Spring has sprung! Finally, you can get the kids out of the house to have some fun. But the best things to do with kids in spring don't just revolve around toy stores, playgrounds in Chicago and free museum days (though those are great, too). A ton of other activities are at your family's fingertips this season. Check out our guide to all of the best things to do, now through June.
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Best things to do with kids this spring
Every day at 1pm, workers at the museum treat kids and adults to a live feeding of the resident critters. Hands-on interactive displays on marsh and river ecosystems engage kids at this Lincoln Park museum, while the thousand fluttering beauties of the 2,700-square-foot Judy Istock Butterfly Haven appeal to all ages.
Bring the little ones to Garfield Park Conservatory every Wednesday evening, year-round, for a chance to get up close and personal with the natural world. Starting in May, everyone gets their hands dirty outdoors in the Play and Grow Garden. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least one adult per five children).
Grab your bikes and give the kids a whole new look at Lake Shore Drive. This annual ride shuts down the busy street to cars and allows bikes to hit the pavement. Participants can bike from Bryn Mawr Avenue to the Museum of Science industry (and back) during the five hours of car-free riding. Registration for youth participants under 17 is $17, and kids in trailers ride for free.