We hate to break it to you, but this is your
last chance to take advantage of the great summertime drop-in
programs all over Chicagoland. Here are some fun ones to check
We're big fans of anything that involves ice cream, so this
combo of history and make-your-own sundaes is right up our alley.
The hands-on family activities, games, demos and tours are just the
cherry on top. Free with admission. 1-4 p.m. (ice cream 2-3:30
p.m.) Sundays. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville.
(630) 420-6010, napersettlement.com.
Get creative in the great outdoors-or downtown Chicago, at
least. Families can collaborate on art projects while enjoying live
jazz music. Food and beverages are available to purchase, so you
can take full advantage of these last summer nights. Free with
admission. 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E.
Chicago Ave., Chicago. (312) 280-2660, mcachicago.org.
If you haven't had the chance to see the humongous bugs that
have taken over Morton Arboretum, here's your chance. The arboretum
offers family-friendly music, snacks, and the chance to check out
Big Bugs, Tree House Tales and new elements in the Children's
Garden. $5 after 4:30 p.m. 5-8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 15.
Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org.
Future architects can explore Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie
House and then try out their own creative designs. Weekly themes
range from building with Legos to sketching out floor plans, so
there's something for every skill level. $5 children, free adults.
10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn
Ave., Chicago. (708) 848-1976, gowright.org.
Summer is all about water - we live by a lake, after all! - so
why not learn a little bit about it? Families can use scientific
tools to see critters under water, find out about water plants, and
more. Free; $25 parking. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and
Sundays. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.
(847) 835-5440, chicagobotanic.org.