A Little Time and a Keyboard: 15 Fun and Affordable Spring Break Ideas for Kids in the Chicago Suburbs

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

15 Fun and Affordable Spring Break Ideas for Kids in the Chicago Suburbs

Garfield Park Conservatory Palm Room

Spring Break seems to be a bit scattered this year in this area! I have rounded up some ideas for fun in the suburbs that is under $10 per person to visit. Quite a few of the attractions are free or have free days. Plus, I added a few free ideas in Chicago to check out! As always, head over to the attraction's website to check out information about open days and times:

  • Free Fridays at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (other days are low cost, $5/adult, $2/child), learn about gemstones, gemstone creations, earth science and more
  • Elmhurst Historical Museum has free admission, explore the history of Elmhurst, combine the two museums for a great day!
  • Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove free admission and crafts on select Spring Break Days, March 21 Squawking Chickens, March 22 Plant Seeds, March 23 Make Kites, March 24 Felt Flowers and March 25 Pinecone bird feeders, crafts are from 1:00PM-3:30PM each day listed, take a peek inside in my Raupp Museum post.
  • Fairy Tale Bingo at Arlington Heights Memorial Library March 22 1PM-2PM, minimum age 6, free but must register *Also, check out the Fairy Tale Exhibit (through March 26)!
  • Build Cardboard Castles Arlington Heights Memorial Library March 23 1PM-2:3PM, materials provided, ages K-3rd grade, free but must register *Also, check out the Fairy Tale Exhibit (through March 26)!
  • Visit a nature preserve. Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington, The Grove in Glenview, Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia and Trailside Museum of Natural History in River Forest not only have plenty of space to wander in nature but also have some of the best nature centers we have visited in the area. Visiting is free!
  • Morton Arboretum winter rates--take advantage of lower admission to the Morton Arboretum during March: $9 Adults ages 18–64, $8 Seniors ages 65+ , $6 Youth ages 2–17  (usually $14, $12 and $8 respectively), the Children's Garden and Treehouse Tales will keep the kids engaged for quite some time!
  • Kids Day Out at Palatine Park District March 21, 22 & 23 2PM-5PM, $8 resident and non, must register, soccer, basketball, crafts and more
  • Walk-in Chocolate Day at Morkes Chocolates in Palatine, March 211PM-5PM, dip and make a Peep Kabob, dip a Peep to set in a candy nest, $9 per person
  • Flashlight Egg Hunt at Twin Lakes in Palatine, March 23 and 24 7:45PM-8:30PM, $5 pp, must register
  • Flashlight Egg Hunt Wilder Park, Elmhurst, *ages 11-16 so good for older kids* 8PM, free
  • Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, Cosley Zoo is home to domestic farm animals and native wildlife, Wheaton residents are free, all kids are free, adults ages 18-54 $5, seniors 55+ $4
  • Cantigny Park in Wheaton, the tank park is fun and educational for kids, check out the 1st Division Museum and McCormick Mansion, enjoy fresh air, free admission, $5 parking
  • Simply Spring: The Butterfly Exhibit at Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford, March 19-May 15, take an opportunity to walk surrounded by butterflies, adults $6 res, $8 non, seniors & vets are $4/$6, kids 5-17 are $4/$6, kids 3-4 are $1/$2, 2 and and under are free.
  • Indoor swim centers such as Olympic Indoor Swim Center in Arlington Heights ($6 residents, $8 non, discounted after 6PM) and The Water Works in Schaumburg (kids $5 residents, $8 non; adults are $7/$9)
In Chicago, check for free days.......

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