We all know swimming, diving, gymnastics, and track and field. But what about those little-known sports that only get their moment in the sun when the Olympics roll around every four years?
As you watch the torch head to London, it may be time for your kids to explore some of the more obscure summer Olympic offerings, all right here in Chicago. The next thing you know, they could be the ones on the podium.
The ultimate water sport is the perfect fit for those near the lake, even if your kids weren't born with a silver spoon in their mouths. The Chicago Park District offers junior sailing lessons for kids 10 and up at Northerly Island, with a promise to take your kid from "landlubber to sea lover." And you don't have to be a member of the Chicago Yacht Club to take part in its Sailing School, which is open to kids as young as 5. Little ones won't be hoisting any riggings on their own, but they will become familiar with all the sights and sounds, not to mention the feel, of sailing.