After a long and dreary winter, it’s finally springtime in Chicago! With warmer weather on the way and summer just around the corner, parents and children alike are looking forward to heading back outdoors for springtime activities. While the city has endless parks, museums, and theaters to choose from, the north shore and western suburbs also have a plethora of well-known play places, as well as hidden gems for suburban families. If you are looking for a quick answer to the “What are we doing today?” question, here are some great places that your kids will love! All of the locations mentioned would be fantastic places for both toddlers, as well as older children to discover.
If you are looking for a little inspiration for your budding Picasso, or your superstar just needs to burn off some additional energy, here are some great locations for the arts as well as sports-themed venues.
Arts & Sports:
Color Me Mine – Glenview
Sunshine Arts & Crafts – Highland Park
Art Reach – Palatine/Schaumberg
Marriott Theater – Lincolnshire
Fairytale Ballet & Academy – Evanston
Hi Five Sports Camp – Highland Park
North Suburban YMCA – Northbrook
Arctic Splash – Wheeling
Splash Landings – Glenview
Key Lime Cove – Gurnee
Big Blue Swim School – Select locations
Foss Swim School – Select locations
If your family is still recovering from the cabin fever experience all winter long, below are some great fun and educational locations you can explore.
Kohl Children’s Museum – Glenview
DuPage Children’s Museum – Naperville
Chicago Botanic Garden – Glencoe
Lambs Farm – Libertyville
Wagner Farm – Glenview
Elawa Farm – Lake Forest
Morton Arboretum – Lisle
Cantigny Park – Wheaton
The Grove – Glenview
Independence Grove – Libertyville
Cosley Zoo – Wheaton
Naper Settlement – Naperville
Spring Valley Nature Center – Schaumburg
Since the start of spring brought Chicagoans a few additional snowy days, springtime weather can be somewhat unpredictable. Below are some suggestions of places to visit when the weather turns sour.
Indoor Play Places:
The Chicago TreeHouse – Lake Zurich
Little Beans – Evanston
Jammin’ Jungle – Highland Park
Gymboree – Select locations
Pump It Up – Select locations
Jump Zone – Buffalo Grove
Lego Land – Schaumburg
Exploritorium – Skokie (Part of the Park District)
Go Bananas – Norridge
*Opening Soon: Funtopia – Glenview
In addition to the above mentioned locations, the park districts and libraries in the northern suburbs have plenty of fantastic resources for toddlers and their older siblings. With sunnier days on the horizon, most cities offer outdoor festivals, special events, and farmers markets, so be sure to check out what your town is offering. If you and your family have another favorite hot spot that you would love to share with others, please let us know about it in the comments below.
NSPT offers services in Bucktown, Evanston, Highland Park, Lincolnwood, Glenview, Lake Bluff and Des Plaines. If you have questions or concerns about your child, we would love to help! Give us a call at (877) 486-4140 and speak to one of our Family Child Advocates today!