Spring Break: Low Cost to No Cost Ideas for Parents

Fellow Parents,

Cue up child’s whiny voice: “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do!” Sound familiar? It’s the mantra of every child in every household now on spring break.

We’re writing this blog from Chicagoland, so here are some Chicago-centric, cost-effective spring break ideas for your kids:

Lincoln Park Zoo - Always free.

Peggy Notebaert Nature MuseumFree on Thursdays.

Loyola University Museum of Art - Free on Tuesdays.

The Oriental Institute (Hyde Park) - Always free.

Museum of Contemporary Art  (Streeterville)- Free on Tuesdays for Illinois residents.

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (Evanston) – Always free.

Chicago’s Legoland Discovery Center – If you already have a pass to Legoland, you can renew it online for a limited time for just $25. They are also offering $5 off on a family meal deal.¬†Click here for more information.

The Art Institute of Chicago - Free the 1st and 2nd Wednesday of every month for Illinois residents.

Brookfield ZooALWAYS free for military personnel.

The Chicago Children’s Museum (Lincoln Park) - It’s free the first Sunday of every month for children 15 and under, as well as every Thursday night from 5-8 p.m. for all ages.

The DuSable Museum of African American History (Hyde Park) РFree on  Sundays.

For more free things to do and take advantage of in Chicago, check out this site: http://chicagofree.info/

The International Museum of Surgical Science (Gold Coast Neighborhood)The first two floors are free on Tuesdays.

Santa’s Village Azoosment Park (East Dundee, IL) – Family season passes reduced until May 12th – for a family of 4, they pay for themselves in under 3 visits.

And don’t forget, for those LONG road trips, check out the many videos we offer at Marshall Publishing, Inc. to keep your kids educated and entertained!

Thanks for reading. More to come!

The Marshall Publishing Team of Parent Bloggers

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