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 msichicago.org/summerbrain.
Pick-up locations include these Chicago Public Library branches:
- Altgeld, 955 131st St.
- Austin, 5615 Race Ave.
- Back of the Yards, 2111 47th St.
- Brighton Park, 4314 Archer Ave.
- Budlong Woods, 5630 Lincoln Ave.
- Chinatown, 2100 Wentworth Ave.
- Coleman, 731 63rd St.
- Dunning, 7455 Cornelia Ave.
- Independence, 4022 Elston Ave.
- Legler Regional, 115 Pulaski Road
- Little Italy, 1336 Taylor St.
- Logan Square, 3030 Fullerton Ave.
- Merlo, 644 Belmont Ave.
- North Austin, 5724 North Ave.
- Portage-Cragin, 5108 Belmont Ave.
- Pullman, 11001 Indiana Ave.
- Scottsdale, 4101 79th St.
- Sherman Park, 5440 Racine Ave.
- South Shore, 2505 73rd St.
- Sulzer Regional, 4455 Lincoln Ave.
- Thurgood Marshall, 7506 Racine Ave.
- Toman, 2708 Pulaski Rd.
- West Chicago, 4856 Chicago Ave.
- West Englewood, 1745 63rd St.
- Woodson Regional, 9525 Halsted St.
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.