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The end of March is a magical time for kids. The snow is melting and that wonderful week known as Spring Break arrives. While some families get out of dodge, many opt to stay local and have a Staycation. I stopped by Good Day Chicago this morning to chat with Jon Kelley about hotels with family fabulous Spring Break programs right here Sweet Home Chicago.

Here are my best bets:



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Lil’ James Family Adventurer Package
WELCOME GIFT: Amenity from Seedling like “Design Your Own Yoyo,” “Colour the Earth,” “Illuminate The Night,” “Pocket Box of Party Tricks,” and “Box Kite.”
ACTIVITIES: FREE tickets to the Chicago Children’s Museum and access to the family amenity program.
• Books
• Classic board games
• Nintendo Wiis
• Milk & cookies turndown
• Paul Frank bikes and helmets
• Cribs car seats
• Kid-friendly bath tubs for small travelers up to 24 months
TURNDOWN TREAT: Milk & Cookies
KID MENU: Thin “Burker” and Kobe Corn Dog at David Burke Prime House

The Chicago Children’s Museum Package
Available through December 31, 2015
ACTIVITIES: Four tickets (two adults and two children) to Chicago Children’s Museum with a special amenity, in-room movie, and a scavenger hunt activity book.
FOOD: In-room amenity like milk and cookies for kids, adult milkshakes for grown-ups.
• Toys
• Books
• iPads
• Games
• Music download card for teens

Little Buddha Package
Available Friday – Sunday, March 20 through April 5
WELCOME GIFT: Bottled water and snacks + Kid yoga mat
• Kids yoga classes (ages 4-10)
• Indoor pool
• Guppy Love Program allows kids to have gold fish in room during stay

RITZ CARLTON: Spring Break Experience
From March 27 to April 12, families can enjoy additional activities, on a complimentary basis.
WELCOME GIFT: Greeted with a red wagon of toys. Children can pick a toy.
• Games on new half basketball court
• Video games
• Toys and treats
• Pizza + cookie-making classes
• Magic shows
• Kids fitness classes
• Pillow case decorating