Summer Break, Not Allowed

Written by: Marisa Mathews

Summer brings a variety of opportunities to engage and enrich your child’s learning experience.  Just because school is out doesn’t mean your child shouldn’t exercise his/her young mind.  Taking a simple trip to the park to throw a ball helps develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and physical endurance. You can also help your child explore their creative side by working on fun arts and crafts activities.

In addition to the above typical fun activities, there are plenty of more structured and unique ways to spend the summer with your child as well. Here are some activities to blend into your summer routine:

  • Stay sharp with Bright Kids Chicago’s Preschool Alternative for ages 2.5 to 4yr olds or Singapore Math for upcoming Kindergarten to 2nd grade students.
  • Enjoy reading at Chicago Public Library's Early Literacy Program for ages 13 to 27 months or Wee Ones ages 12 to 24 months.
  • Discover the Chicago Park District  playgrounds, and Art & ABCs for 1.5 to 3 year olds (limited space).
  • Explore the Field Museum of Natural History’s Crown Family Playlab for ages 2 to 6 or Dino Camp:  I Spy a Dinosaur! Do You? for ages 3 to 4.
  • Take a vacation where new experiences are learned.
  • Cook together using units of measurement to build skills and broaden education.

The trick to summer educational enjoyment is to keep kids learning through consistent events that are fun, simple, and stimulating.  These activities should be enjoyed by the whole family. If everything seems overwhelming, relax, and don’t forget to enjoy SUMMER.

Written by Cessily Walker, Sales and Marketing Coordinator for Bright Kids Chicago. She joined BKC in 2012 and brings several years of marketing and sales experience in NYC and teaching experience as a Secondary Educator in Texas. For more information, visit

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 8:58 AM