Fresh Ideas for the Week: Virtual Events, At-Home Activities, and Outdoor Fun

Activities at Home

Wow, that rain was intense this past week. I hope everyone that had water in their basements has been able to come up with a plan or have it fixed! Even though storms are tough, I’m thankful for the sun, warmth, and lush vegetation afterwards. Can you tell I’m trying to stay positive?! It’s so difficult when my kids have been talking about everything they are going to miss this summer. I feel for them because I feel the same. We just have to keep moving forward and trying to think of more fun things to do!

The good news is that we have been staying on top of the summer camp situation. Our camp guide is still in process, but we’ve gotten a lot of updates. Click here for the current version of the summer camp guide.

Fresh ideas for the week ahead are below. We found more unique virtual experiences along with indoor and outdoor fun!

I hope this photo makes you laugh. :) We had a lot of goofy fun.

Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day)

Virtual: Learn about vibrations with Kohl Children’s Museum

At Home: Make friendship bracelets and drop them off at front doors to brighten someone’s day

Outside: Can you believe it’s Memorial Day? It snuck up on me, but we decided to have a barbecue anyway with our small family! No reason we still can’t enjoy ribs and potato salad, right?!

Tuesday, May 26

Virtual: Tot Time through Burr Ridge Village Center features Miss Jamie on the Farm from 10-10:30am through Facebook Live.

At Home: Make your own puffy paint

Outside: Plant a vegetable garden if you haven’t already. The weather is perfect for planting and you’ll enjoy eating all those fresh green beans, tomatoes, and zucchini! Click here for our guide to how to grow your own food. Bright Horizons also has great information about teaching kids to garden.

Wednesday, May 27

Virtual: Brookfield Zoo is still bringing the zoo to you live on their Facebook page, weekdays at 11am!

At Home: Make homemade paper from recycled paper

Outside: Add food dye to the water in an ice cube tray and freeze. Pop them out onto the sidewalk; kids can swirl them around to make colorful trails and puddles.

Thursday, May 28

Virtual: The Really Awesome Improv Show from Second City is 100% family friendly and really entertaining! It’s free every Thursday at 1pm. Click here to sign up to get the Zoom info.

At Home: Finger paint in the bathtub! Click here for a homemade finger paint recipe made especially for the bathtub.

Outside: Paint with water! It sounds simple, but my kids loved this for years. Wooden fences work especially well.

Friday, May 29

Virtual Event: Chat with Maximo the Titanosaur at Field Museum and learn about the largest known dinosaur. You can literally message him questions and he will answer!

At Home: When potatoes turn green or start to shrivel, it’s a perfect time to make stamps out of them! Leftover bits of celery also work great to create a masterpiece. Have your kids dip them in paint and use their imagination to turn the shapes into animals or a scene.

Outside: Have a picnic and read together in your yard. Some of my best memories with my kids have been reading with the sun on our faces.

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  • Thanks Annie, for your continued commitment to help family find great opportunities to spend time together.


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