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The best spring activities for kids in Chicago

The whole family will enjoy these fun outings and special events that make up the best spring activities for kids

Photograph: Tessa Marshall
Kids and Kites Festival

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 storesplaygrounds 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

Live feedings at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum


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.

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Lincoln Park

Wild Wednesdays at Garfield Park Conservatory

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). 

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Garfield Park Conservatory , East Garfield Park Wednesday May 31 2017 - Wednesday December 20 2017

Bike the Drive


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. 

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Bike the Drive Route , Edgewater Sunday May 28 2017