Educational experts say kids lose as much as six months of school-year progress during the summer break. And until America eventually caves and starts year-round schooling, it doesn't look like that three-month hiatus that is as magical as it can be maddening is going anywhere. So when it comes to summer learning, we're going with the puree-the-vegetables-in-the-pudding trick with these 10 things that are so much fun, your kids won't even realize they're educational.
Families can get outside, be active and learn about different cultures at this year's Family Fun Festival held June 13 - Aug. 21 at Millenium Park. Everyday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. kids and parents can enjoy music from the Wiggleworms of the Old Town School of Folk Music, a reading circle and family performances at the Family Fun Performance Stage. Then visit the Family Fun Activity Zone, where each week has a new cultural theme so kids can learn more about Chicago and the world.