The Chicago Park District in conjunction with Museums In the Park runs “Park Voyagers” a program for kids 7-10 years old that introduces them to Chicago museums. The free program is conducted at the River Park field house, 5100 N. Francisco Ave., and in a field trip. From the Park District’s press release:
During phase one, for which residents can now register is best suited for children aged 7-10. In order to have the best exposure to the museums, we recommend that the children attend all 15 after-school workshops, at River Park, which are led by 5 different museums. The children meet at the park three times per week during a one-hour timeslot—Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3:30 or 4:30 session beginning September 26.
We require that at least one adult from the family attend the family workshops and the family field trip, in order to receive the family passes. Families are invited to attend Saturday field trip to particular museums during the first phase, to reinforce the content studied at the park. Transportation is free and leaves from and returns to River Park.
Previous hands-on projects have included making cornhusk dolls, puzzles and music sticks made from historical artifacts at the Field Museum, as well as Aztec fans and Mexican toys from the traditions found at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum. The Shedd Aquarium’s activities focus on Chicagoland wetlands.
Families can register for the Park Voyagers program at River Park, 312.742.7516. For general questions about the program, families can contact Jean Feit, 312.447.0462.
Museums In the Park is a consortium of ten museums located on Chicago Park District property: Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Historical Society, DuSable Museum of African American History, The Field Museum, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and John G. Shedd Aquarium.