Kraft Great Kids Program Launches New Summer Festivals In Chicago And Suburbs

Great kids in the Chicago area deserve a great summer festival, so the Kraft Great Kids Program is throwing four, and admission is free to all.  Families are invited to Kraft Great Kids Hoopla ( at some of the region’s best places to have fun, play and learn about the benefits of nutrition, healthy eating and active lifestyles. The new festival series is funded by the Kraft Foods Foundation and is an addition to the year-round Kraft Great Kids Program offered through partners in the city and suburbs.

The Kraft Great Kids Hoopla series kicks off with a concert by the Dirty Sock Funtime Band at Ravinia Festival, June 19.  This will be followed by monthly events at 63rd Street Beach, Kohl Children’s Museum and Chicago Children’s Museum. At each festival location, Kraft Great Kids program partners will treat kids to a variety of activities and learning labs. Activities include listening and dancing to a live concert, watching a popular movie, visiting an instrument petting zoo, learning yoga and line-dancing, building your own playground, freeing imaginations with storytellers, or playing with hula hoops and other games.  

Kraft Great Kids Hoopla Calendar

  • Sunday, June 19, 2011, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ravinia Festival, Highland Park. Concert by the Dirty Sock Funtime Band, 1 p.m. Free lawn tickets (limit 6 per order) can be reserved online at  
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 5 p.m., 63rd Street Beach, Chicago. Movies in the Parks — The Chicago Park District and Parkways Foundation invite you to see Babe, shown at dusk.
  • Saturday, August 27, 2011, 9 a.m. – Noon, (free admission all day) Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview . Health is Child’s Play — 17 hands-on exhibits, including two acres of outdoor fun and an “Imagination Playground” will show kids that fitness is fun.
  • Thursday, September 22, 2011, 5 – 8 p.m., Kraft Free Family Night, Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier, Chicago.  Great Kids Move with more than 15 interactive exhibits where kids can play and learn.

These Kraft Great Kids Hoopla Partners will also provide festival activities:

  • After School Matters
  • Chicago Public Library

Kraft Great Kids activities promote the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!™ healthy lifestyle message developed by the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC).

We’re also giving away prizes at Hoopla for kids who participate in every activity at the festival. Each child will get a Great Kids Passport when they arrive at Hoopla. They’ll claim their prize when they participate in every activity and have their Passport stamped by each program partner.

Kraft Great Kids Hoopla is the newest offering by Kraft Foods Foundation’s Great Kids Program (see Fact Sheet below) in which partners offer after-school and other programs that include nutrition education and encourage kids to stay active and have a healthy lifestyle

For more information about the 2011 Kraft Great Kids Hoopla, visit

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