Best 2021 Spring Activities in the Western Suburbs

Welcome to the Kidlist guide to all things Spring! Shake off cabin fever with our fun ideas, places to go, and all-around great spring activities for kids in the western suburbs of Chicago. Find the best places for Easter egg hunts and bunny breakfasts, kite festivals, what to do on a rainy day, spring break camps, live theater to enjoy as a family, and more.

Photo courtesy of local mom Jenniffer Stanczak

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.

Free Tulip Bulbs in Oak Brook
Oakbrook Center generously offers free tulip bulbs! 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 2021 details!

Kite Flying Festivals and Events in Chicagoland
Spring is the perfect time to fly a kite and Chicagoland offers many kite flying events! Check back for 2021 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.

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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.

Family-Friendly Events
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.

Nature Centers
This one gives an overview of all the nature centers that are open to the public. You can also check out the 10 best nature centers as voted by Kidlist readers.

Plant Conservatories
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.

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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 even restaurants with indoor play spaces. We’ve also expanded the list to include private rentals, which many spots are now offering.

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!

We also have articles about Escape Rooms, Rock Climbing, Roller Skating, Kid-Friendly Nail Salons, and Paint-Your-Own Pottery Studios, which will be updated soon!

Hopefully there will be Gymnastics Open Gym soon! We’ll share it here.

Food and Where to Eat

Local Fish Fry Events and Takeout Options
Get options for restaurants, churches and VFWs throughout the western suburbs offer tasty fish options for families during Lent.

Cookie Decorating Kits
Fun for the whole family or just to keep the littles entertained for a while, these kits are a wonderful and tasty way to get creative together.

Best Spots for Pizza in the West Suburbs
Check out this reader recommended list for the best pizza places.

Best Donut Shops
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.

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Day Trips and Travel

Local Hotels with Pools and Kid-Friendly Chicago Hotel Deals
The weather starts warming up, everyone is looking 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
A lot of baby animals are born in the spring, making it a perfect time to visit a farm! We have the info on where to go and what you will see at each one.

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.

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a mom to two boys (ages 2 and 4) who "certainly has her hands full," as strangers in grocery stores tell her. She's doing her best to keep up and get comfortable with the mud pies and tree-climbing her kids love. In addition to writing and editing, Rachel frequently pillages the Naperville library, plays nerdy board games with her husband, and collapses into a tired heap at 8:30 p.m.

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