We’re always looking for new ways to help parents raise awesome STEM-loving, Maker-friendly kids, so in addition to our awesome event calendar, we’re going to offer a preview of the month to come. We’ll go full STEAM ahead, of course, including a few events that are uniquely Chicago, add a dash of culture, or tap into the nerdy fun that our readers and their families enjoy.
What to Do for STEM Fun in Chicago: May 2019
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Is summer camp in your child’s future? Don’t miss our roundup of STEM camps around the Chicago area. Free Comic Book Day is the first weekend in May. The name says it all.
Chicago Northside Mini-Maker Faire Don’t miss this Chicago celebration of maker culture. The Maker Mom and STEM Kids Chicago will host a booth with engaging activities and will have a special treat for our newsletter community. (Join our list!)
Chicago Kids and Kites Join in for the Chicago tradition more than 20 years running. Free kites while supplies last.
Scratch Day Celebrate one of the easiest ways to teach kids to code as part of a supervised online international community. See our event calendar for local Scratch Day events.
Arduino Day look for a celebration of this mighty open-source micro-controller by following the hashtag #ArduinoD19
Bridge Museum opening In addition to enjoying the small museum, you can also reserve a spot to watch a bridge opening from inside the museum on scheduled dates between “bridge season,” April through November. Learn more about bridge openings here.
Chicago River Day AKA The Chicago River Cleanup Day. Of course, you can choose any day to #losethelitter near the river, but in Mid-May, Friends of the Chicago River coordinates a morning of clean-ups along the Chicago River and its many branches. Most sites are suitable for kids ages 8 and up. Bring your own work gloves, if possible. If not, you can receive a pair of gloves that will keep your hands clean, but won’t be as sturdy. The clean up takes place from 9-Noonish regardless of the weather.
World Migratory Bird Day Apparently the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary is the place to be. You can also join fellow birders in the Cook County Forest Preserves, as well as other area forest preserves. You can also #birdthepreserves throughout the month. Learn more about World Bird Day. Here’s our favorite book for aspiring young birders (fun for grown-ups, too).
Chicago Science Fest You don’t have to be a scientist to enjoy this week-long celebration of science, but be aware that the events tend to be geared toward adults.
Now that the days are getting longer and the weather has started to (finally, at least more often than not) warming, it’s time to start the paddling season.