It can be tough keeping kids entertained during the summer months, but Chicago has got you covered. Whether you are looking for educational opportunities, or just plain fun; there’s something for you. Here are 10 Awesome Summer Activities for Kids:
1. United We Drum 2018- Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago- July 7- August 8- Reva and David Logan Center
Have you ever experienced the Muntu Dance Theatre? If so, you know it is one of the most exciting dance troops in the city. Their energetic blend of African and African- American dance, and African drum work make them a consistent crowd favorite.
Starting on Saturday, July 7, the Muntu Dance Theatre will offer United We Drum- a 4 week program for youth (ages 7- 17) to learn “the history and cultural context of rhythms and be given the opportunities to explore their own creativity.” Classes will be taught by Master drummers. Cost: $40. To learn more about United We Drum, visit Muntu’s website.
2. Bronzeville Kids Museum Tour- Bronzeville- 9301 Stony Island (Ongoing)
Since 1993, the Bronzeville Children’s Museum has serviced the community as the first and only African American children’s museum in the country. Kids (ages 3-9) can participate in guided tours on the following topics: You Are What You Eat; African-American Inventors Changing Lives; Journey to Our Stem”, or Tour of Bronzeville Landmarks. Museum hours are from Tuesday- Saturday from 10 am- 2pm (Last tour at 2 pm). Admission: $5.00 for non-members. Learn more at Bronzeville Children’s Museum.
3. Kids Jamm: Summer Yoga- Sundays 11-12- Arts and Public Life
Start the week feeling calm and balanced with family yoga. Kids will explore music and movement with certified youth yoga instructor Nubia Henderson. Cost: FREE, but Suggested donation: $10. To learn more about Kids Jamm, visit here.
4. Kids Science Labs (Ongoing)- Various locations
Kids Science Labs (KSL) offers hands-on learning classes intended to make learning engaging and fun. Students hone their skills in Creativity, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking and Innovation through classes such as “Design the Future: Modern Marvels”, Mixing Madness: Chemistry for Kids” and “How It’s Made”. Learn more about Kids Science Labs’ Summer Innovators Camp at kidssciencelabs.com.
5. Kids Eat Chicago- Grant Park- July 14 and 15
This two-day event will feature tons of activities for kids including bouncy houses, giant slides, soccer games, a multi-museum pop-up (includes Shedd Aquarium, Kohl’s Children Museum) and more. There will also be a quiet tent for children with special needs. Kids Eat Chicago allows both parents and kids to enjoy the Taste of Chicago. Cost: FREE
6. Baby Soul Jam – The Promontory- Hyde Park- July 14 (10 am – 12 pm)
It’s a day party for the kids! Kids can dance along with the DJ, enjoy live entertainment, and sing-alongs at this all-ages affair. It’s also a great opportunity for parents to mix and mingle with Presented by Mama Fresh and Kido, there will also be special giveaways for the moms. Cost: Kids- FREE; Adults- $15. Information and tickets available at Eventbrite.
7. Black Panther- Movie in the Park- DuSable Museum – August 18
Take the family and enjoy Wakanda one more time this August 18 for Movies in the Park at DuSable Museum’s Outdoor Sunken Garden. It’s FREE.
8. SGA Gymnastics- 14828 McKinley Ave, Posen
SGA Gymnastics offers a range of summer classes in gymnastics, tumbling, cheer and dance. Adults can also enjoy classes sessions in wellness and fitness. Find out more about SGA Gymnastics offerings at www.southlandgymnastics.com.
9. Eden Place Nature Center- 4417 S. Stewart
At Eden Place, kids can enjoy the petting zoo, learn about farming, gardening, composting and more. As the only urban farm on Chicago’s South side, it’s a unique opportunity for kids to learn about nature and conservation. Eden Place Nature Center is open Monday- Friday.
For the older kids…
10. Race: Why Are So Different Exhibit- Chicago History Museum- Lincoln Park
Between television, video games and technology, it’s tough engaging the youth during the summer months. However, the Chicago History Museum offers a truly interesting and educational experience, with its exhibit “Race: Why Are So Different?” Race is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. The exhibit explores three primary themes: The science of human variation, the history of the idea of race and the contemporary experience of race and racism in the United States. Race’s coverage of practical areas including Affirmative Action, Housing Discrimination, and Race in the Census make it a winner for the entire family. Grab your kids and catch this awesome exhibit before it leaves town. Exhibit open until July 15.