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We’ve all heard the saying, “it takes a village to raise a child.” I can remember those summer days as a kid at my grandmother’s house. Everybody would congregate there. That was the village that made me into who I am today. 

Now that spring has fully blossomed, it is the season of community. Fairs, interactive nature activities and workshops are in full swing. Children will finally have the opportunity to enjoy the weather with their families and friends while learning something new, fun and exciting. 

Being a father of a rambunctious 6 year old boy, I know kids can get a little restless. They need activities to drain some of that energy. 

1. Chicago Learning Days

Chicago Learning Days claims to be the city’s premier family learning festival, featuring fun and exciting learning events for all ages. With support from local schools, museums, companies, libraries and more, locations will be set up all over the city. Learn about music while remixing songs, go bird watching, learn about technology and build robots, or learn about Chicago’s rich history. The possibilities are endless. The festival began May 19 and ends May 22. Events are free with registration, but locations, dates, and time differ for each event. Visit The Scene for more details.

2. Chicago African Summit and Community Resource Fair

The Chicago African Summit and Community Resource Fair will focus on contemporary African diaspora issues, public policy advocacy and community empowerment. The event will bring together scholars, legislators, community activists, policy analysts and students, all engaging in constructive dialogue about the African Diaspora. This event will be held at 4859 S. Wabash Ave. from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 P.M. Registration is free.

3. Teen Mentoring Event

I’m the baby of my family, so I know first hand how important having a big brother or sister can be. This event, however, will be for girls only. Bring your teen girl to this mentoring event, brought together by My Sisters Keeper and You Go Girl Mentoring. The event will be held at the Divine Purpose Fine Arts Center, located at 9210 S. Commercial Ave., on Saturday, May 21, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Visit The Scene on The TRiiBE for more youth events!

is a culture correspondent with The TRiiBE.