Family Adventure Days

August 2, 2010 12:08:14 PM PDT
If your children are starting to get bored by summer, try something different: take them to Family Adventure Days and explore one of Chicago's neighborhoods. Last year, the family-focused city excursions were called Family Day Camp, and they were so popular, the program has been brought back this summer. Family Adventure Days are filled with hands-on nature and art activities, along with trips to neighborhood parks and cultural organizations. From fishing to museum tours, three to five families and a tour leader travel via public transportation to explore Chicago neighborhoods.

Family Adventure Days, co-sponsored by the Chicago Office of Tourism and Chicago Park District, take place on Fridays through August 27, and on Saturday, August 28. They are recommended for children ages 6 and up with an adult and are $12 per person. Register by calling 312.742.8497 or visit www.explorechicago.org. All ticket sales are final and exchanges will be offered subject to availability. Family Adventure Days departs from the Visitor Information Center at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. at 9:30 a.m. and returns back at 2:30 p.m. Lunch and transportation are included. ABC 7 viewers may use the promotional code SUMMER to receive $2 off the ticket price.

In addition to Family Adventure Days, check out Neighborhood Week at the Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park through August 1 and Neighborhood Scavenger Hunts taking place throughout the summer until August 31. To find more ideas for family fun, visit www.explorechicago.org.

Here is the Family Adventure Days schedule for the rest of the summer with highlights of activities in each neighborhood:

Pilsen: August 6
Visit Chicago's largest Mexican-American community in Pilsen. Tour the exhibits at the National Museum of Mexican Art, and then make your own masterpiece in a hands-on workshop. Grab a quick authentic Mexican lunch on bustling 18th Street before checking out the neighborhood's spectacular murals.

Garfield Park: August 13
Take the Green Line to see the sights in Garfield Park, one of Chicago's greenest neighborhoods. Tour the Garfield Park Conservatory to learn about the thousands of different flowers and plants on display. Lunch and games on the terrace are followed by fishing in the Garfield Park Lagoon.

Hyde Park: August 20
Discover the neighborhood made famous by the University of Chicago and President Barack Obama. Find your creative side in a tour and art-making activity at the Hyde Park Art Center. Outdoor activities and stops at other Hyde Park landmarks like Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House round out the day.

Lincoln Park: August 27
Enjoy a stop at one of Lincoln Park's hidden gems, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, before a tour of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and a fun, hands-on activity. A picturesque lunch on the lakefront is followed by fishing in the Lincoln Park Lagoon.

Jackson Park: August 28
Explore nature and the site of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition on this excursion to Jackson Park. Stroll through Wooded Island and the Osaka Garden on a guided tour and learn how to fish in the nearby lagoon.

Chicago is a great family destination and an excellent value this summer. In addition to Family Adventure Days, check out Neighborhood Week at the Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park through August 1 and Neighborhood Scavenger Hunts taking place throughout the summer until August 31. To find more ideas for family fun, visit www.explorechicago.org.

Family Adventure Days are co-presented by the Chicago Park District and are part of the Chicago Office of Tourism's 2010 summer tourism campaign, Explore Chicago: Eat, Play, Love our Neighborhoods, a series of programs and activities created to give visitors and residents even more tools for exploring Chicago's 77 distinct communities.

The Chicago Office of Tourism, a division of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, is the official city agency dedicated to promoting Chicago to domestic and international visitors and providing innovative visitor programs and services.

Visitors and Chicagoans planning to entertain out-of-town guests can receive Chicago brochures, reserve hotel accommodations and receive trip-planning assistance by calling toll-free 1.877.CHICAGO (1.877.244.2246), or visiting www.explorechicago.org. Brochures and information on Chicago events and activities are also available at the Visitor Information Centers. The centers are located at Chicago Water Works, 163 East Pearson Street at Michigan Avenue and the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph Street. The TTY toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1.866.710.0294.

"METAMORPHOSING MONARCHS" at FAMILY ADVENTURE DAYS IN LINCOLN PARK:

"Metamorphosing Monarchs" teaches children how to use their observation skills to study the parts of the butterfly and butterfly metamorphosis. Children will be able to:

  • See how the caterpillar's body form is transformed into a butterfly. They learn to describe and name the different body parts of the butterfly.

  • Build their own model of a butterfly and its life cycle stages. Each participant colors their own butterfly eggs, chrysalis, caterpillar, and finally butterfly. Then, they are shown how the 4 pieces work together

    FAMILY ADVENTURE DAYS

    Every Friday through August 27 and Saturday, August 28
    Register at 312.742.8497
    www.explorechicago.org


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