Thank you to all our readers who voted to help create our second annual list of best indoor playgrounds! You would not believe how much has changed in a year. New places have been added and others have left, but the top 3 remain the same.
If you would like even more indoor play places to choose from, check out our guides for Indoor Play Areas in the Suburbs, which includes all of the locations, contact information, pricing, and more.
The 10 Best Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces of 2020
Drumroll, please! The top-rated indoor play space in Chicago’s suburbs is . . .
KidStreet PlayCenter at Grounds for Hope Cafe
2701 Maple Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532
KidStreet has a bunch of different play areas for various ages, from a three-level PlayHouse play structure to the WonderHouse room (with a door!) for babies and toddlers under 2. It’s based within Trinity Church’s Green Trails location, so it feels much cozier than some of the big play facilities . . . though it’s plenty big!
Parents will appreciate the Grounds for Hope Cafe, with coffee and food, right across the lobby (you can pack a lunch or bring your coffee in, too). There are places for parents to sit and chat in every room, too. The staff offers daily activities (usually at 10:30am and 1:00pm) that are free with your admission, such as music, crafts, or a STEM activity.
You’ll find KidStreet inside Trinity Church’s Green Trails location. Look for the Trinity sign off of Maple.
$9/child (under one is free) or $80/6-month pass for up to 3 siblings, $130/annual pass for up to 3 siblings.
Ball Factory Indoor Play & Cafe
Naperville, IL 60540
Kids can clamber over obstacles in the four-level play structure, then slip down the giant slides and run to the ball blaster arena, build a creation out of giant foam shapes, or hop on pedal tractors to get some work done. Ball Factory is big, with a ton of things to do! There’s also a gated area for younger kids with padded mats and soft play shapes.
You can grab coffee, a snack, or a meal from the cafe (outside food is not allowed). Ball Factory also has free Wi-Fi and comfy couches where grown-ups can relax.
$12.95/child on weekdays and $15.95/child on weekends
Park District of La Grange Indoor Playground
536 East Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
Too cold or rainy for the park? Head to La Grange Park District’s indoor playground and enjoy the playground experience indoors. Also check the website for Toddler Playtime Gym hours, when one court is set up with ride-on toys, tunnels and more for a small additional fee.
$3/child (resident), $4/child (non-resident), memberships available
Playroom Cafe Two
2075 Calamos Court
Naperville, IL 60563
Kids can have a blast on the wooden play structure, in the ball pit, or the pretend play areas. There is also a special area dedicated for babies. Parents aren’t left out, either. They can enjoy coffee, smoothies, and snacks at the cafe, then relax on comfy couches. Good sight-lines make supervision easier. For more, check out Katie’s review of Playroom Cafe Two! Please note that children over 6 years old or 48″ tall are not permitted on the playground.
$12/child, $10/sibling, $8/baby 6-12 months weekdays, $15/child, $12/sibling, $10/baby weekends
1955 Glacier Park Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
Urban air is an attraction park with kid-friendly family fun. While Urban Air starts being fun for kids around 3 years old, the 5-and-under pass is perfect for littles wanting to explore the trampolines and a few other small attractions. Bigger kids can drive Go-Karts, crash bumper cars, tackle the ropes course, try the Warrior Course, and more. There is no shortage of things to do, so be prepared to stay for a long time!
$15.99/basic attractions, $8.99/5 & Under, $5.99/parent pass, with more passes available. Must purchase $2.50 socks at first visit
25 South La Grange Road, Unit A
LaGrange, IL 60525
A bright, airy, and beautiful play area designed for children 5 and under with a special designated area for crawlers. Parents and children are required to wear only socks, so come prepared! Weekend hours for the play area vary due to parties, so make sure to check their Facebook page or call to stay up-to-date on weekend times.
$12/1st child, $10/2nd child, $8/additional children, $6/baby 3 months – 1 year
Naperville Yard Playroom
1607 Legacy Circle
Naperville, IL 60563
Naperville Yard is a great place for kids to get some energy out through active play. They’ve got a giant Playtower, inflatables to jump on, and indoor fields where kids can play, as well as toys to keep younger siblings entertained.
$8/person – open Monday through Friday only 10 am – 3 pm
DuPage Children’s Museum
301 N Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540
DuPage Children’s Museum has 17,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, creative play spaces, and curiosity-sparking activities. It’s got great repeat visit value because it’s pretty impossible to really explore the whole thing in one go! Plus, traveling exhibits often stop by to mix things up.
The basement level is home to Bean Sprouts Cafe, a healthy, kid-focused spot with adorable meals your kids would Instagram if four-year-olds had Instagram.
Moms of young ones will love the museum’s multiple baby/toddler play areas on each floor, as well as the private nursing rooms. There’s a wide range of activities for all ages, including older grade-school kids, such as building with real tools, playing with water and air, and standing in your own giant bubble (which, honestly, never gets old).
$13/person (including adults), kids under 1 are free, $10 for seniors. Memberships available.
4314 E New York Street
Aurora, IL 60504
Kiddy Club has a giant sand pit that brings the beach indoors. The entire place is designed to let kids play indoors the way they’d play outdoors. The space includes ball pits, slides and soft, climbable play structures with a separate area for infants and toddlers.
$12/child Tuesday–Thursday, $14/child Friday–Sunday; siblings get a $2 discount every day.
Yu Kids Island
5 Woodfield Mall
Schaumburg, IL 60173
What more do you need? A pillow pool, waterfall slide, dancing balloons, spinning palm balls kids can swing on, and a revolving tube that turns them upside-down are perfect for your tiny visitor. Fenced-in play areas for babies and toddlers make it easier to keep an eye on little ones, too. Please note that the play area is for children under 48″ tall.
$12/child, $11/each additional sibling (Monday through Thursday),
$15/child, $14/each additional sibling (Friday through Sunday).
A big congratulations to all of these top-voted play spaces! If you check a new spot out, let us know what you thought in the comments.