Spring Break ideas for all ages

| March 17, 2015 | Comments (0)

VikingsSpring Break is coming soon. What are your plans to keep your kids busy? Here are some of our favorite ways to make sure your kids have stories to tell when they head back to the classroom.

America’s first planetarium, the Adler Planetarium, describes itself as “the only place in the world where you can touch a piece of the moon, Mars, a meteorite and two different asteroids all under one roof.” If you haven’t been there lately, the Adler has undergone some amazing changes from the new shows to the children’s play area. Everything is much more hands-on than you might remember.

The Chicago Architectural Foundation recently introduced a new program for children ages 3 – 5. Read and Build encourages children to explore architecture and design through stories and hands-on projects. At the end of each session, children will have a project to show-off at home and school. All kids will enjoy LEGO Build held every Sunday. These weekly events encourage children to create their own building using the theme of the month. Both events take place at the Chicago Architectural Foundation at 224 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

Chicago CityPASS is a budget-friendly and time-saving way to visit Chicago’s top attractions. What’s great about Chicago CityPASS is that attractions consider it a membership (where memberships are available). This means you get to walk past those long museum entrance lines and head to the membership desk to enter the museum. The pass is good for nine days, so you can head out whenever it’s good for your family.

Vikings are on display at the Field Museum in an exhibit that takes visitors beyond the brutal, warrior legends and looks at how Vikings really lived. You’ll be able to see everything from rare Scandinavian artifacts to objects made from glass, bone and amber. Kids will be able to play a game that entertained Viking families hundreds of years ago. This is the only North American stop on the international tour of Vikings.

Forest preserves are a Chicago area treasure that most of us take for granted. Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties all have robust calendars filled with free or inexpensive programs. Most programs are open to anyone – whether you live in the county or not.

The Museum Adventure Pass is available from most public libraries. With your library card you can check out discounts to nearly 20 different organizations from the Air Classic Inc. Museum of Aviation to the Bronzeville Children’s Museum to the Naper Settlement. You can take day trips all across the Chicago metro area to find something fun for everyone.

The Shedd Aquarium’s At Home on the Great Lakes exhibit “explores conservation issues surrounding the Great Lakes and encourages guest to learn about the species in our backyards – including feeling the spines of sturgeon in the Sturgeon Touch Pool.” It’s a great way to help children understand that conservation isn’t just something they learn in the classroom. It really affects their community.

Details change so it’s important to check each organization’s website. Whatever you decide to do, there’s no reason not to get out and play this Spring Break.


Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times The Fun. Image courtesy of the Field Museum.

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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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