Second City comedy camp helps parents during strike

It's day 4 of the Chicago Teachers Union strike and parents now have a fun option for their kids.

The Second City Training Center, part of the world's premier comedy club/theatre and school of improvisation, is offering free comedy camps to keep kids minds and bodies moving while they're not in the actual classroom.

Students spend the morning learning improv games and exercises and the afternoons studying sketch comedy. While they are in the building, they’ll get the opportunity to see a family friendly Second City show.

Right now, Second City camps are only scheduled through Friday.  They're taking a "wait and see approach for next week, depending on how negotiaions go"

Camps are open to kids ages 8-14
from 10:00am-3:30pm.

Registration is free but space is limited and on a first come first serve basis. Lunch is not included but a supervised break will be provided between 12:30-1:00pm.

Students should bring a sack lunch with them, as they will not be allowed to leave the building during the break.

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In the meantime, all 147 CPS Children First locations are extending their hours.

They will now be open from 8:30 am until 2:30pm