Spring Countdown, Break Ideas the Family Will Love


Icy Spring Alternatives

As much as we’d like to plan for a spring break that the family can enjoy outdoors, the chill of an extended Chicago winter is looming. To warm you up on the break consider these kid-friendly cafe stops chosen by Chicago Parent (Real.Happy.Families) Winter Warmers and Cafes.

For more interactive fun for all – consider museum hopping, especially on their free days. Chicago Museum Free Days.

Attend an Egg-Stravaganza

More than 4,000 Chicago area adults and children are expected to attend the annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza festival at Soldier Field Stadium’s South Courtyard, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, on Saturday, March 23. The festival includes face painting, a balloon artist, and more. Before the candied egg hunt, families can eat breakfast with the Easter bunny and have their photos taken at Soldier Field’s United Club from 8:30 – 10 a.m. for a small fee.

Hop Aboard Airfare Savings

Try booking your Spring break flight mid-week or during off hours to save money on airfare. According to the Chicago Tribune for Cheap Travel, Wednesday is the least expensive day to fly domestically, followed by Tuesday and Saturday.

A domestic flight to Washington D.C. to see the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin and historical monuments on a sightseeing tour or trip to sunny San Diego or Orlando to visit some theme parks might be the perfect fit or your family’s Spring Break this year.

If it doesn’t conflict with your kids’ school schedule, consider waiting until April for your trip, as airline tickets can cost less later in Spring. Many students have Spring break in April this year and families may save money flying together then.

Better Weather Around the Corner

Camp out doesn’t always have to imply roughing it in the great outdoors. Some schools and non-profit organizations have mini day camps for kids over Spring break that lets them spend a few hours a day making arts and crafts, playing sports and having fun with other kids. Check out the Chicago Kids website for camp and program listings.

What better season than Spring to plant a garden? Although in the Midwest weather isn’t warm enough in March or even April to plant seeds just yet, the whole family can pitch in to help prepare the soil and plan the garden for May. Visit a greenhouse with your kids as an engaging way to glean inspiration for the garden. Ask your kids to point out their favorite flowers and plants.

Showing children how to water and care for plants so they grow can teach kids responsibility. Once the garden starts to sprout, tending it can help keep kids active and out of trouble over the summer months. And if there’s no soil in your city backyard visit Garfield Park Conservatory or Lincoln Park Conservatory for a dose of nature.

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