Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Summer Brain Games #MSIsummerbrain #ad

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

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Every day, multiple times throughout the day, I hear “I’m bored.”  I hear it from both my boys who are 5 and 6 years old, and it is so frustrating.  I try to constantly come up with new things for them to do and play with but I admit I am not a very crafty person.  Following directions, no problem, but coming up with crafts and experiments is not within my realm.  Luckily The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is offering fun and free online science experiments through their Summer Brain Games website.  They are perfect activities for kids to continue to learn throughout the summer and prevent “summer brain drain.”  Researchers say kids can lose one to three months of learning over the summer, and there are only so many worksheets I can get my boys to do.  They are very active boys who like to be hands-on.

Each week an experiment or science challenge will be featured that can easily be performed at home with materials that most people already have.  They are perfect activities for parents to do with their kids and they are free to download!  The activities are also available in both English and Spanish.

We tried two of the experiments, the Weather Station and Pinhole Viewer.  I did most the work getting them ready since my kids are young but they had a blast using them.  So far for the Weather Station we have created a Rain Gauge.  This came at a perfect time since we had three days of storms!  I am though understanding why the gravel is required for the bottom, as when our Chicago winds blew, so did our rain gauge.  I needed to pick up a few things to complete the rest of the Weather Station but so far my boys are loving monititoring the rain, future meteorroligsts maybe?  As for the Pinhole Viewer I actually thought it is pretty cool.  My boys loved using it on the inside and the outside to see what they could see.  It is hard to explain but it basically XXXX.




Trying out the Pinhole Viewer inside:

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The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is offering a fun and free online science program called Summer Brain Games. The eight-week program lasts from June 17, 2013-August 12, 2013 and features a weekly experiment or science challenge that can easily be performed at home with kids of all ages.

Visit now to register for Summer Brain Games and download your free Summer Brain Games kit. As an added bonus, registering automatically gets you a pass to come to the Museum for free this summer.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

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  1. K. Finn says:

    I love just playing with the kids in the pool. Pulling them through the water in fun ways, boosting them for jumps, etc.

  2. Stephanie Kush says:

    The thing that I like to do the most with my boys over the summer is explore new and different places.

  3. My favorite summer activity with the kids is picking fruit. Strawberries, cherries, blueberries…and then having them help me make freezer jam. (Basically the same as regular jam but without the canning because I don’t know how.)

  4. we just went to the beach today…it is a lot of work to get everyone there with all their stuff, but they always have a great time!

  5. Going to six flags, shopping, and seeing family in Texas.

  6. sarah t says:

    we love finding new parks

  7. melissaandkeith miller says:

    play outside go for walks ride bikes

  8. Lesley F says:

    Play backyard games

  9. Brittney House says:

    We live close to Chicago so we like going to the beach and zoo

  10. Lizette says:

    I love bike riding from the house to the lake with the hubby and kids. We just bought a bike trailer attachment and its very nice to enjoy weather and family.

  11. maria venzor says:

    I love to taking my child to places he can explore at his own pace, Being that he has adgd and sensory issues we must work and explore things at his own pace. I have found that if I allow him to feel and touch on his own pace we most often have a good time whereever we are.

  12. Genevieve G says:

    I love kite flying with the boys …especially behind MSI!!!

  13. Laura Wirth says:

    We love to swim and BBQ!

  14. Shemp DeYoung (@shempgames) says:

    When they were little, we did lots of museums and zoos. As they get older, we do more music and sports.

  15. Kristy H says:

    We love to take the kids camping, they enjoy exploring the woods and beach! Or just walks around our neighborhood!

  16. We love to go to the park or swimming!

  17. Beth enk says:

    My little guys loves exploring with ice outside.

  18. Amanda J says:

    Favorite activity would have to be going to the zoo and finding fun fests/carnivals to go to! Always a busy weekend full of adventure 🙂

  19. Take a walk

  20. Movies in the park.

  21. We love to go to the beach in the summer.

  22. Sharon Tayupanta says:

    I love to take my kids to the beach for the summer.

  23. We love to head outside to the forest preserve for nature hikes.

  24. We love to camp

  25. Terri Moore says:

    we’ve had lots of rain so far so working on making inventions indoors and growing lots of different veggies in the garden.

  26. I think my first comment got eaten. Anything having to do with water is usually a hit.

  27. Anything to do with water is usually a hit in the summer.

  28. Nature walks

  29. Stephanie Larison says:

    We like going out to the zoo and checking out the museums when we visit family.

  30. Katie Morris Crider says:

    We go to the Magic House.

  31. Ruth Hill says:

    visit the waterpark

  32. Jay Gillespie says:

    I love to take my kids to the zoo during the summer

  33. Sarah C says:

    we love to have a fire in the firepit and make s’mores!

  34. katklaw777 says:

    We like to camp and fish…our family luvs the big outdoors.
    Haven’t been to the museum in ages would luv to win this one…thanks!

  35. My favorite summer activity with the kids is bike riding!

  36. June S. says:

    With this heat & humid weather right now in Illinois, it’s swimming! (No more rain for a while please)

  37. Katie Roch says:

    We love going to the botanical gardens

  38. I love picnicking or playing at the pool. Anything outside!

  39. Nichole D. says:

    Our favorite thing is to go hiking at the park or to the library

  40. Tammy D says:

    What an awesome place to go with the kids!

  41. We visit my mom who lives in South Haven. My 5yo loves the beach & swimming and the town is so quaint.

  42. Darlene Sullins says:

    Looking at stars! 😀 My girls love doing that.

  43. The best activity with my kids in the summer is go for a walk or ride our bikes around the neighborhood and explore the great things that we have around us 🙂 Like the homemade ice cream 🙂

  44. Jennifer Essad says:

    day trips, we love museums and parks and zoos

  45. Marissa M says:

    Go to the local park!

  46. Favorite activity: travel!

  47. Swimming at the pool definitely!

  48. I like taking the boys outside in general, anything to get out of the house and enjoy the weather. They love fishing and camping. I am trying to get them interested in some “science” type activities, and just bought a pepper plant for them to take care of and watch grow. Learning activities outside are great.

  49. Westin H says:

    We love to plan mini trips to nearby cities like Chicago and Indy.

  50. Michelle S says:

    Swimming – could be a pool or lake!!!

  51. Caron B says:

    Go outside and catch lighting bugs.