7 days of spring break fun in the Southwest suburbs

Can you believe spring break has arrived? If you’re looking for plans, look no further than the Southwest suburbs. Here are a few ideas to get you going–one for each day of the week. From hands-on museums and open gyms, to kid-friendly eats and animal encounters, you’re bound to find something for everyone.

Let your inner artist out

Drop by Art a la Carte in Orland Park any day of the week and have your young Rembrandt create their own masterpiece. For $13, kids can express their creativity on a 12×12 canvas. If the kids can handle following directions, the kids classes look like a ton of fun. Looking to paint on something other than a canvas? At Pots & Paints in Frankfort (closed Mondays), half the fun is choosing what you can paint on–mugs, flower pots, plates–the choice is yours!

Catch a flick

There may be a few movie theaters to choose from in the area, but none more budget-friendly than Marcus Theatres Cinema in Orland Park. On Tuesdays tickets are only $5, even for newly released movies! And get this, members get free popcorn. Not a member? No worries. It’s free to sign up.

Visit a museum

Kids can learn while having fun at a couple children’s museums in the area including the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn (review here) or KidsWorks Children’s Museum in Frankfort. Want to learn a little bit of history? Head down to the Joliet Area Historical Museum (closed Mondays) and get your kicks on Route 66, while learning a little bit about the area.

Jump around

Do your kids have pent up energy? Kids can bounce their heart out at Pump It Up Orland Park or Jump Zone Mokena during their open play times. For more open gym options, tumble your way to a gymnasium. Gym-Kinetics in Mokena offers a couple of options for open gym on Fridays and Sundays. TwistStars in Tinley Park offers open gym for preschoolers and one for older children. Head to United Gymnastics Academy in Frankfort where they will host special hours during spring break.

Challenge each other

Mini golf among aliens and flying saucers at Space Golf in Orland Park. During spring break, glow-in-the dark mini golf opens at 10 a.m. If bowling’s more your thing, you’ll enjoy Thunder Bowl in Mokena. Stop by on Sunday when kids eat free at the bowling alley’s restaurant, The Alley Grill.

Get out and explore the outdoors

If there is spring weather during your spring break, you owe it to your kids to spend time outdoors. Animal-loving kiddos will love visiting animals such as horses, pigs, cows and goats on a self-guided tour at The Children’s Farm. Save your visit for Saturday or Sunday when they are open 1-4 p.m. When spring-like weather hits, I always get the urge to visit Lake Katherine Nature Center. There’s nothing like taking a stroll around the one-mile trail around the lake and relaxing by the waterfall. Kids always enjoy paying a visit to see their resident rabbit, snakes and turtles.

Eat your way around town

Start the day with breakfast or brunch in Orland Park at Blissful Banana Café, a cute mom-and-pop restaurant serving healthy food. A must try is their Banana Bliss, a frozen banana treat that your kids might mistake for banana ice cream when in fact it is only banana. In the mood for pizza? The newly opened Pie Five Pizza in Oak Lawn is calling your name. Kids will enjoy customizing their own personal size pizzas from crust to toppings, and parents will delight in the fact that their pizza creations are made with healthy ingredients and cook in just five minutes. Time for dessert? Have a sweet treat at Creative Cakes Bakery & Café while watching bakers decorate cakes, cookies and other goodies through a glass window.

What other Southwest suburban activities or restaurants would you include?

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