Summer fun good for the brain

Kids Eat Chicago

Mark your calendars now because the annual Taste of Chicago gets a new family-friendly culinary experience that will have kids eager to learn in the kitchen this summer. Chicago Parent is hosting Kids Eat Chicago July 8-9, a two-day event in Grant Park filled with kids’ entertainment, chef demos and lots of activities that will have kids moving and putting on their thinking caps.

By creating a place just families, from the new mom to parents with middle schoolers, Kids Eat Chicago will be the spot to learn how to create healthy treats and meals while not missing out on everything the Taste has to offer. Kids Eat Chicago will offer a diaper changing zone, bounce houses, a place to charge those smartphones and stroller parking.

Summer Brain Games

The Museum of Science and Industry is bringing back its popular Summer Brain Games, eight weeks of free, at-home science experiments that will keep their brains busy.

This summer’s theme is all about superheroes using science.

Brain Games begin June 15; each week this summer registered families receive instructions on eight different superhero-themed science activities. Register at


Chicago Children’s Museum has a great new way to get kids thinking, problem-solving and taking turns—its new exhibit, Forts.

“Fort-building is a timeless childhood pastime,” museum President and CEO Jennifer Farrington says in a news release. “As we reimagined this nostalgic diversion, we upped the ante to create a fantastical living room fully stocked with everything a fort-builder needs to create a world that’s all their own.”

Forts will be open through Sept. 17 and is included in museum admission ($14 for kids and adults).

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