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 a disposable camera and a photo album. 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. They both run from June 11-12.
  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. Check out the Weekend Animal Arts and Seasonal Stories Program at the Mitchell Museum. This Evanston museum has an impressive collection of American Indian artifacts, most touchable. Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons include a take-home craft project and a lesson about tribes and the animals within them.
  9. Build a clubhouse and have a secret meeting.
  10. Make bottle cap bugs. Use googly eyes and glitter to really make them glow.
  11. Set down some paper on the driveway and try your hand at finger painting.
  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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