Co-parenting activities to do with your kids in Chicago
Posted: Jul 23rd, 2020
Divorce is never fun. It involves the separation of lives. There is property to share, lifestyle changes, and where there are children involved, co-parenting arrangements to adhere to.
After a divorce, it is difficult for some couples to come to an agreement about anything. When it comes to sharing time with the kids, emotions can run high. But for the good of the children, an agreement has to be reached.
An excellent way to bring harmony to the co-parenting relationship is to plan activities for your kids. For such activities to work, the parents need to work on a few things. These are;
It's essential for both parents involved and any other in a relationship with the concerned parties to maintain clear communication lines. For example, if you decide to bring the kids back at a specific time, that should be the case. Visitation rights should be as outlined by the courts and agreed by the concerned parties too.
Putting the kids first
It doesn't matter how you and your partner feel about each other, the kids' interest should always come first. If you keep this in mind, you will be able to come together and create a schedule full of beneficial activities for the children with both of you involved.
As much as you would like to enjoy activities with your children together, your schedules may not permit it. In such situations, you need to cooperate and collaborate to ensure the kids enjoy their activities uninterrupted. If you respect each other's time and resources, that should not be hard.
Once you agree on these key points, sitting down to plan activities for your kids and ensuring they get done smoothly should not be a problem.
Family-friendly activities in Chicago
Maybe you are wondering - "what activities will suit our co-parenting relationship?" Here are a few examples of co-parenting activities to do with your kids in Chicago.
1. Visit the museum
They are a few fascinating museums you can visit in Chicago with the kids. Museums are great places to visit with children because there is always something to learn.
You can also take your children to Kohl children's museum and Chicago children's museum. If they love dinosaurs, take them to the Field Museum to see the world's largest tyrannosaurus rex!
2. Have fun at the Fair
Children enjoy scary rides, even if most parents don't. Fairs and any other place kids can enjoy rides are a great place to visit. The 200 foot high Centennial wheel at Navy Pier is an excellent example. It has secure gondolas and is a place you can visit at any time with your children.
Navy pier also has a carousel that your children will love taking rides on and a funhouse maze they can find their way through. If you are feeling especially adventurous, join the kids for a ride on the Pepsi Wave Swinger to get your adrenaline going.
3. See some interesting performances
Children are never too young to enjoy performances such as plays and concerts. If you start taking them when they are young, they will grow up to appreciate the arts. Performances are also great co-parenting activities because you, the parents, can enjoy them too.
Try the Chicago Shakespeare theater for some family-friendly performances. You can also visit the Chicago Children's theater, where they showcase performances with life-size puppets, among other exciting things. If African dance is of interest to you or your children, check out the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago.
4. Explore nature
When kids want to go outside, we take them to the neighborhood park. However, that can get a bit boring. To kill the boredom, spice your time outdoors by taking them to a large nature spot such as the Garfield Park Conservatory, where they can visit various greenhouses and see different plant species.
If they like zoos, Lincoln Park offers free admittance, and the kids can see African penguins, Jamaican Iguanas, Aardvarks, and Golden-headed Tamarins. Lincoln Park also has a fantastic conservatory full of plants and flowers.
You can also enjoy a beautiful view of Chicago from the park's lagoon bridge.
5. Visit public playgrounds
Playing at home is okay, but going to a large outdoor playground with lots of interesting play areas to explore is even better. If you are looking for a public playground to take your children, an amazing, huge playground can be found at Millenium Park, where they also have rock climbing areas and ice skating rinks.
Summer is an especially great time to visit Millenium Park as they showcase movies in their outdoor pavilion and sometimes have live music. If you get bored with Millenium Park, you can also visit Burnham Park, where the kids can frolic on the beach.
6. Enjoy a picnic
Combining food with the outdoors always makes kids happy. A day at the Maggie Daley Park is a great co-parenting activity. Bring along your kids' favorite snacks and beverages and explore the 3- acre play garden in the park. They can also practice their climbing skills at the outdoor climbing park or walk through the park's enchanted forest.
Lurie Garden at Millenium Park is another beautiful picnic spot with lots of amazing flowers to enjoy, especially in Summer.
7. See some art
Kids are never too young to enjoy art. If they don't get excited about the technique such as painting or drawing, they will likely get excited about the colors.
You can also take your children to places where they can create their own art such as the Kids Clay room on Halsted Street, and RAM art studio on Broadway Street.
8. Visit the Aquarium
Fish of any kind are fun to look at, and nothing beats seeing them in a giant aquarium such as the Shedd Aquarium on Lake Michigan. If you live close by, take the kids there to see some whales, polar bears, dolphins, and sea otters, among other water creatures. Parents will enjoy looking at the exhibits in the aquarium too.
How is co-parenting working for you?
These are a few co-parenting activities your kids will enjoy. How are you handling custody sharing, especially when it comes to taking your children fun spots or deciding on the activities they can participate in? Please share your strategies with us in the comments. Also, try to visit some of the places we suggested and tell us how it goes.