Chicago Park District

Kids Get Down and Dirty with Nature at Family Adventure Day June 3

5/25/2012

 

The Chicago Park District invites families to get down and dirty with nature at Family Adventure Day from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at Northerly Island, 1400 S. Linn White Dr., on the Museum Campus.  The event is admission free and will officially kick-off Chicago Wilderness’ June, Leave No Child Inside month.
 
Each year, thousands of children across the greater Chicago and northwest Indiana region participate in a variety of Leave No Child Inside activities that encourage them to get outside and experience nature, to benefit their health and foster a sense of stewardship of our natural resources.
 
Family Adventure Day will offer families the opportunity to explore the great outdoors on Northerly Island, focusing on nature activities such as fort building, kite flying, nature hikes, fishing, creating nature-inspired crafts, and much more.  This day of outdoor fun is targeted towards early childhood aged children, but has activities available for kids of all ages.  
 
The following activities will be available at Family Adventure Day:
  • Discover Illinois Wildlife:  Presented by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, where kids will learn about the different wildlife that lives throughout this region.
     
  • Build a campfire:  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will teach kids about fire safety, how to build a safe campfire, sing songs and enjoy marshmallows.
     
  • Discovery Hike:  Kids and families can partake in a naturalist-led walk around Northerly Island.
     
  • Chicago’s Fish’n Kids Program: Free fishing instruction for kids ages six and up.  Kids are guaranteed to catch a fish.
     
  • Fort Building:  Kids will use found materials from the natural surroundings to build their own forts.
     
  • Fairy Houses:  Kids use their imagination and create a fairy house from nature.Frogs and Toads, Oh My!:  Feel the difference between a frog, toad and a turtle with educator David Stokes. 
     
  • Mud Paining: Garfield Park Alliance will help kids create a masterpiece using natural elements such as mud.
     
  • Kite flying:  Kids and families can enjoy flying kites for free.  Check out a kite and let them take to the skies.  Wind dependant.
     
  • Nature Journaling: The journal allows children to decorate the covers as they wish.  The inside gives kids ideas of what to do on a nature hike.    |
     
  • Gym Wheel: Learn to play with a Gym Wheel and The Cirques Experience Wheel Jam. 
 
For more information, call 312-742-PLAY.  For more information on Leave No Child Inside month, visit www.chicagowilderness.org.
 
Directions by car to Northerly Island
Take Lake Shore Drive (N or S) to the 18th Street/Museum Campus exit.  Follow Museum Campus Drive toward Adler Planetarium.  Turn right on Linn White Drive.  Go past the Charter One Pavilion (on left) and the Burnham Harbor Yacht Club (on right).  The visitor center and free parking are on the left.
 
Northerly Island is also accessible by public transportation:  Take the #146 bus, exit at Linn White Drive and walk south to the Visitor Center.
 
 

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