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Summer Guide: Keep Chicago Kids Busy

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on June 6
Children play outside on a playground

St. Nicholas Cathedral School’s summer camp in Ukrainian Village Aug. 4. (Brian Cassella / Tribune / Getty)

School almost out and waiting for camp to start? We’ve got ideas for what to do with your kids and teens.

Best for the bibliophiles: Summer at Chicago Public Library

Kids 13 and under can get a T-shirt if they read 500 minutes and complete five activities. Teens who check off the library’s Pick 4 Card can be entered in a raffle for prizes.

Best for whole families: Museums

Go to big institutions like the Museum of Science & Industry on free days or pick up a free pass from a library or your alder. Check out free neighborhood museums like the National Museum of Mexican Art!

Best for kids with energy to burn: CircEsteem in Uptown, XS Tennis in Washington Park

Children can try out trapeze and clowning at the circus camp. Future tennis stars can enroll in full or half-day camps.

Young people can take acting classes with an experienced coach every Saturday this month. Teens can also try their hand at improv.

Best for STEM: Girls Who Code

Teen students who identify as girls or non-binary can join the waitlist for the virtual self-paced or immersion coding programs.

Best for teens who want some cash: After School Matters

Adolescents can earn a stipend while learning to dance, cook, and more across the city. The program doesn’t start until June 26, but your teen can apply in the meantime!

What do you do with your kids in the summer? Email, and we’ll share!

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