2023 Spring Break Camps, Activities, and Events in the West Suburbs

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Spring break camps are ready for sign-ups! Our guide to all things spring break (including camps, activities, and other fun events) includes fun all over the western suburbs. Whether you’re looking for full-day options, one-off activities, or family fun to do together, you’ll find options below. Everything’s broken down by event type and town to make finding good options a little easier.

Pro tip! Think about using spring break camps to test out your summer camp plans: If there’s a summer camp option you’ve been eyeing, but aren’t familiar with the organization or venue, try a spring break camp to see if it’s a good fit for your child. (Annie just released our full summer camp guide, too!)

This guide to spring break is sponsored by Breakaway Basketball and the featured listings.

Breakaway Basketball Spring Break Showdown

Breakaway Basketball
Locations in Oak Brook, Hinsdale, Lombard, Homer Glen, Lemont, and Milwaukee
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Breakaway Basketball is the largest skill development program in IL training over 10K players a year and over 500 teams. Their mission is to teach players how to work hard and understand that being successful at anything is a process. This process takes focus, hard work, perseverance, and patience. They use the game of basketball to teach these lessons that will translate to their everyday lives.

The Spring Break Showdown is a 5-day clinic open to boys and girls in grades 1st-8th where players compete against other players in a 3 V 3 setup. Players will spend 40 minutes on skill development each day followed by 35 minutes of games. There will be a regular season, playoffs, and the championship game.

Spring Break Camps

The Park District of Forest Park Spring Break Camps (Forest Park)
March 20 – 24, 2023 | 7:30am – 6:00pm
Spring break camps with sports, crafts, and activities for grades K – 6. Sign up by the day or week. Check back for this year’s details.

Fox Valley Park District’s Spring Break Camps (Aurora)
To Be Announced
Last year, the Fox Valley Park District hosted Spring Blast Camp, MVP Sports Academy, Gymnastics Camp, and Chess Scholars. Check back for this year’s details.

Flying High Spring Break Break Camp (Countryside)
March 27 – 31 and April 10 – 14, 2023 | 9:00am – 4:00pm; half-days and extended care available
Themed day camps for ages 4–12.

Darien Park District’s Spring Break Escape Camp
March 27 – 30, 2023 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
Camp for children ages 6–12, with different games and activities each day.

Darien Park District’s Spring Break Mini Camp
March 28, 29, and/or 30, 2023 | 9:00am – 11:00am
Mini camp for preschoolers ages 3–5. Register for one or more days.

Half-Day Spring Break Nature Camp (Downers Grove)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 9:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Kids ages 5 through 12 can spend spring break exploring and discovering throughout Lyman Woods.

Spring Break Adventures (Downers Grove)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
Five-day camp with themed days, sports, crafts, and field trips to destinations like bowling and Enchanted Castle.

Geneva Park District’s Spring Break Fun Zone (Geneva)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 8:00am – 2:15pm; extended care available
Register for one day, more than one day, or the whole week. Field trips to destinations like the Shedd Aquarium, Rockford Discovery Museum, and the Morton Arboretum.

Spring Break T-Ball Camp (Hinsdale)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 9:30am – 10:30am
Kids learn T-Ball basics at this camp for ages 3 to 6.

Spring Break Pitcher, Catcher & Infielder Skills Camp (Hinsdale)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 11:30am – 12:30pm
Baseball and softball skills camp for girls and boys ages 7 to 12.

Riverside Arts Center Spring Break Camp (Riverside)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 11:30am – 12:30pm
Art projects in materials such as clay, fibers, collage, sculpture, paint, chalk, and mosaics for ages 5+.

Chicago Elite Volleyball Spring Break Camp (Hinsdale)
March 28 – 30, 2023 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Volleyball skills camp for ages 6 to 14.

The Community House Spring Break Camp (Hinsdale)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 7:30am – 3:30pm; extended care available
Games, craft, art, science, and more. Register for one or more days.

Gemini Gymnastics Break Camps (La Grange)
March 27- 31, 2023 | 8:45am – 11:45am or 12:30 – 3:30pm
Register by the day for girls’ gymnastics class (ages 6+), co-ed ninja class (ages 6+), mini gymnastics camp (ages 4-5), or mini ninja camp (ages 4-5).

Spring Break Camp at The Forge

Spring Break Camp at The Forge
April 1 – 2 or April 3 -5, 2023 | 9:00am – 3:00pm

Hey Parents! Get the kids back outside after a long winter at our Spring Break Climbing Camps at The Forge! Each day of fun will include our high and low ropes course, friendly climbing competitions and relay races, knot tying, belay classes, and more. This camp is perfect for kids and high schoolers, ages 7-16 years old, to get all the climbing that their hearts desire!

3 Day Camp (April 3rd-5th): https://forgeparks.com/events-races/camps/3d-spring-break-camp/ 

2-DayCamp (April1st-2nd): https://forgeparks.com/events-races/camps/2d-spring-break-camp/

Use code SBREAK10 for 10% off either Spring Break Camp of your choosing!

Spring Break Quest (Lisle)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | pick-up/drop-off between 7:15am – 6:00pm
Day camp with flexible drop-off and pick-up times, as well as field trips to bowling, the Mascot Hall of Fame museum, and more. Register for one day, multiple days, or the whole week.

Spring Break Camp (Lombard)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 9:00am – 4:00pm; extended care available
Kids will do crafts, play games, and have fun making new friends. Register by day or for the full week.

Naperville Park District Spring Break Camps (Naperville)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | times vary
For kids from ages 3-14 years old, Naperville is offering all sorts of spring break camps. Check out athletics camps, LEGO camp, performing arts camps, and more.

Naperville Area Humane Society Spring Break Junior Internship (Naperville)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
This week-long adventure in animal care gives teens aged 12 to 15 an inside experience with working at a local animal shelter.

Spring Break Camp (North Riverside)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 9:00am 3:00pm; extended care available
Campers will enjoy three or five days of camp. Options for ages 3-5 and grades 1-5.

Oak Brook Park District’s Pee Wee Spring Break Camp (Oak Brook)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 9:00am – 11:30am
Arts and crafts, games, sports and storytime will fill these fun sessions for your 3 5 year old. Sign up for individual days or the whole week.

Oak Brook Park District’s Playground Spring Break Camp (Oak Brook)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 9:00am – 3:00pm
Arts, crafts, games, and more for grades Kindergarten through 5th. Campers go swimming at the aquatic center every day. Sin up for individual days or the whole week.

Breakaway Basketball’s Spring Break Showdown (Oak Brook)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | times vary depending on age
Sign up for the appropriate session to join in a 4-on-4 shortcourt tournament for ages kindergarten through 8th. Read more about this fun opportunity above!

Villa Park Spring Break Camp (Villa Park)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 9:00am 4:00pm; extended care available
Games and activities for ages 5–12; sign up for one or more days.

Spring Break Camp (Warrenville)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
Indoor and outdoor activities, games, crafts and adventures await. Ages 5 to 10.

Westmont Yard’s Spring Break Camp (Westmont)
March 27 – 31, 2023 | 6:30am – 6:00pm
Field trips to Enchanted Castle, laser tag, and more at this camp for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Kids will be grouped by age.

Wheaton Park District’s Spring Break Camps
March 27 – 31, 2023 | times vary, extended care available for some options
Full-time traditional day camps, half-day sports camps, and spring adventure camps for kids ages 5-12.

Second City Spring Break Camps (Chicago or Virtual)
April 3 – 7, 2023 | times vary
In-person improv classes for kids at this storied improv institution.

Spring Break Activities

Dino Works at Wonder Works

Dino Works
March 29 – April 2, 2023
Wonder Works Children’s Museum
6445 W North Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

Dinosaurs big and small will fill Wonder Works from March 29 to April 2 for their most anticipated takeover event of the year. Aspiring Paleontologists of all ages will be delighted by the wide array of dinosaur activities, starting with the giant T-Rex skeleton greeting them as they enter. Giant T-Rex, dinosaur art projects, fossil exploration, build a dinosaur, and so much more! Dino Works is so chock full of activities that families often like to come twice, to maximize their time in this once a year takeover event at Wonder Works Children’s Museum.

Tickets are $13 for members and $26 for non-members. Wonder Works and Wonder Works CLIMB members only are eligible for discounted admission. Everyone over the age of 12 months, adults and children alike, need a ticket.

Tickets can be purchased at: https://wonder-works.org/2023-dino-works/

You may not be heading somewhere warm for spring break, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the afternoon swimming. Splash around for a day-trip at one of these nearby indoor waterparks, or even plan a night away.

Nature centers offer a dose of the great outdoors, even when the weather isn’t cooperating. Visit one of these local Nature Centers and bring the outdoor fun inside!

The zoo is always more fun when the weather cooperates! Brookfield Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo, Cosley Zoo, and Philips Park Zoo are all amazing spots for kids to spot some of their favorite animals.

The Garfield Park Conservatory is filled with lush, colorful vegetation year round. The Oak Park Conservatory is a great spot as well!

If the weather is nice, find a new playground to swing, jump, and climb. Readers voted and came up with an awesome list of the 10 Best Parks and Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs. Sick of playing at the same places? Here’s a list of new playgrounds!

Discover some local waterfalls and explore one of the Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids. If you’re up for a drive, spend the day soaking in some fresh air with a hike at Starved Rock downstate in Utica. Check out our tips!

Not so great outside? Many indoor play places are open and ready for fun!

A day trip to Chicago is a time-honored tradition for suburban families on spring break. Why not check out the Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, or the Shedd Aquarium?

We also have an amazing list of immersive experiences for a memorable day! We have reviewed the newest, most unique experiences in Chicagoland, so you can check those out.

How about a family game of bowling at one of these kid-friendly bowling alleys?

Find even more indoor fun and get your game on! We’ve rounded up the best local arcades, laser tag and game rooms in the Chicago area.

The suburbs are home to some of the best libraries in the country. Grab a pile of new books at your local library and spend your day reading together. Don’t forget your library card!

The outdoor ice skating rinks may be closed for the season, but there are many indoor options with public skate times! Check this out: Ice Skating Rinks for Families in the Western Suburbs.

Eat lunch or dinner at one of these extra-fun restaurants for kids. Don’t forget our list of places that usually offer kids eat free, but you will want to call ahead to confirm the deal.

It looks like rain is in the forecast for spring break. Head to our guide to rainy day fun for even more ideas!

Spring Break Events

Spring Break week is a great time to check out new events around the western suburbs. Check out our events calendar for events hosted by local libraries, park districts, businesses, and more!

Check out our resources for families page for more great information on local things to do with your kids.

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