indian artifacts, most touchable. Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons include a take-home craft project.
  9. Build a clubhouse and have a secret meeting.
  10. Make ladybug rocks for your garden or front lawn. All that is required is paint, rocks and maybe some fun googly eyes.
  11. Design a family T-shirt.
  12. Create sand art. The only materials needed are paper, sand and glue.
  13. Make a windchime with string, plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

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