Guess what, Chicago? Summer break is here! You know what that means, right? It means the kids think you’ve suddenly turned camp counselor and have nonstop, hair-raising fun planned from the minute they wake all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ’til you tuck them in with a kiss and a yawn. Lucky for you (or the nanny), we did a bit of research and found ways to keep them moving, learning, laughing and happy every weekday this summer.  Read on and start loading up your Palm Pilot (you still have one of those, right?) with to-dos.

Monday, Monday . . . so good to us!

Young Explorer's MondayCalling all curious explorers! Check out Young Explorers Mondays, where children and their families can try stellar hands-on activities like Fly a Kite, Stories Under the Stars, and more. Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Museum Campus; Mondays, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Spend a morning with The Storybook Mom. Attending a weekly storytime with The Storybook Mom will one day be at the top of the list for “You know you had an awesome childhood if you . . .”Nili engages young readers of all ages through a variety of new and classic books, while sprinkling songs and movement in as well. Little Threads, 2033 W. Roscoe, Roscoe Village, Mondays, 10:30 a.m.

A story time at the Museum. Walk into the pages of a different book with interactive storytelling led by expert museum staff. Kohl Children's Museum, 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview; Mondays, 11 a.m.

Have a messy Monday in Rockford. Keep the mess out of the house and at the museum! Each week a guest artist presents an art technique workshop for kids and by the end, the kids will have brand new knowledge a an art object to take home! Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford; Mondays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Watch a salamander grab grub. Mosey on in to the Mysteries of the Marsh to watch expert staff feed the beautiful salamanders. Peggy Notebaert Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Lincoln Park; Mondays, 1 p.m.-1:15 p.m.

Catch a live show with That's Weird, Granda: Attack of the Phantom of the BBQWritten by kids. Performed by a rotating crew of big people with live music, original dance numbers, wigs and props galore, Barrel of Monkeys is proud to present a collection of brand new adaptations from their 20th Anniversary season. Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Andersonville. Mondays (Jun. 19-Jul. 17 & Aug. 7-28), 8 p.m.

photo: That's Weird, Grandma

How will you make the most of your summer weekdays in Chicago? Tell us your secrets in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers