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!

Happy Spring!

*updated for 2024

  • Tip toe through the tulips.  Visit Richardson’s Farm for their breathtaking tulip fest. We absolutely loved it last year.  We also adore the Midwest Tulip Fest at Kuiper’s Farm. For another fun tulip photo op, head to the resident home, Flowers on Fargo in Geneva.

  • Want more flower ideas? Lilacia Park in Lombard hosts the Lilac festival from May 4- May 19.
  • 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)
  • Say hello to the animals at Brookfield Zoo. While here ride the 130-foot-tall Anniversary Ferris Wheel in celebration of the Zoo’s 90th year. Starting March 22, see the dolphins in their newly renovated home at Seven Seas.
  • 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.

Family fun at Woodstock Farmer's Market with Storytime.

  • 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.  (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 March 23rd.
  • Celebrate trees on Arbor Day! This year it is on Friday, April 26th. There’s no better place to celebrate trees than at the Morton Arboretum. 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.
  • 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.
What’s on your Spring Bucket List? What would you add?