Things to Do and Places to Go for All Ages, from Babies to Teenagers: Activities by Age


With so many amazing things to do with kids in Chicagoland, how do you find the best places for each age group? And how can you avoid showing up with your kids in tow, only to find that the activities aren’t exactly ideal for their ages? We’re here to help!

We’ve put together Activities by Age with recommendations for kids with all kinds of interests depending on their age and stage in life. We hope these guides help you plan memorable outings and time together with your kids, no matter how old they are.

Places to Go with a Baby or Toddler (Ages 0-2)

When you have little ones, it can be difficult to know what to do and where to go on a daily basis so both of you don’t go stir crazy! The variety of ideas in this list will have you and your baby or toddler seeing animals, climbing play structures, listening to story time or dancing to music. Click here for Places to Go with a Baby or Toddler (Ages 0-2).

Places to Go with Preschoolers and Kindergarteners (Ages 3-5)

Child looking with interest at a tube of glowing liquid at the Wonder Works Children's Musuem.

From potty training to preschool, our little people have a lot going on. Luckily for us and our kids, Chicago and its suburbs are bursting with things to do with 3–5 year olds. Click here for Places to Go with Preschoolers and Kindergarteners (Ages 3–5).

Places to Go with Elementary School Kids (Ages 6-8)

Celebrate the new independence of your younger elementary-aged children by trying out places that may have felt intimidating before. These top activities are perfect for them as they transition into big-kid fun! Click here for Places to Go with Elementary School Kids (Ages 6-8).

Places to Go with Teens and Tweens (Ages 9+)

mom and daughters sitting in their theater seats, holding up their playbills for School of Rock at Paramount Theatre in Aurora

Kids eventually hit a stage where they are “too old” for many of the places that you have frequented regularly to keep them entertained. Check out our list for every type of tween out there, from outdoor adventures to the arts. Get our list of fun for teens and tweens in Chicagoland that is sure to make them excited to hang out and have a good time. Click here for Unique Experiences for Teens and Tweens (Ages 9+).

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