Family Friendly Spring Break Ideas

Spring Has Sprung

Family friendly ideas for spring break in Chicago.

Spring has sprung in Chicago and to celebrate, our experts at MSV have compiled a list of safe, family-friendly spring break activities and events.



Rollin’ Rec on the Block at Garfield

March 31, 2021; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

3900 W. Wilcox St. Chicago

Rollin’ Rec On the Block brings the excitement directly to communities. The van drives in, and the fun rolls out - sports, games and fitness activities. Join us for a special Spring Break edition of On the Block that will include eSports, pickleball, archery, and live DJ sets. No registration required, just come out and have fun. Click here for more information.


Spring Flower Show

March 2021 – May 9, 2021

Garfield Park Conservatory

The Garfield Park Conservatory’s 2021 Spring Flower Show “Saturation” will be on display Saturday, February 27 through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9. This year’s show will immerse visitors in virtually the entire spectrum in the rainbow. Instead of typical garden design which incorporates different colors scattered throughout the landscape, Saturation concentrates groups of blooming flowers so that visitors will be able to see and understand the wide range of hues and tints within each color and enjoy their vivid, rich and intense nuances. Click here for more information.

Spring Break Nature Walks

April 1, 2021; 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Peggy Notebart Nature Museum

Register your family for a free guided nature walk through the museum’s outdoor exhibits! Learn about the plants and animals that call the museum’s grounds home. From grasses to trees to bugs to birds, you know what we’ll see! Click here for more information.


Lincoln Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show: Pretty in Pink

March 26 – May 8, 2021

Lincoln Park Conservatory

The Lincoln Park Conservatory is welcoming back guests and debuting its Spring Flower Show, which features blooms in many pink hues, ranging from fuchsia to blush. You'll see azaleas, hydrangeas, peonies, tulips and alyssum arranged throughout a room that's bursting with the familiar springtime color. If you'd like to see the Spring Flower Show, you'll need to book a reservation online and secure a 60-minute timeslot to enter the Lincoln Park Conservatory. For additional information, click here.


Art on theMART

April 1 – July 4, 2021

Merchandise Mart

After taking most of the winter off, Art on theMart is back with another 25-story-tall video installation that takes over the side of the Merchandise Mart. The new program is based around a collaboration with the Adler Planetarium, transporting viewers into the cosmos with scientific visualizations that demonstrate just how gigantic the universe really is. Entitled Astrographics, the 16-minute video was created using imagery from telescopes around the world. You'll be able to see images of black holes, other planets, stars and more amazing images that offer a peek at what lies beyond our solar system. The program is accompanied by an appropriate soundtrack assembled from Experimental Sound Studio's Sun Ra Arkestra archives. Art on theMART's array of 34 digital projectors will fire back up on April 1, displaying the 30-minute program at 8:30 and 9pm every evening through April 30.

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  • Foglia Family & Youth Center
    2859 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612
  • Marillac Social Center
    212 S. Francisco Ave. Chicago, IL 60612
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    2145 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614