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5 Chicago summer drop-in programs for families

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 out.

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 out.

Summer is all about water – we live by a lake, after all! – sowhy not learn a little bit about it? Families can use scientifictools to see critters under water, find out about water plants, andmore. Free; $25 parking. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays andSundays. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.(847) 835-5440, chicagobotanic.org.

Kleinman Family Cove Family Drop-in Activities


Get creative in the great outdoors-or downtown Chicago, atleast. Families can collaborate on art projects while enjoying livejazz music. Food and beverages are available to purchase, so youcan take full advantage of these last summer nights. Free withadmission. 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E.Chicago Ave., Chicago. (312) 280-2660, mcachicago.org.

Summer Studios


If you haven’t had the chance to see the humongous bugs thathave taken over Morton Arboretum, here’s your chance. The arboretumoffers family-friendly music, snacks, and the chance to check outBig Bugs, Tree House Tales and new elements in the Children’sGarden. $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.

Thursday Family Nights


Future architects can explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous RobieHouse and then try out their own creative designs. Weekly themesrange from building with Legos to sketching out floor plans, sothere’s something for every skill level. $5 children, free adults.10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. WoodlawnAve., Chicago. (708) 848-1976, gowright.org.

Summer Saturdays


We’re big fans of anything that involves ice cream, so thiscombo of history and make-your-own sundaes is right up our alley.The hands-on family activities, games, demos and tours are just thecherry on top. Free with admission. 1-4 p.m. (ice cream 2-3:30p.m.) Sundays. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville.(630) 420-6010, napersettlement.com.

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