Warmer weather is starting, flowers are starting to push their way out of the earth, and kids are ready to get outside and start enjoying spring activities again. We are, too! This guide to all things spring in Chicago’s west suburbs has things to do, places to go, and new things to try all around town. You’ll find Easter egg hunts, spring break camps, rainy day play, and more.
This article is sponsored by Downtown Naperville.
Downtown Naperville has many activities for all to enjoy this spring! Indulge in a variety of treats at our annual Chocolate Walk on May 7th (a perfect Mother’s Day gift) or spend the day with a group of friends at our Spring Wine Walk on June 5th! And don’t forget about the Downtown Naperville Classic Car Show on Father’s Day Weekend (June 18th)!
With national brands and local favorites, Downtown Naperville has hundreds of shopping and dining options sure to please everyone. Or book some much-needed time to relax at one of our salons or spas! Looking for the perfect gift? A Downtown Naperville gift card gives the gift of letting your loved one chose from 150+ participating locations!
Pardon our dust as we undergo a few construction projects this spring/summer/fall. However, all businesses are open and ready to see you!
Downtown is for everyone. Isn’t it time you found yourself in Downtown Naperville? Visit www.DowntownNaperville.com to start your adventure!
Spring Activities for Kids and Families
Easter Egg Hunts in the Western Suburbs
A comprehensive list of all the egg hunts in Chicago’s western suburbs with locations, dates, and times.
Where to See the Easter Bunny
Get the details for where and when you can spot the bunny in the western suburbs. You’ll find all types of events and photo opportunities.
Spring Break Camps, Activities, and Events in the Western Suburbs
Check out all of these camps, ideas for activities, and kid-friendly events during spring break in Chicago’s western suburbs.
Ultimate Guide to Playgrounds
Find all the best playgrounds for your family! This guide is broken out by age groups and features.
Free Tulip Bulbs in Oak Brook
Oakbrook Center generously offers free tulip bulbs each year! Find out when and were to get them, along with tips and what to do with the bulbs when you get home. Check back for 2022 details.
Kite Flying Festivals and Events in Chicagoland
Spring is the perfect time to fly a kite and Chicagoland offers many kite flying events! Also learn how to make your own kite and how to be successful at flying a kite so you are ready to take your kids.
Things to Do with Kids on a Rainy Day
This list of rainy-day fun around town (and at home) will help transform long, gloomy days into opportunities for fun times together.
Theater for Kids: Spring – Summer
From big city productions to small theater groups right in your neighborhood, there’s plenty of wonderful theater for kids for the whole family.
Spring Resale and Consignment Sales
This spring, take the time to clean out your closets and make space for the amazing scores you find at these local children’s resales.
Insider Tips for Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien
Spring is a great time to visit this forest preserve as the waterfall thaws and flows freely. Get inside tips on the best place to park, what you will find there, and more.
Find out about upcoming events before they book up! Local organizations are working hard to create safe options for kids to enjoy.
Indoor Pools with Family Swim Times
If the warming temps have you and your crew dreaming of summer sunshine, treat your kids to an indoor pool.
This one gives an overview of all the nature centers that are open to the public. Nature centers are a great choice for indoor/outdoor fun!
Get some fresh air and enjoy the greenery at these local spots to take a walk and admire the foliage.
Local Workout Classes and Ideas for Being Active with Kids
Read this one for ideas to inspire you and your family to get active with local classes and activities that get you moving.
Arcades, Laser Tag, and Game Rooms
We’ve rounded up the best local arcades, laser tag and game rooms for kids (or kids at heart) in the western suburbs of Chicago.
Kid-Friendly Bowling Alleys
Get the list of local bowling alleys with helpful info about ramps and bumpers.
Indoor Play Areas
Our play area guide encompasses indoor play gyms, indoor inflatables, indoor playgrounds, and more.
Find These Hidden Fairy Gardens
Three local homeowners have gone above and beyond our wildest dreams with their fairy gardens and we can tell you where they are!
Food and Where to Eat
Local Fish Fry Events and Takeout Options
Get options for restaurants, churches, and VFWs throughout the western suburbs offering fried fish during Lent.
Best Spots for Pizza in the West Suburbs
Check out this reader recommended list for the best pizza places.
12 Over-the-Top Milkshake Spots
As the weather warms up, an ice cream outing is just the thing! These spots have incredible creations bursting with extras; perfect for an extra-special treat (and definitely a great photo op).
Best Donut Shops in Chicagoland
Find out where to get the best donuts in the suburbs! This one has a map so you can mark off the places you’ve been and want to try.
Day Trips and Travel
Local Hotels with Pools and Kid-Friendly Chicago Hotel Deals
The weather starts warming up and everyone is looks forward to swimming . . . but it’s still too chilly out! Don’t worry, these hotels have indoor pools to enjoy before summer hits.
Escape to These Indoor Water Parks Near Chicagoland
We’ve researched all the best options for indoor water parks in and around Chicago for you.
Local Farms to Visit with Kids
Baby animals born in the spring make for a perfect visit to a local farm! We have the info on where to go and what you will see at each one.
An Interactive Trip Through Time at Volo Auto Museum’s Jurassic Gardens
This is a must-see destination for little dino lovers! Katie’s got the scoop on visiting the attraction, as well as ideas for making a day of it in the north suburbs.
A Day Trip or Weekend in Champaign-Urbana
Places to go, things to see, where to eat, and where to stay in and around Champaign-Urbana.
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, An Outdoor Lover’s Dream
Get the inside scoop on the Breaker Bay Water Park, waterfront, children’s museum, Bookworm Gardens, where to eat, Blue Harbor Resort, and more.
Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort
Overview of the grounds, waterpark, attractions, and activities.
5 Tips for Hiking Starved Rock with Kids
Going to Starved Rock with kids? We have expert tips to make your trip smooth and enjoyable! What to bring, when to get there, where to go, and more.
Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan
Beautiful tulips, entertainment, arts and crafts, and more at Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan. Get the family-friendly festival details here.