MSI Encourages Curiosity this Summer

Families can pick up a free science kit at select Chicago locations as part of the Summer Brain Games program from the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI). MSI launched its 10th annual Summer Brain Games on July 12 to celebrate National Summer Learning Week. Kids are invited to explore science and creativity with hands-on activities like making bubble art and designing an animated flip book. Summer Brain Games helps combat the “summer brain drain,” where kids lose approximately three months of learning while they are out of school.

MSI is distributing 3,600 free science kits with activities that explore art and health. Each kit includes all the supplies needed along with step-by-step instructions (in English and Spanish), plus a voucher code for four free Museum tickets. These free science kits are available at select Chicago Public Library branches while supplies last.

Families who are unable to get a free science kit can still receive four free tickets to visit MSI by signing up at

Pick-up locations include these Chicago Public Library branches:

Each year MSI’s team of science educators design fun, hands-on experiments for kids of all ages using items commonly found at home. Parents and caregivers who sign up online will receive emails with activity instructions and other science tips.

“Summer Brain Games is a great opportunity to further the Museum’s goal of reaching students with science wherever they are, and the take-home science kits are available right in their neighborhoods,” said Rex Babiera, ITW director of teaching and learning. “We want to keep kids’ minds active and encourage their curiosity so they return to school ready to learn.”

Summer Brain Games is sponsored by the CREATE Program / 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project.


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