Have you been enjoying this spring? With the new spring season, I’m glad to start getting out and exploring (whenever the weather starts cooperating!) And as you may know, I am a huge list-lover. (Hello, I put together this list of more than 100 things to do in the northwest suburbs of Chicago!) So I thought it was totally appropriate to put together another list but this time for spring. Don’t forget to bookmark this page as I’ll keep adding more things to do.
Here are spring activities to keep you busy – at home!
*updated for 2022
- Tip toe through the tulips. Visit Richardson’s Farm for their second annual tulip fest. We absolutely loved it last year. New this year is the Midwest Tulip Fest at Kuiper’s Farm. For another fun tulip photo op, head to the resident home, Flowers on Fargo in Geneva.
- Choo Choo! Head on over to Lamb’s Farm to celebrate Model Train Day. Afterward, go on the train and chug around the lake. (April 30, Libertyville)
- Travel back to the Ice Age at Brookfield Zoo. Their Ice Age Giants exhibit showcases more than 30 animatronic recreation of these giants! (Now until October 30)
- Explore more Elmhurst museums on Elmhurst Museum Day. Stop by the Elmhurst History Museum and Elmhurst Art Museum. Admission is free, plus they have special activities. We went a few years back and had a blast! (May 15)
- Grab some fresh fruits and veggies. Those farmer’s markets are starting to open. Our favorite farmer’s market, Woodstock Farmer’s Market, opens on April 23! Read about our experience here.
- Get a head start and check off those parks on your list. Don’t miss Diecke Park’s Discovery Zone for non-muddy fun. Bison’s Bluff in Schaumburg is always tons of fun, too.
- Have the next American Ninja Warrior? Try Dellwood Park in Homer Glen, Meinecke Park in Schaumburg, or South Ridge Park in Hoffman Estates.
- Love trains? Chug on over to the Illinois Railway Museum.
- Explore the forests at Peggy Notebaert Museum. Climb inside an indoor treehouse and discover who’s living in trees with special viewfinders, tracking clues, natural artifacts and sound. (Now until June 2)
- Rainy day? No worries, buzz on over to the BumbleBee Play Cafe (Elgin) for indoor playground fun!
- Hike! After a winter mostly stuck indoors, it’s time to take it outside! Some of our favorites include Glacial Park
- Nature centers. Many of our forest preserves have nature centers with animals and activities for kids to do.
- Relax in the comfort of your own car at a drive-in movie theater. We love Golden Age Cinemas in McHenry.
- Ever wanted to see a windmill? How about a Japanese Garden? We have Fabyan Windmill and Japanese Garden has been on our list for ages. Opens May 6. (Geneva)
- Release a butterfly. Take part in a Butterfly Release Party at Peck Farm Park in Geneva. You’ll get to release a butterfly, make a butterfly craft, eat a butterfly snack, and go on a butterfly hike. Sounds like a blast!
- Obsessed with cherry blossoms? Head to Jackson Park to take advantage of its full beauty.
- Plant flowers. We plan on making a butterfly garden.
- Plant a fairy garden. It can be as simple as a few rocks in a container with grass or something cool and elaborate like My Fairy Garden Nature Cottage.
- Paint rocks. Feel free to add it to your butterfly garden.
- Say hello to your favorite animals at Randall Oaks Zoo. They open April 4th.
- Celebrate trees on Arbor Day! This year it is on April 26th. There’s no better place to celebrate trees than at the Morton Arboretum with workshops, storytime, and more. Their award-winning Children’s Garden rocks!
- Spring has sprung and I can’t think of a better place to view pretty flowers than the Chicago Botanic Garden.
- Walk around downtown. I love walking around small town downtowns. There are cute boutiques, places to eat, and even toy stores! Need an idea? How about walking around Woodstock Square in Woodstock?
- Scope out new libraries. You know we love our libraries. (Read this list of our favorites in the Northwest suburbs.) Plus, you’ll love the new changes at the Algonquin Area Library with a bigger and better play area.
- Batter up! Spring = baseball. Head to a major league or minor league game, and cheer for the home team. Check out this list of possibilities. We had a blast cheering the Chicago Dogs at Rosemont.
- Alpaca time! Meet friendly alpacas at Magic Meadows Alpacas or Safehouse Alpacas.
- Watch trains chug through at the DuPage County Historical Museum on the third and fifth Saturday of each month.
- Try to visit as many museums or attractions as we can with the KDRMA program, Passport to Adventure. Their passport comes out in May, and is a great way to find hidden gems around Kane County.
- Spring cleaning. That means decluttering and cleaning the house. Donate your items or make a few bucks by selling them at a consignment store. I totally love Double Take Consignment in Crystal Lake. They moved down the street into a larger location and it’s oh-so-cute! Read about it here.
- Try to visit as many museums as we can with the Museum Adventure Pass.
- Try to visit as many museums as we can with our ASTC Membership (which we LOVE!) We get free reciprocal membership to science museums around the nation. It’s great for a road-tripping family like ours.
- Get out of town! Spring is the perfect time to visit destinations around the area since it won’t be too crowded. We love Indy, Milwaukee, and Lake Geneva. In fact, we just came back from Lake Geneva. Read about it here.
- Follow the yellow brick road to Gail Borden Library in Elgin. The library will host “The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit” with movie memorabilia, books, and even replica ruby slippers.