Things to Do in Chicagoland over Spring Break

By Debra Flanagan, Macaroni KID Chicago Northside March 20, 2024

If you are staying put for Spring Break, have no fear. There is so much to do right here at home, or close by, and we even have some discounts for you!

For the Climbers

The Forge: Lemont Quarries - Opening April 6th

The Forge: Lemont Quarries - The Largest Adventure Park in the USA! 

Go Ape
Go Ape is an unparalleled outdoor adventure experience. Tackle dangling obstacles, explore the trees from a new perspective and fly around on multiple ziplines from exciting heights.

Climb Zone Chicago
65 themed climbing walls, a high ropes course with ziplines, laser tag, an arcade, and bumper cars that randomly spin and flip you! There is a ton to do here and it is so unique and fun. There is even a soft play area for the younger set.

For the Theater Buffs

Filament Theatre presents Constellation Points’  CLOUD MAN - March 16th through April 14th
Designed for ages 4-7, but all ages are always welcome at Filament.

Peter Pan - March 26th through April 7th
See the hit Broadway musical, Peter Pan at The James M. Nederlander Theatre.

Skunk and Badger 
Skunk & Badger is the latest installment of KidsSeries, Lifeline Theatre’s long- standing programmatic series for children. Each KidsSeries brings a children’s book to life through stage adaption and includes in-school residencies which focus on ensemble-based creating and performing. KidsSeries also includes school-day matinees, outreach events at local libraries, and opportunities for delving deeper into the production with the program Stories Come Alive!  

For the Museum Enthusiasts

Make a Difference! The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Kids and students visit FREE through April 14th. Reserve your Spring Break Tickets!
A highly interactive space where hands-on activities for kids ages 8-12 foster leadership skills, empathy, self-esteem, and positive decision-making. This exhibition uses the tenets of character education – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship – to help visitors learn what they can do to be Upstanders and affect positive change in their world. Although designed with visitors ages 8-12 (grades 3-6) in mind, the exhibition and its themes resonate with visitors of all ages.

Volo Auto Museum
There is so much to see, from vintage and muscle cars (available for purchase), to Warner Bros. and Disney galleries, and cars from so many movies. For even more fun, visit over 30 animatronic dinosaurs in the Jurassic Gardens. The Jurassic Gardens also has a Rapture Pen Arcade, and Dino-Dig. The Volo property also has an outdoor playground, and an onsite pizza place with animatronic entertainment. There are two Princess-Superhero Days over Spring Break (March 23 and 30th), extreme remote control car racing on the 24th, magic shows on the 25th, balloon twisting on the 26th, face painting on the 27th, an escape room on the 28th, and more.

For the Gamers

Enter the game where you become the player in the world’s first active gaming facility. Jump, climb, problem-solve and laugh, as you and your friends move between challenges. Each dynamic game room has interactive technology that reacts in real time, ensuring an adrenaline-filled adventure.