In celebration of the “Screen Free Week” lets mention some free activities coming up in the Chicagoland area. It is all about turning away from technology and getting out to have fun. Whether effected by the economy or not, free activities are a great way to get involved. Much research is underway concerning technology addiction and links to obesity, attention problems, poor school performance, and sleep disturbances. This week without technology is suggested by professionals for improving wellness through activity planning and staying in touch with the community.
The free days in June at the Shedd Aquarium for Illinois residents are the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd, for more information visit www.sheddaquarium.org/. There are free concerts in Millennium Park presented by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs on Music Mondays starting 5/25/12 – 7/30/12 beginning at 6:30pm at 201 E. Randolph st, Chicago, IL. Consider visiting Kline Creek Farm with the kids at 1N600 County Farm road, West Chicago, IL, 9am-5pm, for more information visit www.dupageforest.com. The Roosevelt Park in the South Loop at 62 W. Roosevelt road, Chicago, IL helps everyone stay fit by allowing people to use their tennis courts for free. For women activities, try free dance classes 10am – 11am at the Flirty Girl Fitness, for more information visit www.chicago.flirtygirlfitness.com.
For wanting to find out more on Grant Parks free festivals located at 331 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com. Everyone can enjoy free days at the Museum of Science and Industry in June the days are the 4th, 5th, 6th,7th, 8th & 11th for more information visit www.msichicago.org. Register by calling 630-933-7248 for free archery classes provided at the St James Farm (for all ages) May 12th & 20th and June 16th & 24th, also (for adults only) May 16th & 29th & June 6th. Take a day to visit the Dusable Museum on Sundays it is free, visit www.dusablemuseum.org for more information. Take the children to the Navy Pier Childrens Museum every Thursday (it is free day) from 5pm – 8pm, for more information visit www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org.
Hoping this list of free favorites will help everyone plan an active lifstyle for the summer-time in the Chicagoland area. Lets make it a point to put away the gadgets for awhile, and get out with our family and friends, to join in on the fun this year.