Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center

If you are looking to try a new place with your kids, Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center is a fun and unique place to take children 9 and under! It is about a 45 minute drive from most southwest suburbs of Chicago. The adventure out to Lake Station, Indiana can be a whole day trip, or squeezed into a half day, but I don’t reccommend shortening the day any further. There is tons to do and you will not want to rush or miss out on any of the fun and imaginative play that takes place at Bellaboo’s Indiana. Keep scrolling for Bellaboo’s pictures and more info!

Features of Bellaboos

I brought my 2 and 4 year old daughters on a winter break morning and stayed for about 4 hours. Bellaboo’s is a huge facility and though more crowded than usual (according to staff), it never felt cramped or too busy. My kids were able to move about freely without having to wait for activities or toys. Bellaboo’s has a bunch of rooms that branch off from the main lobby, making it very easy to keep track of your kids as they move about from room to room.

Each room has a different theme or activity. My kids were most interested in the child-sized supermarket, pizza parlor, veterinarian office, and tubes with ball pit. Other rooms include: a construction zone, an art studio, dress up, water tables, and more.

2019 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

There is also a large indoor play structure for kids to slide and climb.

Children DIY Cooking Kitchen

If you are able to, I highly recommend checking out the children’s do-it-yourself cooking kitchen. Each day has specific times when the kitchen is seated. Each session sits approximately 28 children. If it is a crowded day, you will need to line up about 10-15 minutes in advance. The particular day we visited Bellaboo’s, the facility was extremely busy and the staff ran extra times to accommodate all the kids who wanted to participate. The kitchen offers alternative recipes for children with allergies.

Where to Eat

Bellaboo’s Indiana offers a small cafe with a nice lunch menu for families. The food was reasonably priced and looked well-made. There is plenty of seating in the main lobby for families to eat and take a break from all the activities. We did not stay and eat on this visit, but plan to in the future.

Going to Bellaboo’s was really a great day for our family. We will definitely go back in the future. The facility was extremely well maintained and very reasonably priced for the amount of activity packed into the building. Families with young kids will appreciate this place and all it has to offer!

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: September 20-22

Bellaboo’s Groupons

Currently there aren’t any Bellaboo’s Groupons, but we will add it if one becomes available!

Directions to Bellaboo’s Indiana

From the southwest suburbs of Chicago, take 294 South to 80 East. Get off at Exit 13: Central Avenue. Bellaboo’s is right off 80 East. Take a left on Central Avenue, left on Colorado Street, right on 28th Avenue and you will see Bellaboo’s straight ahead

2800 Colorado Street
Lake Station, IN 46405
(219) 963-2070

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About the Author

Jill Kowalski
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life.

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