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.

Thursdays . . . almost to the weekend!

Start your day off right with yoga in the park. Connect to nature while exercising the body and imagination with your little yogi. Toddlers will practice fun animal yoga poses and also engage in activities like guided nature exploration, reading a storybook, and more. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Have improvised fun at the zoo. Aspiring actors or kids who just like to take in a show can watch (and join in the fun) as the talented improvisational performers from Chicago’s Storytown troupe put on a 20-minute performance. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park; Tuesdays, 11 a.m., noon & 1 p.m.

Watch a live frog (or toad!) feeding. Ribbit! Take a peek in the Look-In Lab to catch animal experts feeding the various species of frogs and toads. The kids will be hoppin' mad if they miss this one! Peggy Notebaert Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Lincoln Park; Thursdays, 1 p.m.-1:15 p.m.

Yet another movie in the park. We just can't get enough of these outdoor movies! Just a hop, skip and a jump from the city is Oak Park’s Scoville Park, where they’ll be playing family loved movies at dusk all summer long. Scoville Park, 800 Lake St., Oak Park; Thursdays (Jul. 20, Aug. 17), dusk. 

Oh yes it's family night, oh what a night!  Head to the Children’s Garden for after-hours fun with live music, kid-friendly fare and entertainment. Be sure to explore the Children’s Garden and Maze Garden. Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL Rte. 53, Lisle; Thursdays thru Aug. 24, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

photo: Baby yoga at LPZ courtesy of Todd Rosenberg Photography 2012

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

— Maria Chambers