The Lady with the Alligator Purse
Get Away But, Not Far Away — With A Chicago Stay-cation
There is still time to slip in a night away from home — and you don’t have to go far at all — I say train it or El it to the city for a one-night city Stay-cation. I like the Radisson Blue Aqua — because it’s steps away from all the things you want to see— Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue. And, there’s plenty to do there with the family — they have a pool, even a basketball court. Or if your family is into roughing it, okay kind of — consider Family Camping At Northerly Island. On July 26th, the city of Chicago invites families to camp out on Northerly Island. Now this is definitely a night for the novice camper — so don’t worry, they provide the fishing, fire building, guided nature hikes, hot dogs and marshmallows — all for $50.00.
Take In A Little Learning
We all know about Chicago’s world class museums — but you may not know there are many tours to hit in our great city. We especially enjoyed a tour of Wrigley Field — and my girls aren’t even baseball fans. Just taking in the park’s architecture, history, hearing little known stories and learning more about a city gem was exciting. The folks at Wrigley offer almost daily tours on non-game days. Tickets are $25. Or if you haven’t braved the Ledge at the Willis Tower (still the Sears Tower to me) — it’s a FUN and very different way to see the city.
Go A Little Old School
For folks who live out closer to Northwest Indiana — you will find something your kids probably have only read about in books if they’ve read the Outsiders for school— a good old fashion drive in theater. What’s that? They will say. But, we all know all too well! Great nostalgia. The 49er’s Drive In Theater is open 7 nights a week in Valparaiso. And, get this — it’s named one of America’s Top Ten Drive In Theaters. Now old fashion does not mean old movies, Transformers 4 and Dawn of the Planet of The Apes are now playing. So fill up the grocery bags with homemade popcorn, pack the pillows and lawn chairs, don’t forget the bug spray— and check it out before the summer ends. Adults get to see two movies for only $8 — kids $4, under two free so quite the deal.
Add Simple Fun To A Summer Evening
Remember family fun doesn’t have to be hard. Sometimes it’s the simple things we do together that create the best memories. So I say pack a family picnic and head to the park or the lake and really enjoy the evening together. Draw the constellations — find a starry spot, lay down a blanket — black construction paper and white crayon will do the trick and let the kids draw the stars they see. Or take little ones on a flashlight walk through the neighborhood, cute pajamas required. Older kids would love a night hike or a night family bike ride. Or go berry picking and spend a Saturday learning how to make homemade jam. Even paint colored dots on the front lawn, turn your lawn into a homemade twister game — and invite the neighbors over!