Activities

Using extravagant love to transform the lives of youth

Using extravagant love to transform the lives of inner city youth: how we reach inner city youth with these at-risk youth activities that are changing lives. Read about it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com. Every year we take our kids on a summer retreat to Michigan. This year we started off our retreat with two nights at Great Wolf Lodge, an exciting water resort. The kids will also experience fun and unique activities at the ranch house including an arcade, a swimming pool, a pantry stocked with snacks and candy, a giant playground, golf carts, bikes and electric scooters, and more. 

On past trips we’ve taken the kids to Mackinac Island, to the Creation Museum, to play laser tag, to the movies, and more. On this trip we plan to take the kids to see an Amish farm, a baseball game, a children’s museum, and Barnes and Noble where we plan to buy them each books. 

Using extravagant love to transform the lives of inner city youth: how we reach inner city youth with these at-risk youth activities that are changing lives. Read about it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com. A lot of our activities are educational, but most of them are just fun stuff that they wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience otherwise. Our kids grow up in the inner city of Chicago, surrounded by drug use, gang violence, and the cycle of interrupted education. 

We make it our goal to not only provide them with educational experiences, but  also with entertaining, multi-cultural activities that they will remember for the rest of their lives. We want our kids to know that they are loved, they are valued, and that we enjoy spending time with them. 

Using extravagant love to transform the lives of inner city youth: how we reach inner city youth with these at-risk youth activities that are changing lives. Read about it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com. Why is that important? In this post here we talk about the epidemic of fatherlessness and how our program aims to combat some of its effects. Our kids desperately need both a broader experience of the world, outside of their sometimes toxic environment, and they need to feel secure in both the parental and friend-type relationships an extended outing experience like our summer retreat provides. 

If you are interested in supporting our program so that we can provide more of these experiences to at-risk youth in Chicago, you can donate at PayPal.me/starfishchicago. Make a note that it is for our Outings and Events Program. Together we can transform the hearts and minds of the inner city youth of Chicago. 

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Activities

How to have fun with your kids in Chicago this summer 

How to have fun with your kids this summer in Chicago: if you're looking for things to do in Chicago with your kids, or you just need a resource that lists parks, splash parks, hiking, biking ideas and more, you should check out this post at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com. In this post here we shared some educational activities you can try to keep your kids’ minds sharp and busy this summer. However, in Chicago, the weather is only nice for half of the year, so you gotta get out and enjoy it while you can! Today we’re sharing some great ideas for getting out and spending quality time with your kids while the weather is still nice. We live in a great city; you might as well take advantage of it!

Maggie Daley Park

This park is the mother lode. It is the biggest park in Chicagoland as far as we can see. It’s actually several mini parks including a couple of splash parks in one, and it’s right in downtown not too far from Millennium Park. 

606 trail

The 606 used to be an abandoned railway, but now it’s 2.7 miles of multi-use recreational trails and parks. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should! It’s in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, and is easily accessible by train or bus. 

Splash parks

It gets crazy hot here in the Chi in the summer, so you need to keep those kids wet! Click here for a list of the best splash parks in the area, because you know your kid is gonna love it!
How to have fun with your kids this summer in Chicago: if you're looking for things to do in Chicago with your kids, or you just need a resource that lists parks, splash parks, hiking, biking ideas and more, you should check out this post at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com. Swimming pools 

One of the best parts of living in Chicago is enjoying the free swimming pools that the park district has to offer! Click this link to search all the pools in the Chicago Park District. 

Hiking

Chicago may be urban, but we still have forest preserves! It will do you all some good to spend some time in the woods this summer. Check out this article for a list of Chicago spots to go hiking. 

Bike riding on the lakefront trail

Nothing quite as exhilarating as riding your bike with the wind at your back (okay, maybe a little bit TOO MUCH wind), Lake Michigan on one side, and skyscrapers on the other. Just make sure not to bring your littles on this path, because the other bikers and runners can be a little aggressive. 

Baseball game

We have not one, but TWO Major League Baseball teams in our great city, so take your kids to a game!

Architectural river cruise

This one is a tourist staple, so if you’re a local and you haven’t seen the city by boat, you’re missing out!

How to have fun with your kids this summer in Chicago: if you're looking for things to do in Chicago with your kids, or you just need a resource that lists parks, splash parks, hiking, biking ideas and more, you should check out this post at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com. Navy Pier

Navy Pier is expensive, so you can’t go all the time, but at least once a year you should take your kids. There’s a Ferris wheel, mini golf, an awesome children’s museum, cute shops and restaurants and more. 

Outdoor mini golf

This is so much fun for the kids, even if you’re terrible at it! Take advantage of the warm weather, and if it’s raining you can find an indoor course. 

Movies in the park

Free movies! Yes! If your kids are a little past the toddler age, this is a great option for those beautiful summer nights. 

Outdoor music festivals 

These are perfect for the older kids! They’re also a great way to bond with that teen who forgot how to relate to their parents. 

Beach

What’s a summer without the beach? Fortunately, Chicago has a TON for you to visit with your kids. 

What are you doing with your kids this summer that didn’t make our list?

education

15 educational activities for kids

15 educational activities for kids: from science experiments to reading activities, this list is a great resource for parents and teachers! Find it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com.
Summer is coming soon, and I know what the kids are thinking: “Yay! No school!” The parents, on the other hand are thinking, “No school? What am I gonna do with these guys?!” No worries! We here at Starfish have scoured the world of Pinterest for the best educational activities for your kids, so you can keep ’em busy, and keep ’em learning! Click each title to visit the original post with instructions and images for each activity. 

1. Make your own solar oven

Because, you know, summer! I’ve always wanted to try this one. 

2. Counting money in cupcake liners

Creativity is the key to getting kids to like math. 

3. Fraction flowers using paper plates

This post includes a set of printable fraction circles!

4. Make a homemade bird feeder 

This one is so simple to make. Only three steps. 

5. STEM challenge: how many drops of water can you put on a coin?

Teach your kids about surface tension with this science activity that will get your kids thinking. 

15 educational activities for kids: from science experiments to reading activities, this list is a great resource for parents and teachers! Find it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com. 6. Multiplication squares game

The traditional competitive game of squares with a math twist!

7. Sight word twister

A great way to combine a gross motor activity that kids love with practicing reading skills.  

8. Telling time puzzles

Make telling time fun and interactive for kids. Includes free printable!

9. Shaving cream rain clouds

This hands-on science activity is colorful and exciting!

10. Sunshine addition fact families activity 

Make math fun for your first grader with this addition activity that uses clothespins.

15 educational activities for kids: from science experiments to reading activities, this list is a great resource for parents and teachers! Find it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com. 11. Sidewalk chalk sight words and ABCs activities 

This post has 30+ sidewalk chalk activities that help with letters and reading!

12. Disappearing egg shell activity

This is a fun experiment for kids of all ages!

13. Cup equation spinners

A unique math game that your kids will enjoy for sure.

14. Little spelling boxes

This activity you can actually take with you when you’re on the go!

15. Epic slime recipe

Because what kid isn’t a fan of slime?

Starfish Learning Center is an after school program for at-risk youth in the inner city of Chicago! Visit our website to find out how you can partner with us to change lives: starfishchicago.org.  At Starfish, we love finding fun and creative ways to get our kids learning! Hopefully these ideas will get your kids off their screens and get their brains active. Have a great summer!

15 educational activities for kids: from science experiments to reading activities, this list is a great resource for parents and teachers! Find it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com.