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The Best Indoor Activities for Kids

A complete list of local indoor activities for kids of all ages. Find great ideas to plan a day full of kid-friendly fun in the western suburbs!

The Biggest, Best Guide to Indoor Play Areas in the Western Suburbs of Chicago

Every year, this is one of our most popular lists — and for good reason! Chicago’s west suburbs are full of indoor playgrounds to explore with your kids.

10 Best Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces

The Best Selection of Kids Birthday Party Places, Entertainment, and Rentals

Places to have a kids birthday party, kids entertainment, party rentals… everything you need to plan an easy and fun kids birthday party!

Local Events for a Special Christmas with Kids

Best Christmas Lights in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Polar Express Train Rides, Holiday Express, Santa Train, and Santa Trolley

How To Make Time at Home Fun for Kids

How to Make a Cardboard Train

Construction Paper Halloween Witch

The Best Deals in the Chicago Suburbs

Kids Eat Free in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Find a restaurant where kids eat free every day of the week on this list, organized by day with details included for each.

Free Museum Days and Other Ways to Receive Free or Discounted Admission

Visit Brookfield Zoo, the Shedd, MSI, and more for free! Check out our guide to find the best values when visiting local attractions.

Museum and Zoo Memberships: Are They Worth It?

Do Brookfield Zoo, downtown museum, and local children’s museum memberships pay off for families? We did the math.

Half-Price Tickets

Find the most current deals for half-price tickets from Kidlist! We have a great selection of shows, events, and attractions to choose from.

Free Ice Cream Bars at Mars

Free Tulip Bulbs, Oak Brook

Local Things to Do with Kids Outside

10 Best Parks and Playgrounds in the West and Southwest Suburbs

The best playgrounds with photographs and descriptions so you can visit some new ones, schedule a playdate, or do a playground tour. Have fun!

6 Best Forest Preserve Trails For Kids

Waterfalls, bridges and nature centers! Forest preserve trails for kids to enjoy, along with ideas, suggestions and highlights of each.

Outdoor Fun for Kids in the Chicago Suburbs

5 Best Nature Centers With Free Admission

New Playground! Owen’s Playground in Downers Grove

Mud-Free Playgrounds in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

The Best Kid-Friendly Summer Activities

Splash Pads in the Western Suburbs of Chicago

What better way to stay cool this summer than at a splash pad or spray park? Explore all the options… and don’t forget the sunscreen!

Summer Festival Guide for Chicago’s West and Southwest Suburbs

Summer Camp Guide for Kids in the Western Suburbs

4th of July Fireworks and Parades

Let’s Go Strawberry Picking!

Find a strawberry picking farm a short ride from the suburbs of Chicago and get some great tips for u-pick strawberries! Picking start dates included.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer

Summer Bucket List: 64+ Local Ideas for the Best Summer Ever

Outdoor Movies in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Pop some popcorn, pack your lawn chairs, and enjoy a beautiful summer evening with outdoor family movies in the western suburbs.

Farmers Markets and French Markets in the Chicago Suburbs

All of the french and farmers markets in Chicago’s west suburbs. Find locations, days, times, and a free printable of markets by day!

Best Seasonal Activities with Kids

Apple Picking: U-Pick Near Chicago

Family-Friendly Halloween Events

Celebrate the season with these family-friendly Halloween events! Decorate pumpkins, watch spooky movies, listen to a storyteller, and more.

The Best Caramel Apple Recipe

My family has tried so many failed recipes over the years. Then we found the best caramel apple recipe ever and it’s absolutely delicious!

Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

Pumpkin Patches + Apple Orchards with Pumpkin Patches Near Chicago

Classes for Kids

We have the scoop on all of the best kids classes and teams near you. Sports, Fine Arts, Brain Power, Classes for Little Kids in one place!

Cooking Classes for Kids

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