Spring break offers a great time for kids and parents alike to get away from their regular routine. While the time away from school can be a great change for children, it can be difficult for parents to think of new and inventive activities to keep their children entertained during their break. Instead of taking the kids to the same old movie theater or to the local park, there are a number of different activities in and around the Chicago area to keep it interesting for spring break 2014. Whether it’s keeping their bodies active or keeping their minds entertained, choose an activity to suit your child and make for a great mini vacation from the norm.
Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure
5400 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Date: March 14-17, 2014
Held at the Rosemont Theatre, there are seven showtimes to choose from. The show will be held from March 14 to March 16, with afternoon or evening showtimes of 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Characters from “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” will be highlighted, as well as a pre-show featuring “Doc McStuffins.” Tickets range from $26 to $358, depending on the zone and package. Discounted ticket prices are available for families of four or more and the collaboration of both male and female characters offer a great activity for families seeking to please all.
Chicago Kids Company
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655
Dates: Now through April 11, 2014
The Chicago Kids Company is holding a live performance of the classic fairy tale, “Sleeping Beauty.” The show will be held from January 29 to April 11, 2014. This is a musical that encourages the audience to laugh, clap and sing along with the characters. A single ticket is priced at $12 but there are discounted prices for those going in a group. While you may not feel your child is quite ready to sit through a performance held at the the Lyric Opera of Chicago, this is a great way to get your child to appreciate the art of live performance without worrying about whether or not they will be loud during the show.
1100 National Parkway
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Unlike other bouncy house venues or tumble classes, FireZone offers a way to educate through imaginative play. The themed venue features real firefighters, fire engines and activity stations to keep the kids enthralled in their environment. The best way to experience FireZone is through one of the drop-in events, which are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m during the school year. For spring break, there will be drop-in events on March 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children under one are free, children between one and nine are $9, adults are free with each purchased child ticket and each additional adult is only $4.
Sleepover Safari at Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st. St.
Brookfield, IL 60513
Date: March 14 and 28, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
This event is geared towards families with children six years of age and older. It offers an experience at the zoo like none other, with an in-depth look of the inner workings of the facility and the relationship with its animals. The price of $60 for members and $70 for non-members includes food, parking and admission. There will be craft activities, an ice cream social, breakfast buffet, hikes and visits to animal exhibits. This event will be held March 14 and March 28 from 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Flying High Sports & Rec Center
5400 East Ave.
Countryside, IL 60525
Every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. from September to May, there is an all-ages open gym. The facility features a 30,000-square-foot state-of-the-art venue to help your child work out all of that excess energy. This is an indoor facility that features padded flooring throughout, matted walls, trampolines, a tumble track and even foam pits to practice more skilled activities in gymnastics. The Inflatable Open Gym for all ages is $8 for members and $10 for non-members, while the Little Tykes Time is geared towards children in Kindergarten or younger with a price of only $5 per child.
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