Summer camps offer enrichment for kids

2014-04-16T00:00:00Z Summer camps offer enrichment for kidsJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
April 16, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Pretty soon the kids will be out of school and their parents will be looking for activities to keep them busy.

The Chicago Park District has planned some exciting summer programs for Mann Park in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood.

Day Camp at Mann will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, June 23 to Aug. 1 at Mann Fieldhouse. It costs $235 for residents and $470 for nonresidents and is for ages 6 to 13.

During this summer day camp children spend the day with kids their age in a fun and supervised environment. Children participate in recreational activities, arts and crafts, sports, and swimming in a park pool or in Lake Michigan, along with regular field trips.

A similar camp will be held the same times and dates for individuals with a primary intellectual or developmental disability. A wide range of activities are taught by specially trained instructors, and include arts and crafts, field trips, sports, games and more.

This is for ages 8 and older and costs $125 for residents, $250 nonresidents.

In-person registration began April 12 and online registration is also available.

Visit for more information.

Adler Planetarium in Chicago offers a variety of summer day camp experiences for ages 5 to 14. Space and technology enthusiasts can spend part of their summer designing a spacesuit, building rockets, programming robots and more.

Camps run daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration for the 2014 summer session is now open. Visit or call (312) 322-0329.

Chicago’s Field Museum offers multi-arts camps for ages 4 to 10 with one- and two-week sessions, June 9 to Aug. 15.

Kids learn to discover, explore and imagine while experimenting with a variety of art materials and methods that encourage the development of creative thinking and problem solving skills.

Camps are grouped by ages. Projects include painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, printmaking, performance, digital art and more.

Visit or call (312) 629-6170 for more information.

Navy Pier celebrates the season with a special week of events called Swing into Spring, taking place now through April 20.

Visitors can pose for pictures with the Easter Bunny, meet and greet live animals from Brookfield Zoo, PAWS and the Anti-Cruelty Society and take a $1 ride on the wave singer in Pier Park.

Photos with the bunny are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in the family pavilion.

For more information, visit

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