Monday, June 2, 2014

The Summer Brain Games are Back!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.


Last year, we participated in the Summer Brain Games hosted by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago (though you do the experiments at home!).  Both my teen and my little one loved it, and we'll be participating again this year!  What is it?  Keep reading. :)

Working on one of the experiments from the Summer Brain Games last year!
We'll be participating again this year.

CHICAGO, Ill. —This summer, families are invited to explore the science behind popular carnival games and activities with the help of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI).

MSI once again is offering families the opportunity to keep kids engaged and have some fun together with its annual Summer Brain Games program. Thousands of registrants from around the country have enjoyed the program the past two summers, participating in eight weeks of free and fun at-home science experiments designed to combat the “summer brain drain,” when kids lose months of critical learning. This year’s Summer Brain Games runs June 16 through Aug. 11, 2014.

Families receive a FREE Museum Entry voucher when they sign up online at msichicago.org/summerbrain (one ticket per household). They’ll also receive weekly emails with detailed instructions on how to build and play eight different carnival activities. Activities can be easily done (with some adult supervision) using items found around the house or inexpensively purchased. Summer Brain Games is sponsored by Jewel.

The free Summer Brain Games activity guide is available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded at msichicago.org/summerbrain. The science carnival activities and games are a great theme for a child’s party or backyard family barbecue this summer! Learn about pressure as you launch stomp rocket daredevils, become an engineer and design the fastest boat you can race, construct a carnival tent from newspapers and much more. It’s a great way for families with kids of all ages to stay active and enthused as they learn more about the world around them.

“Learning that happens out of school has a tremendous impact on children because it reinforces concepts they learn in school without it feeling like more school time,” said Bryan Wunar, the Museum’s director of community initiatives. “With Summer Brain Games, thousands of kids and their families join us to experiment, learn and have fun together. Their enthusiasm shows there’s a definite need and desire for educational activities that engage kids during the summer months.”

MSI will be bringing its Summer Brain Games science carnival into Chicago’s neighborhoods this summer. Twenty-four high school students who are interning with the Museum this summer will spend time at 18 Chicago Public Library branches engaging children in carnival activities.

Register Online Now for Summer Brain Games 
Families can register NOW at msichicago.org/summerbrain. When the program kicks off on June 16, they’ll receive a voucher good for a FREE Museum Entry ticket to MSI along with discount coupons for the Museum store and restaurant. Then each week, families will receive an email with instructions and tips on each carnival activity and additional suggestions on how play with science during the summer.

58 comments:

  1. I think that is awesome. This way the kids can use their brain power and be ready for school again in the fall!

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  2. this is truly awesome and love that it is free. Here, we have to pay for the kids to do enriched science through the district. So, lucky!! :)

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    1. This is free for everyone. You download the instruction sheets at home. :)

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  3. keeping the mind on the go is always grand

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  4. This sounds like a great program. Should be a lot of fun.

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  5. I've not heard of this before, but it sure is a great idea. Got to keep the mind working all the time.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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  6. Your little guy is getting bigger and bigger, huh?

    Thanks for the vote of interest in the scarves. I don't know how I got into having so many scarves. I think I inherited that from my Mom. She was a thrift-a-holic and had many scarves. I actually think that one of the scarves I bought last year was a scarf we donated after she passed away. Is that weird or what? Odd but true? whatever, lol.

    Have a nice weekend and keep these awesome blog posts a happening!
    ♥, Renae

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    1. It's cool not weird. :) And that pic of my little one is from last year, he's even bigger now. I told him to stop all that growing, but he's not listening. ;)

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  7. What a brilliant idea and great for kids fun while learning too ;-)

    Have a tanfabulous weekend ;-)

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  8. Sounds like a great idea. Wish that there was something like this for my boys. They need something like this!

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  9. This Sounds Like A Lot Of Fun Will Have To Check It Out With My Girls!!

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  10. Sounds like a lot of fun. I have a friend who teaches science to intellectually gifted second graders in Chicago. I wonder if he is connected to this.

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  11. This is really good.
    Kids want to be challenged or they'll get bored.
    It's good that they have something like this and I really hope families get involved!

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  12. Sounds like a marvelous program and a fantastic idea. Children do get bored during the summer months and often whine; "There's nothing to do."
    Well this would certainly give them something to occupy those great little minds of theirs. Just wish there had been a program like this when my girls were small . . . all that was available back then was Summer Camp and believe me I took advantage of it. :D

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    1. We did summer camp one year for my daughter and she LOVED it!

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  13. This is fabulous! What a great way to get kids thinkin' and help ease some "I'm boreds" of summer!

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  14. I dropped by to say hello! I have been absent from blogging for a while, and I did miss your posts. It’s good to be back.

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  15. Oh, how fun would that be! My 6yo son would really like this.

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  16. This sounded fabulous when you mentioned it last year, and it still sounds fabulous now. I wish something like this was available when our kids were growing up.

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  17. Sounds perfect to keep the mind occupied

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  18. Rosey this looks like a good time and of course fun :)

    Thank you for you sweet comment... things look like they are turning around... which is nice :)

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    1. I was really happy to hear it too, Launna. High five to you for finding the good turn in the road. :)

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  19. What an awesome sounding festival - I love the fact they are offering free museum vouchers, I think there is some amazing things to be seen at such places. x

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    1. Me too! We missed our trip to the museum last year. Maybe we can get there this year. :)

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  20. That's such a great sounding summer activity. I wish we were a little closer so we could attend!

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    1. It's free for anyone, you download the instructions at home. They do them in predetermined periods so the kids look forward to each one that's coming out. :)

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  21. Thanks fro sharing - signing the kids up. I live about 60 miles from Chicago - perfect day trip.

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  22. That looks like such a great program. We will check it out. I don't think we will make it to Chicago anytime soon, but I'm sure Elliott would still enjoy doing the experiments at home.

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  23. Yes great games! Keep the mind sharp before returning back to school!

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  24. Hi Rosey .. what a great idea and how excellent both your children loved getting into the ideas and creative thought .. wonderful summer brain games .. looking forward to seeing more .. cheers Hilary

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  25. nice...this is very cool...i think i am going to o some rockets with my young ones this summer...launching them in the field out back....

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    1. Rockets and boys go together like peanut butter and jelly. :)

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  26. So this is all done at home? That is really awesome! Not only does it make it easy for mom and dad but it also give the kids time to be productive at home.

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  27. I have never heard of the Summer Brain Games before. wWat a great idea for keeping little ones mentally sharp during their break from school!

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  28. This sounds like a fun time! I wish we had something similar over the Summer!

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  29. This is awesome my son would love it. He is all about science and how things work.

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  30. This is a fun and exciting way to teach the kids. This is an amazing idea!

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  31. This would be perfect for my youngest. It would help keep him engaged in learning when he needs it most.

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  32. This is such a great idea. I love for my children to be engaged in lessons like these. It's great to have them learning over the summer instead of just sitting around playing video games.

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  33. This looks like an incredible way to keep kids engaged and learning over the summer! It looks like a fun project!

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  34. I wish we lived in Chicago! This is a great way to keep those little minds active all summer long

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  35. I love that Jewel is doing this. Kudos to them. It is great that the kids will be able to use items found around the house for the most part.

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  36. This looks really cool. I love educational activities during the summer.

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  37. Great tips and ideas! These are some really cool activities!

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  38. this is AWESOME. my kids would love it. and its nice that its low cost or free :)

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  39. I love the Museum of Science and Industry but hadn't heard of the brain games program.

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  40. We're always looking for fun activities for summer. It's great that they make these available!

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  41. I remember you doing this last year. And I remember winning tickets to the museum. Funny, I was JUST looking through those photos today lol.

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  42. I sent a link to my daughter. I think my grandsons would love this. Thanks for sharing such a fabulous summer project!

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  43. That's awesome that this is free! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. I love this for the summer! I am always looking for ways to keep my kids and their brains active over the summer!

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  45. I need some GAMES! :) Very fun ideas for my toddler.

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  46. I love this! Look at your little man go!

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  47. Great idea! My daughter would love something like that. She is quite the little problem solver.

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  48. I would have loved to do something like that when I was young.

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  49. Looks like he is putting a whole lot of work into this. That is one way to keep him busy.

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