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.
Yahoo! Friday fun!
Get silly with Mr. Singer. Sway along to a joyful jamboree featuring animal songs and dances for wee ones. Every show features a kids’ choice and a grown-ups choice giving you the opportunity to request your favorite sing-along song. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park. Fridays, 9:15 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Meet a scientist and learn something new. Scientists will be on-hand discussing their work and showing real artifacts and specimens from over 24 million objects not currently on display. Topics range from birds to insects, from mammals to plants, from pottery to spear points and more. The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Fridays, 11 a.m.
Who doesn't love a good puppet story time? Discover the world of make believe by immersing yourself in new worlds and new adventures at a weekly story time with Bill and his trusty sidekick, who puts on an amazingly shadowy performance. Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park; Fridays, 11:30 a.m.
Things are getting a bit fishy around here. See what we're talking about in the River Works exhibit where you'll catch animal experts feeding fish in all colors of the rainbow. Peggy Notebaert Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Lincoln Park; Fridays, 1 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Spend your summer nights at the zoo. After a day of visiting lions, tigers and bears, families can wind down with music or magic or juggling acts on the zoo’s east mall. (While you're there, be sure to check out their temporary Dinos & Dragons exhibit.) Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield; Fridays thru Aug. 12, 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
photo: Brookfield Zoo, Summer Nights
How will you make the most of your summer weekdays in Chicago? Tell us your secrets in the Comments below!
— Maria Chambers