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Summer Fun

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Long cold winters and soggy springs leave us very ready to enjoy warm summer days! Chicagoans are fortunate to have amazing parks throughout the city, beaches along Lake Michigan, and beautiful spaces such as the Riverwalk and the 606 for outdoor activities. From front porches to backyard grilling, summer is meant for fun. This week is all about our summer favorites from baseball to kite flying to sailing. Immerse yourself in fun as you create, experiment, draw, and play to celebrate the season.

A Tough Call and Your Homerun Choices | Reading, Discussing, Writing

Read or listen to the story A Tough Call to find how the White Sox dominated baseball during the mid 1910s and the scandal that ruined the 1919 season. In the story, meet Danny, a huge White Sox fan, who draws lessons from the past to make his own tough call. Then fill out baseballs showcasing your own homerun choices.

Windy City Kites | Crafting

Chicago is often called the Windy City. It earned this nickname because politicians and organizers were bragging about Chicago while lobbying to be the host city for the 1893 world’s fair. Today, most people associate it with our gusty weather. Make your own paper bag kite and see how high you can fly it in the Windy City!

Set Sail! | Crafting, Experimenting

Chicago’s beaches along Lake Michigan are fantastic places to play outside and breath in some cooler air. They are also home to sailboat races all summer long. Make your own cork boat, then test how well it floats as you set sail!

Picture Perfect | Drawing, Game Playing

If you close your eyes and picture your perfect summer day, what would it include? Use your drawing and guessing skills to play a fun game of pictionary all about summer favorites from arts and crafts to zoos.

Outside Fun! | Design, Game Playing

From running and biking along the lakefront to beach volleyball to sailing, we embrace the warm weather months and take advantage of Chicago’s beautiful public spaces. Have fun designing your own outdoor game course. Then go play!

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