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Summer Programs for Children in Chicago Heights, IL

by Amy Sutton, studioD

Chicago Heights is located about 30 miles south of Chicago, Illinois, and is home to around 30,000 residents. Parents in the Chicago Heights area will find an assortment of summer programs for their kids, ranging from day camps to nature activities at the area's nature preserves. Enrolling kids in summer programs gives them an opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and as a bonus, it keeps them happy and engaged.

Library Programs

You'll find some entertaining summer programs at the area libraries. At the Chicago Heights Public Library, young children take part in Preschool Pals and Story Time, while older kids can join a book club. The Flossmoor Public Library, eight minutes away in Flossmoor, offers an array of programs during the summer as well -- Creating Terrariums allows kids to make their own terrarium to take home with them; and Dive Into Diggers is a program that allows kids to see real construction equipment brought in by the Flossmoor Public Works Department.

Day Camps

At the Cornerstone Christian School, in Chicago Heights, your kids can participate in a fun and exciting day camp. Kids in kindergarten through sixth grade can go on field trips, do arts and crafts, play sports and enjoy swimming. Alternatively, your kids can participate in the NeighborScapes Fun in the Sun Camp through the Chicago Heights Parks and Recreation Department. The camp is open to kids 5 to 13 years old and includes games, swimming, educational activities, sports and a variety of other crafts. The Tinley Park District, 23 minutes away, also offers a day camp that includes games, activities and field trips to the swimming pool.

Sports Programs

Get your kids involved in some of the summer sports programs in the area. The City of Harvey Parks District, 15 minutes from Chicago Heights, offers an assortment of youth sports, including boxing, baseball, football and wrestling. Your kids can participate in basketball, cheerleading, baseball and football through the Glenwood Parks and Recreation Department, just seven minutes away. If you make the 23-minute drive to Tinley Park, your kids can enjoy summer sports programs through the Tinley Park District, such as dancing, gymnastics and Sports of All Sorts, a program in which children learn about a variety of sports and learn about good sportsmanship.

Nature Programs

Your kids can participate in one of the summer nature programs at the Thorn Creek Nature Center and Preserve, nine minutes away, near Park Forest. Programs include the Historic Farm Walk, in which your family can spend the day at Hornicek Farm, located on the preserve, taking hikes and meeting farm animals. The Summer Safari: Adventures on Thorn Creek is for kids 5 to 7 years old and includes hikes, exploring and hands-on nature activities. Or, your children might enjoy nature programs at Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center, four minutes away, in Olympia Fields. Programs include nature walks through the forest and Museum Discovery Days, with a variety of activities including stories, art projects and specific themes like Fairy Tales, A Bug's Life and Bubble-ology.

About the Author

Amy Sutton began writing professionally in 2010. The majority of her work has been published on fitness, health-related and parenting websites. Sutton is well-versed and passionate about parenting, fitness and health issues.

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