Homebound this spring break? Forget cabin fever. Catch a little SPRING fever instead. Fling into spring by trying something new.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Pull up an easel and take a still life class at the Chicago Art & Design Center where kids are treated like professional young artists.
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!
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.
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.
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.