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.

Get over the Wednesday hump

Kick up your feet for a morning show in the air conditioning. Classic Cinemas is making fun cheap with their $1 Wednesday Morning Movie Series, showing a different kid flick every week. Employees dress as popular characters and facilitate games in the lobby prior to show time. Various Classic Cinemas throughout Chicagoland; Wednesdays, doors open at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. show.

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. Wednesdays, 9:15 a.m. & 10 a.m.

Story time with songs and craftsPop into the recently opened book café in Wicker Park for storytime with the owner, a former pre-K teacher, Miss Kimberly. She offers great recommendations for young readers based on the age group and interests. Volumes Book Cafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park; Wednesdays, 10 a.m.

Can't get enough of story time! This femme-focused bookstore hosts a fun morning of singing, dancing and silliness as former store co-owner Linda Bubon reads and performs for a room full of excited tots. Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St., Andersonville; Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Drop a line at the Nature MuseumLearn how to cast a fly, spin or bait a fishing rod on the historic North Pond Casting Pier. Lessons and equipment are provided, so just come ready for fun! Peggy Notebaert Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Lincoln Park; Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Spend your day covered in paint. Paint Covered Wednesdays provide children the artistic opportunity of a lifetime. Little artists use a variety of paints, methods and canvases as they learn to express their stories, to create new things and expand their understanding of the world around them. Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park; Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.

Who doesn't love a good puppet story time?  Discover the intrigue 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; Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.

We smell a rat in our midst! Not really . . . BUT, you can stop into the Look-In Lab to take a peek at rats feeding. Peggy Notebaert Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Lincoln Park; Wednesdays, 1 p.m.-1:15 p.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; Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m.

Do a little bit of shopping, a little bit of moving watching. Reward the kids for shopping well done with an outdoor showing of one of their favorite movies shown on a big screen in the Village Green. Oakbrook Center Village Green, 100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook; Wednesdays thru Aug. 9, 7 p.m.

Forget baseball, check out Movies at the {Ball}Park. The venerable Music Box Theatre will host free sundown movie showings featuring preshow guest appearances. Nuts on Clark, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and food truck faire will be available for purchase at each showing. Park at Wrigley, 3637 N. Clark St., Lakeview; Wednesdays (Jun. 28, Jul. 12 & 26, Aug. 9 & 23), 7 p.m.

Go Bearfoot in the Park. Take your dinner, folding chairs and lawn blankets for a fun, mid-week free concert at the Bearfoot in the Park Concert Series. Jackman Park Gazebo, 1930 Prairie St., Glenview; Tuesdays, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Light up the night with a fireworks display. Bedtime, schmedtime . . . keep the kids up a tad later to watch a fireworks display synchronized to music with the skyline serving as its backdrop. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Streeterville; Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m.

photo: Oakbrook Center's Movies on the Green

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

— Maria Chambers