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Updated! Plan a spring break staycation in Naperville


‘Tis the season to discover many activities and amusements your hometown has to offer during spring vacation, March 25-29. Invite friends and family to Naperville. Book rooms at one of the Naperville hotels and treat your family to service and the many amenities offered for a relaxing staycation.

Buddy up and venture along the trails in Knoch Knolls Park. See the deer and other native wildlife. Find bluebells, daffodils and other wildflowers in the woods. Turn off electronic devices. Look, listen and learn in one of the city’s most beautiful natural settings along the DuPage River. (PN Photo)

Take a day to discover the great outdoors by visiting a variety of local parks all in the same day or two or three.

Enjoy watching wonders on wheels where youngsters show their skills at the new skate park near Centennial Beach. (PN Photo)

Visit the new skate park near Centennial Beach and watch the talented athletes use the new facility with action on wheels.

Surprise! Deer, beavers, muskrats, waterfowl and a wide variety of birds are likely to greet visitors to Sindt Woods along the Riverwalk. (PN Photo)

Stroll the Riverwalk. Venture into Sindt Woods to see winter wildflowers.

On March 27, 2024 / Eat a sub, help a charity

Wondering what to eat while helping others? Head to Jersey Mike’s Subs on Wed., March 27, and grab a sub from 10AM to 9PM at one of three Jersey Mike’s locations in Naperville. That’s when 100 percent of every purchase—whether in-store, online or through the app—will go to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago with Chicago Blackhawks Foundation.

Look for a promotional cutout of Tommy Hawk, the official mascot for the Chicago Blackhawks, at the Naperville Jersey Mike’s near you. This PN photo was taken at 2555 W. 75th St.

If sunny weather is hard to find…

Check out what’s playing at local movie theaters, Hollywood Palms Cinema or AMC Naperville 16.

Go bowling. Try Whirlyball. Flip for trampoline parks.

Join the racquet craze at an indoor facility near you!

Sign up to play a racket sport at one of two new venues with pickleball courts in Fox River Commons, located along Route 59 at Ogden. Check out The PICKLR and Club PlayNThrive. Club PlayNThrive offers courts for badminton, volleyball and cricket as well as pickleball. 

Try getting out of an escape room…

Discover escape rooms such as RiddleBox Escape Room or Hidden Key. Get a group to play a life-size adventure game in which players are locked in a room, challenged to solve riddles and puzzles to find clues in order to escape within the time limit. Unlock great fun and teamwork for all ages.

Plan a Century Walk tour with new guide

With 88 pages of info and photos as well as a pull-out map with 50 locations, the new Century Walk Public Art Guide is certain to enhance your tour throughout downtown Naperville and the community. (PN Photo)

Take a Century Walk Tour and discover more than 50 works of public art. The newly published Century Walk Public Art Guide is free of charge and available at Hotel Indigo on Water Street and upstairs at the Naperville Visitors Bureau in the River District. Also find or ask for copies at the Municipal Center, Nichols Library and Naper Settlement.

On March 29, 2024 / Observe National Vietnam Veterans ‘Veterans Day’ in Veterans Park / Visit Gold Star Family Memorial Monument, 303 E. Gartner Road

Fifty-one years ago, United States Armed Forces officially left Vietnam on March 29, 1973. A 30-minute service in Veterans Park is planned at 10:30AM to pay tribute to all who bravely served in Vietnam and to 58,220 U.S. military fatal casualties, including 11 from Naperville, Illinois. The ceremony will be graced with music by the Chorus of DuPage as well as bagpiper Tom Brown. Buglers will play “Echo Taps,” followed by a rifle volley from the combined Honor Guard of the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3863 and American Legion Post 43. The community is invited to the observance.

For local info to link up with things to do, visit www.dinenaperville.com, www.visitnaperville.com, www.napersettlement.org or www.positivelynaperville.com.

Consider additional ideas for a spring staycation in Naperville

Wrap up spring break during a memorable Easter Brunch

Dine Naperville includes more than two dozen local eateries with choices for special Easter brunches, etc. As has been tradition, weather permitting, Meson Sabika also includes an Easter Egg Hunt!

Updated, March 25, 2024. Last Updated, March 27, 2024.

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