7 Ideas for a Family-Friendly Spring Break

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March 19, 2018

Chicago is a beautiful place for families to spend spring break! In a city rich with culture, museums, parks, music and more, there’s never a shortage of happenings to explore.


The Art Institute of Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago features ancient art from around the world, renaissance paintings, carved furniture from bygone eras and more! The museum also offers a courtyard and cafe, making it a great place for a family to spend the day basking in culture. For something kids will enjoy check out the Thorne Miniature Rooms, a series of dollhouse-sized re-creations of rooms throughout history.


Lincoln Park Zoo

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The Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun-filled vacation destination for animal lovers old and young. Check out mammals, reptiles, and specialized exhibits in the Kovler Lion House, Helen Brach Primate House, Walter Family Arctic Tundra and more! The zoo also features a full-service cafe in case kids (or grown-ups) need a snack. Plus, don’t miss Egg-Stravaganza at the zoo on March 31st! Bring your whole family and enjoy breakfast, an egg hunt, crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny and more!


Lurie Garden at Millenium Park

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Spring break in Chicago means flowers begin to peek out of the frost! See some of the most beautiful flora Chicago has to offer at the Lurie Garden, located downtown in Millennium Park. The garden is free and open to the public. Bring the kids and check out delicate flower beds, sweeping trees, and fun wooden bridges to cross!


Maggie Daley Park

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From mini golf, to an Enchanted Forest, to a rock climbing wall – Maggie Daley Park has pretty much any fun outdoor activity a kid could ever want! Sweeping over 20 acres of Chicago’s downtown, many of the things to do and see are free. Not to mention, the delicious food, drink and treat options with picnic benches perfect for family seating.


The Field Museum

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At The Field Museum, you can explore an ancient Egyptian tomb, shrink to the size of a bug, see dinosaurs and more! There’s no better place to learn about science in a family-friendly setting. One of the museum’s most popular attractions is ‘Inside Ancient Egypt,’ where visitors can walk down into a recreated ancient tomb and see a mummy. You can also read hieroglyphs and visit an ancient Egyptian marketplace!


Chicago Children’s Theatre

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Come check out plays and theater pieces made specifically for kids! Chicago Children’s Theatre has a brand new space in The Station at 100 S. Racine Ave. In spring, the Children’s Theatre will present “An Epic Tale of Scale,” a multimedia piece that transforms their whole building into a multi-level, kid-friendly theater production! Or, if you want a performer on your hands, put your kiddo in the Spring Ahead Camp! Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can learn musical theater and storytelling from professional theater artists. By the end of camp, kids will put together and perform their very own show.


Adler Planetarium

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The Adler Planetarium has movies and events all year round. Explore the stars with shows like Cosmic Wonder, Skywatch Live and Destination Solar System! And don’t forget to make a trip to Adler’s Community Design Lab. Materials like marshmallows and popsicle sticks are provided, and kids can design science projects and inventions based on what they find in the lab.


Chicago is a great place for families, and spring is one of Chicago’s most exciting seasons! One of the best ways to see Chicago is from our Downtown Hop On, Hop Off Tour. Grab tickets here, and visit many of the attractions on this list! Pack the car, bring the kids, and get ready to have some serious fun.