Fun and Enriching Spring Outings for Kids around Chicago

Now that the weather has warmed up, you and your children may be eager to get outside and enjoy what the city has to offer. During these outings, you can encourage carry-over of your child’s specific speech and language goals (e.g., expanding vocabulary, formulating sentences, describing interesting objects, retelling events, answering questions, practicing words with certain speech sounds) while having fun with the family!

  • For an outing just beyond your front door, take a nature walk with your child and discuss what you see. Take notice of plants growing, bugs crawling, birds chirping, and animal tracks.
  • It’s always fun and free to visit Lincoln Park Zoo. Go on Wednesdays and Fridays for free sing-alongs with Mr. Singer.
  • Take advantage of free museum days for Illinois residents. Check out Sue the T. Rex at the Field Museum, the mirror maze at MSI or the underwater critters at Shedd for free!
  • Visit Old Town School of Folk Music on Saturdays to take part in group singing and instrument-playing. You don’t need to be enrolled in a class to join the fun!
  • Kids can learn about animals and pretend to be a variety of forest creatures at Animal Secrets at Kohl Children’s Museum.
  •  Troll Hunt opens May 1st at Morton Arboretum. Families can watch the giant wood trolls being built for two weeks on the arboretum grounds before they’re finished on June 22.

    On May 12, a 7,500-square-foot Model Railroad Garden opens at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

These are just some of the ideas, compiled from

Science Experiments


Have you ever wanted to make your own ice cream?  Build your own terrarium?  Summer is a time to try new things.  The Museum of Science and Industry is offering an eight week program called Summer Brain Games.  By registering online, you will get weekly experiments exploring different summer themes related to science (i.e. light, gardens, rockets, etc.).  Below is the link to learn more about Summer Brain Games.

Museum Free Days!!

The holiday crowds have dispersed and so once again, several Chicago museums are offering free admission days.  Typically you will need to show proof of IL residency with your driver’s license or other ID.  Check out the list below to visit a new or favorite museum!

Adler Planetarium

February 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28

March 5, 6

The Art Institute (kids 13 and under are always free)

Every weekday from January 7th through February 13th.

The Brookfield Zoo

Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays through February 28th.  Admission to the Hamill Family Play Zoo is free through February 28th.

Chicago History Museum (always free for kids 12 and younger)

February 4-28

March 4

The Field Museum

February 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28

March 6, 7

John G. Shedd Aquarium

February: Mondays and Tuesdays and Sunday, Feb. 17th

March: Mondays and Tuesdays

Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)

Free every Tuesday all year. Family Days (free for families with children 12 and under) are every second Saturday of the month from 11am-3pm between October and May.

Museum of Science and Industry

Wednesdays February 6, 13, 20, 27

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (across from Lincoln Park Zoo)

Free every Thursday.


Strategies for the Young Child: Challenging Behaviors and Communication Skills

This transdisciplinary workshop addresses two therapeutic techniques often utilized with
the young child: PROMPT, a multisensory approach to speech challenges and ABA,
applied behavioral analysis, understanding and managing challenging behaviors.

Jackie Santiccioli, a renowned PROMPT specialist, will provide information on the
PROMPT technique, a multisensory approach to treating the child with challenges in the
development of speech using functional interactions. Clinicians working with the prelinguistic and early linguistic child will have a greater understanding of the sensory and
motor systems and the impact that the PROMPT technique provides.

Sarah Hively, a Behavior Analyst, will provide information on how to identify,
understand and treat challenging behaviors. The training will break down challenging
behaviors into four different functions of behavior. Upon completion of this short course,
clinicians will be able to identify why a child demonstrates a specific challenging
behavior and the course of action needed to decrease or eliminate it.

Where: Wee Speech, P.C.
8833 Gross Point Road Ste. 307
Lower Level Conference Room
Skokie, IL 60077

When: Friday 11/30/2012 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Check in 8:30 AM)
Credit Hours:   1.0 – Assessment
1.0 – Atypical Development
2..0 – Intervention
Cost: $85.00
Contact: (847) 329-8226