10 Spring Break activities for CPS kids

Since Easter falls later this year, Chicago Public Schools will hold their Spring Break from April 15-19. Wondering what to do with the kids that week? We’ve got you covered with the best things to do from special events to day camps. 

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Star Wars Celebration

When: April 11-15

Where: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Cost: $35-$75

Spend a weekend immersed in a Star Wars experience featuring cast and crew appearances, Star Wars cosplay at its finest, exclusive merchandise, live entertainment, screenings, behind-the-scenes panels, select exhibits, and never-before-seen glimpses into the future of Star Wars. Tickets are only available for Monday. 

Lego Design & Build

When: April 15-19

Where: The Laboratory Chicago, 2349 W. North Ave., Chicago

Cost: $90, $81 members per day

Dabble in Robotic Engineering with the one-day program. Design and build a cutting-edge robot and teach it to spin, slither, walk or drive in a Brickworld of your own creation. Participants will use Lego WeDo and WeDo2.0 motor and sensor system. Recommended for ages 7-12.


Spring Break at the CAC

When: April 15-19

Where: Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago

Cost: Free with CAC admission

Enjoy a week’s worth of family fun and make-and-take projects recommended for ages 5-16. Come one day or all five. Tuesday’s theme is “All About Bridges.” Chicago is made up of iconic bridges … but how do some of them move?! Come build and test your own bridge during this interactive, drop-in program. Educators from the McCormick Bridge House Museum will be on-site to give feedback from noon-1:30pm.  

Easter Crafts

When: April 16

Where: Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration, 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago

Cost: Free with museum admission 

Enjoy Easter-themed activities at the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration on the third floor of the Swedish American Museum. Learn about Swedish Easter traditions from creating Easter branches with feathers to dressing up as witches.


1893 World’s Fair Walking Tour for Families

When: April 15-20

Where: Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S Michigan, Chicago

Cost: $18-$28

This 2-hour, mostly indoor downtown walking tour welcomes guests of all ages to learn how and why the 1893 World’s Fair captures imaginations more than any other event in Chicago’s history. This tour is a fun and educational experience great for both kids ages 6 and up and their accompanying parents.

Handbuilding Camp

When: April 15, 17, 19

Where: Kids Clay Room, 2646 N. Halsted Ave., Chicago

Cost: $55

During a three-hour handbuilding camp, children will make and paint ceramic projects.

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Kids Spring Break Dance Intensive

When: April 18

Where: Old Town School of Folk Music Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Cost: $80

Designed for experienced dancers ages 7 to 14, students will start the day with ballet and jazz technique with tips and tools to take their dance technique to the next level. For the afternoon, dancers will learn Hip-Hop and Contemporary combinations to share with each other at the end of the day.


When: Through June 2

Where: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago

Cost: Free with admission*

The hands-on experience encourages visitors to climb inside an indoor treehouse and explore firsthand who’s living in trees through special viewfinders, tracking clues, natural artifacts and sound. Complete with an indoor forest canopy, the exhibit provides opportunities for even the smallest museum visitors to see eye-to-eye treetop dwellers. *Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents.


The Great Chicago Egg Hunt at Maggie Daley

When: April 19

Where: Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago

Cost: $15

Children ages 1 through 12 are invited to stop by Maggie Daley Park for The Great Chicago Egg Hunt sponsored by Medieval Times. Children will enjoy a Knight parade, knight training, crafts, medieval-themed activities, donut decoration, story time, entertainment, games and more. 

Jack & The Beanstalk

When: Through May 10

Where: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago

Cost: $14

Join Jack and his dancing Spanish Cow Carmelita, as they try to save their village from a crazy Giant. All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. Recommended for ages 2-10.

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