Summer Learning / Reading Programs for Kids in Chicago

Some elementary students are already in summer break, and CPS students are ending the school year today. In order to keep my children reading and engaged during summer, I signed them up to Summer Learning Challenge with the Chicago Public Library. The program which was only “Reading program” last year has been expanded this year. Here are few programs that you can register your kids and keep on track during summer.


Chicago Public Library’s Summer Learning Challenge Dates: June 17, 2013 – August 10, 2013
This program has become very comprehensive since last year. In addition to reading, they added “Learn”, “Create” and “Discover”. You register for the program at your library, get your booklet and start logging the books and the minutes kids read. There are experiments you can do and other resources you can learn and discover in the booklet. Local libraries have lots of in-house programs. There are many add-ons such as Bedtime Math. Every time you visit the library with your log book, you enter a raffle to win books and other prizes. The Chicago Public Library presents the Summer Learning Challenge in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, Museum of Science and Industry, Art Institute of Chicago, Goodman Theatre and the National Summer Learning Association.


Chicago Summer of Learning
When children sign up for this program, they can explore, play and learn with partnering organizations, such as parks, museums and libraries and earn badges along the way. They can unlock exploratory challenges and make their own projects to add to their skills. They’ll showcase their work at an end of summer event in Chicago.

summerbraingames Museum of Science and Industry’s Summer Brain Games

When you register to take part in MSI’s Summer Brain Games, and you’ll receive a voucher good for a FREE Museum Entry to MSI this summer. MSI will send you weekly emails with tips on each experiment and additional ways to play with science. Each week, one lucky winner will receive a household membership to MSI to experience a whole YEAR of science. Later, MSI will invite you to share your Summer Brain Games experiences for a chance to win a family tech package including a notebook computer, iPad and digital camera!


Barnes & Noble’s “Imagination Destination” Summer Reading
When children read any 8 books, they’ll record them in the Reading Journal, and bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. They can choose a FREE BOOK from B&N selection on the Reading Journal list at the store.

Pottery Barn kids Summer Reading Challenge Date: through August 26, 2013
Children who read the 14 books in their PBK Favorites list and log their progress in the tracker, they can receive a free book with their certificate of completion and enter for a chance to win a backpack full of books.


Showcase Theaters Bookworm Wednesdays Date: July 10, 2013 – August 7, 2013
Every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. from July 10 – August 7, just bring a book report, which you can download from Showcase website, to the select Bookworm Wednesdays movie and that’ll be your price of admission!

Also enjoy Family Fun Festival at the Millenum Park from June 17 through Sunday, August 18, 2012 and various street festivals through the city and the suburbs by Star Events.

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