Make a break for it - close to home

A spring break staycation may be just the way to play this year, enjoying a less crowded, more relaxed local vibe. Your favorite community spots also have special programs especially for kiddos.

The Hinsdale Public Library, 20 E. Maple St., always has a slate of fun activities during spring break week. To register or for more information on the following programs, visit or call (630) 986-1976.

• Youth in grades three through five will learn to make sweet and savory snacks in Kids Can Cook from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, March 25

• Older kids can flex their gaming skills — in both virtual and classic board game mode — at Teen Game Time from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 29.

• Science and art come together for STEAM Saturday for kids in kindergarten through second grade from 10 to 11 a.m. March 30.

The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., is hosting several multi-day camps during the week. Visit or (630) 323-7500 to learn more or sign up. Hinsdale residents can receive member pricing for the athletic camps.

• Spring Break Camp for ages 5-13 runs daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 25-29, featuring different fun activities and a field trip Wednesday, March 27. Sign up for a day or the entire week; extended hours are available from 3:30 to 6 p.m. for an additional fee.

The following are co-ops with the village of Hinsdale

• Young baseball and softball hopefuls can hone their skills at Pitcher, Catcher & Infielder Skills Camp from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 25-28. Infield and outfield players, pitchers and catchers will receive position-specific coaching.

• Spring Break Pee Wee Soccer ’N’ T-Ball Camp from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 25-28 will teach ages 3-6 the basics of both sports along with how be a good teammate and sportsmanship so everyone has fun.

• Soccer Camp for ages 6-10 from 1 to 3 p.m. March 25-28 will impart soccer fundamentals through fun games, competitions and challenging skill-building activities.

• Skyhawks Basketball Camp for ages 7-12 runs from 3 to 5 p.m. March 25-29 and will help develop fundamental offensive skills and defensive concepts through individual and team drills as well as game situations.

From March 25-29, the Hinsdale Humane Society, 21 Salt Creek Lane, is offering Critter Camp for ages 6-9 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and Animal Advocates Camp for ages 10-12 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Visit or call (630) 323-5630.

The whole family can soak in the new season outdoors at Fishing: Trout Fishing for Kids from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30, at Wood Dale Grove, 895 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale. The fishing is only for ages 15 and younger, with an adult present, but older family members can attend. Bait is provided. Visit or call (630) 933-7668.

Across the county line at Camp Bullfrog Lake, 9600 Wolf Road in Willow Springs, the workshop Camping 101 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, will cover basic camping skills for the next family excursion. Visit or call (708) 771-1573.

Have fun!