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, new museum exhibits and more. 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!



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.

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. Here are some ideas to add to your spring bucket list.


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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Spring officially kicks off on March 20, but there are so many other ways to celebrate. Go green on St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 or learn more about amazing women during Women’s History Month.

Not to mention, Passover and Holi also are happening in March. We’ve got plenty of ideas for families celebrating these spring holidays with crafts, recipes, events and other activities.

9 Ways to Celebrate Holi with Kids

Learn about the Hindu spring festival.

Our Favorite Passover Activities for Kids

From snacks to books and fun games.

11 Women’s History Month Events for Chicago Families

From exhibits and activities to books!


April is packed with six different holidays! There are so many ways to celebrate these spring holidays with kids. Kick off the month with some harmless pranks on April Fools’ Day.

Easter and Ramadan also happen during this month. (Heads up, Orthodox Easter is on May 2 in 2021!). And don’t forget to celebrate the planet on Earth Day (April 22)! Enjoy these April holidays with the following roundups.

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April showers bring May flowers, and what a special month this is. As we start off the month with Cinco de Mayo, check out a family guide with crafts and foods to learn more about the culture of Mexico.

Of course, it’s all about moms during the month of May! We have recipe, gifts and crafts roundups to celebrate Mother’s Day. From there, we also have a family guide to celebrate Memorial Day, which is also considered the unofficial start of summer. Ramadan also ends on May 12, kicking off Eid al-Fitr.

Memorial Day 2021 Guide for Chicago Families

Here's how families can spend the day.

Mother’s Day Guide for Chicago Families

Make Mom's day extra special!