Summer Checklist – Update #9

We love going to the zoo. One of the best investments that we made after we moved to the suburbs was getting a membership at Brookfield Zoo. Benefits of a membership? We only had to go a couple times before the cost of the membership had already essentially paid for itself. Another benefit? You don’t have to spend the entire day at the zoo when you go. The girls and I can go for an hour or two and it’s ok. If we don’t see everything, the girls know  that we’ll be back another time – maybe even in a couple of days.

One of the fun parts about going to the zoo during the summer is the fact that they have extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays. You can go, see some animals, listen to some live music, and not be a sweaty mess.


The summer checklist thus far:

  • Go to the library.
  • Go to the pool.
  • Make banana pudding.
  • Ride the train at the mall.
  • Go to the playground.
  • Make cookies.
  • Go downtown.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to American Girl Place.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Eat at Flat Top Grill.
  • Read books.
  • Eat at Noodles & Company.
  • Get ice cream.
  • Go to the splash pads downtown.
  • Go to the water park.
  • Go to a festival.
  • Go to the movie theater.
  • Play on the McDonalds playground after lunch.
  • Go to family fun festival downtown.
  • Go to the Art Museum and go to the kids area after looking at paintings.
  • Go to the dinosaur museum (Field Museum).
  • Go to the space museum (Adler Planetarium).
  • Have a pajama day. (Although big girl has now requested that we have 100 pajama days.)

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