Keeping Students Busy During Spring Break 

Chicago to offer free, family-friendly activities throughout the city

April 02, 2015

Spring Break runs from April 6-10 for all CPS students, but their learning can continue with the many fun activities offered throughout Chicago.

Virtual Opportunities:

Argonne Laboratory Playlist
Female High School Students: Complete challenges to unlock a ticket to the
Science Careers in Search of Women Conference, which will demonstrate what can be accomplished through a love of science. Visit

CPS Connects Playlist
CPS students can create a video, slideshow or podcast for a chance to tour the Cinescape Chicago Film Studios. Visit

In-Person Activities

Safe Haven: Spring Break 2015
On April 6-10, from 10am-2pm, students will be engaged in fun activities and receive free breakfast and lunch. For more information on Safe Haven, including a list of spring break locations, contact the CPS Office of Faith Based Initiatives at (773) 553-2500 or visit

Chicago Public Libraries
A list of free activities, workshops and events for all ages across Chicago Public Library locations is available here:

Peggy Notebart Nature Museum
A list of scheduled activities, as well as information on the museum’s spring break camp, is available here:

Garfield Park Conservatory
Explore a variety of free activities for families:

Spring break camps, open gym time and similar opportunities are available at local YMCA locations:

Spring Break #Spacecation at The Adler Planetarium
March 21-April 12

Swing into Spring at Navy Pier
April 1-12, 11am-4pm

Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier
Target Free Family Nights:

 Thursday evenings, 5pm-8pm (FREE admission for all) and First Sunday of every month (FREE admission all day for ages 15 and under).

Artist’s Studio at The Art Institute of Chicago
April 4, 5, 11 and 12, 11am-2pm (FREE)

Digital Divas Spring Break Club at DePaul University - Loop Campus
April 6-10th, 9am-5pm
FREE for 6th-grade girls
To register and for more information, email or visit

Teen Workshop Spring Break 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Art
April 7-9, 12pm–4pm
FREE for high school students

Registration required at

Teen Learning Lab at Shedd Aquarium
April 7 and 9, 2pm-8pm / April 11, 10am-2pm
FREE for high school students

Chicago Park District - Roller Skating Party at Union Park
April 9, 3pm-5pm

1501 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60607 
Ages: 13-17 (FREE)

Free Family Day at The Chicago History Museum
April 11

Family Day Lost and Found at The Museum of Contemporary Art
April 11, 11am-3pm
FREE for families with children 12 and under. Activities are appropriate for all ages

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