The weather everywhere has been atrocious, but in Chicago we are used to it, and try to have a supply of fun winter activities for kids ready to go at any given moment. The polar vortex roared through last year, this year we have Arctic air, and who knows what the rest of winter holds. It’s hard to believe the first day of spring is less than a month away. In Chicago it will take longer than that for the ground to thaw. As locals know, it is important to have plenty of activities at your disposal to entertain the kids on “snow days”, “cold days”, and good old school holidays. Here are some of our favorite fun winter activities for kids in Chicago.
Chicago is a perfect city for museum hopping in the winter. Kids and adults alike will not be disappointed with the variety of choices available. Our favorites include: Museum of Science and Industry, The Field Museum, The Art Institute, Kohl Children’s Museum, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and the Children’s Museum at Navy Pier.
*Several museums participate in Illinois Resident Discount Days, with free or discounted admission with proof of residency. Check the websites of the museums for more information. Also if you have a Bank of America Credit or Debit Card you can use it to gain free entrance to over 150 museums the first weekend of every month. Participating museums can be found here: Bank of America: Museums on Us.