Save gas with spring break ideas close to home

You don’t need to venture far for spring break fun. Attractions are plentiful in Hinsdale and neighboring towns for amusement and enrichment. Here are a few to check out.

Stop by the library

The library is offer a spring break scavenger hunt from Monday to Friday of spring break. Find the hidden pictures, solve the puzzle and win a prize.

Read a story in March and April while strolling in the Youth Services Department to receive a special prize.

Enjoy virtual programs from the comfort of home, with Chinese nursery rhymes from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, An Evening with Jenny Lawson from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, storytime from 10 to 10:30 a.m. March 31.

You can also create a fluffy spring bunny, enter the Hinsdale art contest, participate in the HPL Chopped Challenge, celebrate National Poetry Month and read to the dogs.

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Sign up for camp

The Community House is offering a host of break camps for kids of all ages next week — Spring Break Camp, Chicago Elite Volleyball Spring Break Camp, Little Medics, Little Medics: Little Veterinarian School Dog 1, Pee Wee Soccer Camp and more. Visit for times, pricing and other information.

Something for all

The Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Department is offering Jedi Engineering, Code Your Own Arcade from Scratch, Minecraft Designing Modifications, Yoga/Cheer, Yoga/Hip Hop and Breakdance camps. Visit for more information.

Soak up some history

View memorabilia and images from the horrific attack that launched the U.S. into World War II at the Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Exhibit at the Hinsdale History Museum. House are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Visit for details.

Spend time outdoors

Stop by one of the village’s 18 parks (from the .15-acre Oak Street Bridge Park to the 52-acres Katherine Legge Memorial Park), bike the almost 10-mile path that winds past many of those parks or grab some friends for a game of tennis, pickleball or platform tennis (depending on the weather).

Weather too crummy? Sign up for the April 8 Guided Nature and Tree Tours focusing on spring blossoms at KLM so you’ll have something to look forward to. Register for the free program at

Take a culinary tour

With a dozen sit-down restaurants, two bakeries and a host of stores and shops to pick up everything from fresh-ground coffee to ready-made meals to take-and-bake pizza to fruit salad, spring break is the perfect time to take a break from cooking and enjoy all the delicious dishes available right here in Hinsdale.

Enjoy natural art

Celebrate people’s creative talents through the nature art exhibit “Hidden Creativity: Nature Through the Eye of Forest Preserve District Staff and Volunteers” just up the road at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Meet the artists at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. April 11. Admission is free. Visit for more information.