12 Fun Things to Do During Spring Break with Chicago Kids

With school out for a few days, how will you spend them with your kiddos? We’ve got you covered with these Spring Break ideas for Chicagoland kids to get you started. From special museum exhibits to our favorite hiking spots, get ready to have the best Spring Break ever.

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Spend some time outdoors.

We’ve had plenty of “cabin fever” this winter, so there’s no better way to welcome spring than exploring nature. These kid-friendly hiking spots will let everyone in your family get some fresh air.

Go to a museum.

Now’s the time to revisit some of your favorite museums! Check out these new exhibits such as Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes at Museum of Science and Industry and Mandela: Struggle for Freedom at Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

Head to an indoor play place.

There’s no denying that we’re a big fan of indoor play places. It’s the best place for kids to let out their energy and let’s be honest, Chicago still sees some dreary days in the spring. Also, some indoor play places in the Chicago area are offering private rentals.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these over-the-top desserts.

Spring Break sounds like the perfect time to treat yourself. And your kiddos will love nothing more than to have a sweet (or two!). Check out one of these unique dessert spots and cross something off your foodie bucket list.

Watch a movie.

There are new family movies we are excited to see in 2021. Raya and the Last Dragon will be out in theaters or available to watch on Disney+ with premier access. You can even watch a movie featured in our Watch This, Do That series.

Plan a road trip.

Are you thinking about getting out of town for Spring Break? We’ve rounded up Spring Break destinations within driving distance of Chicago, socially-distant Midwest destinations and places you must see in Illinois.

Smell the flowers.

Nothing says spring like a fresh bloom of flowers. Stop at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Garfield Park Conservatory, Morton Arboretum or your local garden center to see the first signs of spring.

Stop at the zoo.

Go wild during Spring Break! Brookfield Zoo and Lincoln Park Zoo are both worth visiting, so make a day of it to see your favorite animals.

Do some spring cleaning.

While the kids might groan at the idea of chores during Spring Break, it’s something they need to learn. Here are some ideas to get your home more organized.

Visit some Instagram-worthy murals.

If you’re looking to explore more of the city with your littles, plan a mural tour! Find out the best kid-friendly outdoor murals. We’ve highlighted colorful and whimsical art installations in the city and suburbs.

Take a splash at an indoor water park.

It might not feel like summer yet, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some water fun! Luckily Chicagoland offers plenty of indoor water park options from families. Plan a weekend trip or spend a day at these aquatic playgrounds.

Exercise with your kids.

It’s hard to find time to work out, so why not make it a family activity instead? These free online workouts will get everyone in your house moving. And if your family loves running, try out one of these upcoming virtual runs.


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This article was originally published on March 14, 2019. It has been updated with the most recent information.

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