SPRING BREAK ON A BUDGET, CHICAGO STYLE
Well, it’s spring break time! It seems everyone around me has already had their break, but this year’s spring break is late for my daughters. This is a time where I must be creative. As a single mother, one of the biggest challenges is having enough disposable income. There are just not enough coins to go around for vacation, music lessons, swim lessons, summer camp or just enough money for leisure time.
I sought out the best things to do around town for spring break 2019 that won’t break the bank. Here’s my list:
- TAKE A TRAIN RIDE TO MAGGIE DALEY PARK
This is one of my family’s favorite places to visit especially in the summer. They have stuff for all ages: Wall climbing, roller blades or scooter, and mini golf. And then when they are all wiped out, head on over to get some food at Rink Café. Who doesn’t like a Chicago style hotdog?
- CATCH A FLICK
Tickets for a movie would normally cost my family of three $36.50 and that’s before you even purchase snacks. On Tuesdays at Marcus Theaters, movies are $5. That’s a whopping $21.00 savings! And that includes newly released movies. AMC Theatre also offers $5 Tuesdays for members.
- TAKE YOUR KIDS OUT TO EAT FOR FREE
How come no one told me about this? There are places throughout the Chicagoland area where your kids can eat for free. Click here.
- HEAD TO THE ZOO
Hanging out at the zoo is always cool and it’s educational. Lincoln Park Zoo always has free admission. They have a schedule of fun programs that you can check out and then plan a head. In the suburbs, Brookfield Zoo is a great option. Groupon now has a deal but limited time remaining!
- GO MUSEUM HOPPING
Head to the Chicago Botanical Museum or Legoland Discovery Center. Visit your local library and snag a museum adventure pass to receive admission or a special discount at participating Chicago area destinations.
- VISIT A TOY STORE
I asked my little one what were some things she wanted to do on break and she simply said go to the toy store. You could go to a toy store that you would not normally go to and explore Chicago!
- GO ON A TOUR
If you are a person who enjoys history (like me) take advantage of Chicago free tour options from Chicago Walking Tours and learn something new about our great city.