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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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Let Chicago inspire, and supply, your little artists
Build a robot out of things you find in your recycling
Buy an album and some stickers. Make a scrapbook of the photos
the kids took.
Introduce your kids to contemporary art with Summer Studios at
the Museum of Contemporary Art. Admission is free and kids get
hands-on art experiences.
Now that you're inspired-create your own art masterpieces at
Use boxes to make houses for stuffed animals. Get really
creative and make your own wallpaper and furniture.
Make your own playdough.
Make a paper chain counting down to when school starts (this
might be mom's favorite).
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.
Build a clubhouse and have a secret meeting.
Make ladybug rocks for your garden or front lawn. All that is
required is paint, rocks and maybe some fun googly eyes.
Design a family T-shirt.
Create sand art. The only materials needed are paper, sand and
Make a windchime with string, plastic bottles and aluminum