Today, more than ever, it is important to keep one's body and mind, active and healthy. The Chicago Park District takes great pride in making Chicago’s parks the perfect place to spend with family and friends. Yet given the current circumstances, we encourage Chicagoans to stay home and briefly go outdoors. We hope residents will go for short walks or runs in their neighborhoods while maintaining the appropriate physical distance from one another.
Please remember - Stay Home. Save Lives. For more information about park locations and facilities closed: Chicago Park District COVID-19 Response.
And when in your homes, the Park District will deliver ways to stay active, with a series of activities and programs typically offered at park locations.
Staying Active at Home
Finding ways to keep active indoors is essential at this time. Who better to help do this than the dedicated staff of the Chicago Park District, who focus on keeping Chicagoans active all year-long. Through their efforts, the following collection of activities is offered to help Chicago families stay active at home, at your leisure. We are also offering a sampling of virtual classes. View and register for them here: Virtual Classes.
Mom & Son Fitness (2:23 minutes)
Ballet Conditioning Class (20 minutes)
Chatarunga Yoga for All Body Types (2:37 minutes)
Push Up Challenge (1:11 minutes)
One Minute Yoga Session (55 seconds)
A Quick AMRAP for All Levels (2:12 minutes)
All You Need is a Chair to Exercise with Phil (2:23 minutes)
Stay Fit with Your Kids (1:51 minutes)
Best Exercises for Pregnant Women (1:18 minutes)
Storytime: "The Monster at the End of this Book" (3:36 minutes)
Storytime: "Bunny and Bee" (2:12 minutes)
Storytime: “A Chair for my Mother” (9:53 minutes)
Storytime: "Amazing Grace" (7:59 minutes)
Storytime: "And Then It's Spring" (ASL) (4:34 minutes)
Storytime: "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"(3:28 minutes)
Kids Activity Sheets
Let's celebrate all the heroes whose efforts are getting us all through this challenging time.
Click on each image to print out at home.
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Luna, the Night Out in the Parks mascot, has some fun ideas for ways to keep active at home. Have a dance party, read a book, play a musical instrument, or watch a movie. Color the sheet then do one of these fun activities, or do them all! Click on each image to print out at home.
Arts & Culture
Gratitude Journal (4:04 minutes)
Painting with Kool Aid (4:02 minutes)
Making Rain Sticks (6:48 minutes)
Making Natural Dyes for Textiles (9:37 minutes)
Learn How-to Paint Old Records (5:19 minutes)
Create Your Own Collage Painting (3:22 minutes)
Make Your Own Slime (3:17 minutes)
Baby Yoda Craft (2:24 minutes)
Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course (1:24 minutes)
Sharpen Your Skills
Juggling (3:08 minutes)
Basketball (3:06 minutes)
Soccer (4:03 minutes)
American Sign Language
Basic ASL Lesson (1:31 minutes)
ASL Lesson #2 (1:58 minutes)
ASL Lesson #3 (1:40 minutes)
ASL Lesson #4 (1:26 minutes)
ASL Lesson #5 (2:20 minutes)
ASL Lesson #6 (2:44 minutes)
Nature & Relaxation
Meditating with Sounds from Palmisano Park (45 seconds)
Reduce stress and bring serenity to your life during these trying times by practicing mindfulness meditation. Listen to the soothing sounds of Palmisano Park. For more calming sounds, take the Palmisano Park Audio Tour (see below).
Garfield Park Conservatory Digital Tours
The conservatories are closed, but you can still enjoy the sights of the Garfield Park Conservatory digitally. Check out the digital tours here.
Palmisano Park (Stearns Quarry) Audio Tour
Transformed from an old stone quarry in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, the park has a sustainable design with wetland terraces, native plants, and a fishing pond. Take the Palmisano Park self-guided audio tour.
Humboldt Park Audio Tour
Explore Humboldt Park -- look at its lovely features -- and learn about the architects, artists and landscape designers who created it -- most notably Jens Jensen. Take the Humboldt Park self-guided audio tour.