You may look ahead at summer break with a mix of joy and fear (yay to the end of homeschooling! . . . but how do you keep the kids busy now?). We’re here to help. Start filling your calendar with fun family events and activities. This weekend, that includes virtual music classes, a Chicago-inspired family movie night and ballet class at home! See? Nothing to be a-scared of.

Virtual Events

Take a Music Class with Bubbles Academy
Get movin’ & groovin’ with Bubbles Academy via a Virtual Family Music & Movement class! Fri. Event details. & Sat. Event details.

Get Creative with Bennett Live
Creative Play is a Reggio Emilia-inspired creative and play-based exploration program where students can explore ideas and investigate the world they live in. Fri. Event details.

Slip Into Your Ballet Shoes 
Ballet, the Bubbles way! They’ll introduce ballet basics through a thematic storytelling approach, and get your bodies and imagination moving! Fri. Event details

Have a Family Jam-a-Long
Grab any instruments you have at home (Homemade maracas count! Just add dry rice or beans to a container) and join in for an afternoon virtual jam session! Fri. Event details

Have a Virtual Meet-Up with Miss Jamie
No need to change out of your PJs as you have a family-jam with Miss Jamie. Sat. Event details

Family Activities

Support Covid Relief by Buying a “Chicago Strong” T-Shirt
Bandwagon Champs created the Chicago Strong collection to help those impacted by the coronavirus, with 100% of the net proceeds benefitting the Chicago Community Covid-19 Response Fund. Details.

Find the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in Chicago
We let our taste buds guide us to the best chocolate chip cookies in Chicago and are sharing their whereabouts. Take a quick field trip this weekend to give one of them (or a few, we won’t judge) a try! Details.

Write a Letter to a Brookfield Zoo Lion
While we’ve been social distancing, Brookfield Zoo welcomed some pretty exciting arrivals—two African lions. While Chicago hasn’t been able to welcome these beauties in person, they’re asking kids to send drawings they’ll place in view of the lion habitat. Details.

Make a Few Wacky Roadside Stops
There are quite a few interesting sites around Chicago you can view without stepping out of your car. Set out on an adventure to find them with the family. Details.

Have a Family Movie Date Night
Yikes. We’re on week 11 of Chicago-themed family movie night recommendations. You’ve watched Ferris Bueller, Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Space Jam, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, A League of Their Own, Sixteen Candles, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Little Fockers and Oceans 11. Next up: The Breakfast Club. Construct a fort, pop popcorn and enjoy introducing your kids to a classic.

— Maria Chambers

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