Keeping Cool in August!

August is typically the hottest month of the year…we’ll see if it rivals the heat we’ve experienced so far this summer.  When it’s hot, try heading over to one of the Chicago Park District’s parks/playgrounds that have water spray features… the perfect combination of enjoying the weather, playing at the park, and getting wet to cool off.   Bonus- you don’t even need to bring a towel if it’s very warm!  Besides being a fun and memorable experience, visiting a water park incorporates many aspects of language, from “packing the bag” as detailed in a previous blog to vocabulary (temperature of the water, color/size/shape of the sprayers, feel of the ground, drain) to relating the experience afterwards to another person.   Below is a list of parks with water spray features that are closest to Skokie.  Enjoy!

Mayfair Park
4550 W. Sunnyside Ave. (just east of 94 and north of Montrose)

Chippewa Park
6748 N. Sacramento Ave. (between Kedzie and California, just south of Pratt)

Independence Park
3945 N. Springfield Ave. (Irving Park just east of 94)

Brooks Park
7100 N. Harlem Ave. (Harlem and Touhy Ave.)

Pottawattomie Park
7340 N. Rogers Ave. (north of Touhy between Ridge and Clark)

Jensen Park
4650 N. Lawndale Ave. (south of Lawrence between Pulaski and Kimball)

Eugene Field Park
5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. (Foster and Pulaski, close to 94)

Athletic Field
3546 W. Addison St. (just east of 94)

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