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Summer beach art

Beach fun
Beach fun
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The weather is finally summer and many children and adults are looking for ways to have fun and stay cool. A great way to have fun this summer in Chicago is visiting the many beautiful beaches in the area especially in the northern suburbs. One famous beach with north shore residents is Gillson park and beach in Wilmette. This beach is situated on 60 acres which features a beach, dog beach, park, tennis and volleyball courts and a marina for sailing.

This park is filled with various sporting activities to stay active and have fun with your family. The beach also offers sailing lessons for those new to the sport. Students must be able to pass a short swim test and various levels of sailing our taught. Lessons are geared to those from beginner to immediate levels and various age groups as well as private lessons. Even if you are not aviad sailor you can still enjoy the view. To enjoy the beach the fees are as followed $4.25 for residents and nonresidents are $9 from 9am-6pm. with reduced rates after 6pm to close residents $2 and nonresidents $4.

Street parking is available as well as paid parking for residents and nonresidents. Laying out on the beach or a sailboat can be relaxing and calming for the day. It is important to remember that the beauty of nature can inspire wonderful summer crafts. Crafts that focus on summer beaches and boating allow families to come together and see what brings them peace. The emotion of calm is present throughout these fun activities and is seen in the following lesson below.


This lesson examines how we are able to find peace and serenity with ourselves and others.


Construction paper
Glitter Glue
Shiny Blue paper


1. Lay out the materials construction paper, scissors, glue, shiny blue paper, and glitter glue on the table.
2. Start a discussion on how the sea or lake helps us relax and ask children how does being close to water make them feel. Focus on emotions of happy, calm, peace, joy etc. Ask children what their favorite memories of the beach and who is present with them during their favorite water activities.
3. Children are able to recreate a fun beach scene which brings them positive emotions. Keep as a keepsake and frame.

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