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Cookie Knows! 2020 New Year’s Resolutions

It’s not just a new year, it’s a new decade! This is a great time for teens to think about forming new routines and habits and trying new things. Here are five  New Year’s resolution to share with your children.

  1. I’ll watch more live theater. With the Teen Arts Pass, teens can experience live arts performances around Chicago for just $5. There’s even an app for that!
  2. I’ll tell someone if I’m experiencing persistent sadness and loss of interest in friends and activities. And I’ll encourage my friends to get help if they need it. NAMI Chicago provides support, information, and resources through their hotline: 312.563.0445. 
  3. I’ll find a new way to incorporate exercise and outdoor adventure. You can start with snowtrekking at Northerly Island!
  4. I’ll help my community by volunteering for local aid organizations. Thrillist has an excellent roundup of local volunteer opportunities. Be sure to check for any age restrictions. Most organizations allow minors to volunteer as long as an adult is present.
  5. I’ll eat more healthy fruits and vegetables. Several Chicago farmers markets operate year round including  Green City Market, Logan Square Farmers Market and the 61st Street Market.
Camps and Classes, Teen, Tween

Winter Break Camps and Activities for Tweens and Teens

Winter Break is a great time to follow an existing passion or learn a new skill! Check out these interesting winter break camps and activities for tweens and teens in Chicago.

The Second City
Work on improv skills, stand up, clowning or learn to make an improvised movie.
Great for kids and teens age 6-18.

The Chopping Block
Hands-on cooking classes where teens work on simple but sophisticated recipes that they can recreate at home.
Great for tweens and teens age 12-16.

During day off camps, kids build mobile games, create robot obstacle courses, 3D print and more at the Codeverse studios in Lincoln Park.
Great for kids and tweens age 6-13.

JASC Taiko Drumming
Not exactly during winter break but this is too cool to leave out! Learn the art of authentic Japansese Taiko drumming during this week long class.
Great for kids and adults age 8+.

REI Moonlight Winter Hike 
This is a guided winter hike through Indiana Dunes National Park.
Great for teens and adults age 14+.