MLK Day Camps + Ideas for a Day Off in the West Suburbs

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We’re bringing our list of ideas for a day off back in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Keep reading for day camps and special events to help bridge the day-off gap. You’ll also want to check out Katie’s ideas for honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day with your kids, including books to read together, local events, and virtual resources.

Things to Do When School is Closed in Chicago’s West Suburbs: Updated for MLK Day

Day Camps Offered on Monday, January 17, 2022

There are quite a few day camp opportunities for families that need childcare next Monday. Make sure to check their website as soon as possible, as nearly all require registration, and that’s sure to fill up quickly!

School’s Day Off (Elmhurst)
January 17, 2022 | 7:00am – 6:00pm

Day Off Fun (Addison)
January 17, 2022 | 7:00am – 6:00pm

School Day Off (Lombard)
January 17, 2022 | 7:00am – 6:00pm

All Day Camp (York Center Park District)
January 17, 2022 | 7:30am – 6:00pm

Day-Off Drop-Off (North Riverside)
January 17, 2022 | 8:00am – 3:00pm

School’s Out (Roselle)
January 17, 2022 | 8:30am – 3:30pm, with extended hours available.

ActivKids Days Off Club (Carol Stream)
January 17, 2022 | 9:00am – 4:00pm, with extended hours available.

Day of Fun Camp (Bartlett Nature Center)
January 17, 2022 | 9:00am -3:00pm

More Kid-Friendly Events

MLK Day One-Day Camp (Naperville Area Humane Society)
January 17, 2022 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

Shedd Aquarium Illinois Resident Free Day (Chicago)
January 17, 2022 | 9:00am – 5:00pm
Reserve tickets online in advance.

Nerf Day (Downers Grove)
January 17, 2022 | 10:00am – 3:00pm

Free Day at The Art Institute of Chicago
January 17, 2022 | 11:00am – 6:00pm
Advance registration required.

Wild World of Wacky Winter Sports (Clarendon Hills)
January 17, 2022 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Brick City (Park District of Oak Park)
January 17, 2022 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Farm Life in Winter (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
January 17, 2022 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Explore Immersive Experiences and Special Exhibits (Various Locations)
January 17, 2022 | all day

Enjoy a Live Theater Performance (Various Locations)
January 17, 2022 | all day

At-Home Activities for Days Off School

Some extra inspiration for fun at home:

  • Cook together. If you’re not sure where to start, the PBS website’s Cooking with Kids section has lots of great kid-friendly recipes!
  • Break out the board games. Sometimes, I forget about the games we have stockpiled in the closet! If you’re really ambitious, have a tournament and decide on a prize for the winner.
  • Shake it off. Turn up the music or break out the instruments for a dance party! If you’ve got older kids, see if you can convince them to teach you a new dance move . . . or turn to YouTube and learn something new together.
  • Bring the snow inside. Bring in a few pails of snow and put it in your bathtub, shower, or a plastic bin. Give your kids buckets, shovels, measuring cups, and spoons. They can play until their little fingers are cold! Or, use watercolors with a brush (or a squirt bottle with water and food coloring) to create snow art.
  • Create a snowy snack. Annie shared these ideas a few years back, and I think they’re genius. Check them out:
    • Annie’s Snow Cone Recipe: “Scoop up some clean, newly fallen snow into bowls. Top with your favorite fruity simple syrup (I just combine some frozen fruit and sugar in a saucepan until the sugar is dissolved, and fruit is mushy. You can strain it, if you prefer, but my kids don’t mind the fruit).”
    • Annie’s Ice Cream Recipe: “Combine a can of sweetened condensed milk, 8 cups of snow, and a teaspoon of vanilla for instant ice cream. Add your favorite toppings for a snow day ice cream sundae. “
  • Make an indoor obstacle course. Pillows, cushions, couches, string, “hot lava” patches made with beach towels, and more . . . challenge the kids to get creative!
  • Watch a movie. Let’s be real, a little extra screen time can help make a day at home be a bit more pleasant. Build a fort and snuggle up together if you’re able!
  • Create something together. Who can build the tallest house of cards? Stack the most Solo cups? Build a sturdy bridge out of Popsicle sticks?
  • Write letters or make cards. Brainstorm some people who would love a letter from your family — maybe a family member or far-away friend. Then, work together to create a special letter. Everyone loves getting mail!

More Indoor and Outdoor Activities for Days Off School

Please be sure to look at websites for the most current information as hours may change during days off.

What do you do on a day off school? Let us know in the comments!

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