Chicago spring break staycation ideas for families

Homebound this spring break? Forget cabin fever. Catch a little SPRING fever instead. Fling into spring by trying something new.


1 Dive into spring

Go on an underwater adventure at Chicago Scuba School. Newcomers get the chance to learn about scuba diving in a 90-minute discovery class. Ages 8 and up.

2 Spring in the air

Sign up for a trapeze lesson at the Trapeze School New York located at the Broadway Armory Park in Chicago's Edgewood neighborhood. Ages 6 and up.

3 Sing, spring

Get a backstage pass and your big moment up on the famous Chicago Theater stage. The historic Chicago Theatre offers a weekly Marquee Tour. Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


4 Forget the spring pan!

The icing on the cake is not having to bake! Leave the baking to the folks at Give Me Some Sugar and learn how to decorate like a pro without all the mess. The Roscoe Village cake decorating studio is offering a Barbie doll cake decorating class March 10 and 24. Tell them Donna Bozzo sent you and get $10 off.

5 Spring showers

Check out the only natural waterfall in Chicago at the North Park Village Nature Center, a 46-acre nature preserve at 5801 N. Pulaski Road. You will find the 4-foot-high waterfall where the North Branch of the Chicago River tumbles into the North Shore Channel. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


6 Spring into ((Lights, Camera)) Action

A personal favorite: You can star in your very own newscast at the hands-on SciTech Museum in Aurora. The camera is ready to roll!

7 Spring to (still) life

Pull up an easel and take a still life class at the Chicago Art & Design Center where kids are treated like professional young artists.

8 Swing into spring

Parents, after a long day with the kiddos at home, grab your partner or a friend and swing on over to Big City Swing for a drop-in swing class. No experience or partner needed!


9 Buzz into spring

Learn bee biology and how to start your own beehive at a Chicago Honey Co-op's beekeeping class at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Call (773) 848-2246 for more information.

10 Spring chicken

Use your time off as an opportunity for community service. Volunteer to serve dinner to Chicago's hungry. After an hour-long training session, volunteers can sign up to plate and serve dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m. any night of the year at Northside P.O.W.E.R.'s (People Organized to Work, Educate and Restore) A Just Harvest kitchen. Ages 12 and up. Call (773) 262-2297.


Also on 6 nights in Chicago to save your sanity

Hibernating at home during a Chicago winter with little kids can get old really quickly. So we decided to spend six days and nights hibernating in Chicago-area hotels instead.

The rules were simple: Test each hotel to see if it's possible to entertain two small kids and keep your sanity without stepping outside. Not only did we keep our sanity, but we had a blast doing it.


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