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Summertime is the absolute best setting to create awesome family memories and Blended — out May 23! — is getting us so excited for some Summer shenanigans! The movie is all about how two unlikely families bond on the accidental shared African safari trip of a lifetime. (Drew’s character and her two crazy boys are reminding us of someone?) Getting family to bond is such a tricky thing, and sometimes you can’t plan or orchestrate it, it just happens. So today we brought on Jaime to sharing her tips for bonding all over the next stop on our Tiny Tour: Chicago! Welcome, Jaime!
First Lincoln Park Zoo:
This is such an awesome Zoo! It’s beautiful and has some amazing views of the city, but the biggest bonus is… it’s FREE!! Its open year round, everyday! They always have something going with exhibits, concerts, playgrounds, running trails and fun for the whole family. Since we moved to Chicago we have visited the zoo weekly! We just pack a lunch and spend the day exploring.
When you come to Chicago, Millenium Park is a must see! The summer is jam packed with events. And there is so much to see and do! My boys love the “Face Fountain” as we call it. It’s basically a giant splash pad on Michigan Ave that projects faces on the sides of the fountain, while it spits water at you! Photos at “The Bean” is on every tourists checklist. And to end your night right you can enjoy a free movie or concert in the park, while you lay under the stars and the beautiful city skyline. Creating traditions lays the foundation comfort and belonging in your family.
Tip: Being spontaneous is always fun, but small children blossom best when they know what to expect! Fill them in beforehand as much as you can.
The Museum of Science of Industry: Out of all of the Incredible Museums here in Chicago, this one is our favorite. It’s HUGE! You could spend the whole day here and still not see everything! So be sure to plan on getting up early. This Museum is one of the most popular in the United States, and experiences close to 2 million visitors per year. So planning your trip on a weekday isn’t a bad idea. Some of our favorite things to see were the Trains and Planes, The Tornado Exhibit, and “Animal inside and Out” I love it when I leave a place feeling like my kids learned so much, and were excited while doing it! *Learning experiences are so great for families, because older siblings help the younger ones, while the younger ones bring a youthful outlook to things teenagers might completely miss.
Northerly Island Beach: Lake Michigan looks more like an ocean than a lake! Something that makes Chicago so fun in the summer is hanging at the beach. And one of the best kept secrets is Northerly Island Beach. It’s this perfect little cove, that is so great for your little ones to splash around while you catch some rays:) And it’s right downtown, so when you have had your fill of sunshine, the restaurants and shops of the Magnificent Mile are nearby.
Tip: The beach or lake is always a good place to bond! Kids can run free and aren’t contained by so many rules and crowds. Our best vacations always happen near the water!
Navy Pier: This Place is uber Famous, and such a good time. You can ride the Ferris Wheel, Eat a “Chicago Dog”, take an Architecture Boat tour, Watch an Imax, and shop till you drop!
Parking can be pricey, so walking or public transportation is the best solution. But this is a perfect place for you and your kiddos to have some major fun! Planning activities together might feel daunting or even exhausting, and maybe under appreciated. But when your kids brag about how great and exciting their Summer was all those memories are thanks to you!
Doesn’t Chicago sound so perfect for kids, so many wonderful things to do! Thank you so much to Jaime for taking us on the tour. Are you all planning on any fun adventures with your families this Summer? Blended has us inspired to do something a little out of the box. Check out the preview, or better yet lets all go see it together!