Things to Do in the Spring with Kids in Chicagoland

When we can finally say goodbye to Chicago winter, we welcome spring with open arms. There’s so much to look forward to during the season, including spring holidays, nature hikes, and museum visits. And more importantly, families are ready to escape hibernation and explore Chicagoland.

That’s why we’ve put together a simple guide to help you plan out your spring activities for 2021. Enjoy three months of fun covering March, April and May. We’ve featured family guides for Easter, Mother’s Day, Earth Day and other spring holidays. Don’t worry, we also included plenty of indoor options, because you never know what we’ll get for a Chicago spring!

Take a look below to find our latest content of things to do with your family in Chicagoland this spring. Also, be sure to bookmark or come back to this guide regularly because we’ll be adding more exciting spring activity ideas in the next few months. Enjoy!

FAMILY ACTIVITIES   |   RAINY DAY FUN   |   SPRING HOLIDAYS   |   SPRING BREAK

SPRING FAMILY ACTIVITIES

The new season makes us excited about what kind of adventures we can take with our family around town and in the suburbs. Depending on the weather, we might have a few nice days to go on a bike ride or visit one of our favorite nature centers. Here are some ideas to add to your spring bucket list.

Local Farms Near Chicago to Explore with Kids

E-I-E-I-O! These local farms promise family fun for everyone.

Family Races and Walks in Chicagoland

Ready, set, go! Most of these races help raise money for charities, too.

Awesome Chicagoland Playgrounds to Explore with Kids

Get ready for your next playground adventure!

Unique Desserts Your Chicago Kids Will Love

Satisfy your sweet tooth.

Nature Centers for Chicago Kids to Enjoy a Breath of Fresh Air

Nature centers are a family’s best friend.

Easy Plants to Grow with Kids

Your growing little green thumbs will love to help out.

Metra Train Trips to Take with Your Family

Visit a new town that's right off a Metra line!

RAINY DAY FUN

Even if we face a few rainy days (or snow!) this spring, we made sure to include some indoor activities to keep kids busy like visiting a museum or indoor play place. You don’t need perfect weather to have a great day!

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SPRING HOLIDAYS

Spring officially kicks off on March 20, but there are so many other ways to celebrate. Go green on St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy a bunch of egg hunts for Easter, celebrate the planet on Earth Day and more. We’ve got plenty of ideas for families celebrating these spring holidays with crafts, recipes, events and other activities.

Earth Day Events for Chicago Families

Are you ready to go a little green?

Mother’s Day Guide for Chicago Families

Make Mom's day extra special!

Our Favorite Passover Activities for Kids

From snacks to books and fun games, kids will learn so much about Passover.

Ramadan 2022 Guide for Chicagoland Families

Find events, books, activities and more.

Children’s Books You Can Read This Ramadan

Embrace Quran and Ramadan traditions with these books.

Holi 2022 Guide for Chicago Families

Celebrate the Hindu spring festival with these kid-friendly activities.

Easter Guide for Chicago Families

Filled with hopping fun activities!

Women’s History Month Events for Chicago Families

Learn something new with your kids this March.

April Fools’ Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids

Get ready to fool your kids with these harmless pranks.

SPRING BREAK

The kids are off school for the week, now what? If you have time to spend Spring Break with them, we know how to make it fun for the entire family. You can plan a staycation, hang out at home or even get out of town for a few days.

Take a look at our Spring Break guide to get some more ideas on how to spend the week. Below, you’ll find more things to like travel ideas and attractions that you can use all year round.

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