Indoor Activities

Whether it’s too hot, too cold, rainy, or just you just feel like spending some time indoors, you will find all of the ideas you need to plan a fun day! Scroll through all of these indoor activities and see what peaks your interest, then click on the category heading and you will be taken to a full list of local options. We have all the details about locations! Many have photographs and more information to help you decide where to go and what your kids will be interested in depending on their age and interests.

All of these lists were made by local moms for local parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Do you have an idea for a topic that hasn’t been covered or a spot that you’ve been enjoying? Comment below and let us know!

If you are looking for other resources, visit our Resources for Families page, buy half-price tickets to great local attractions and shows on our Half-Price Ticket page, and peruse our Outdoor Activities page.

Splash into Indoor Pools with Family Swim Times for Any Season
Swim year-round at indoor pools with open swim times! Addison, Aurora, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Wheaton, Western Springs, and more.

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: February 21–23
We did the work so you don't have to! Get the details about all the family-friendly weekend events going on in your community.

Review: The Princess and the Pea at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire
Get a local mom's perspective on the newest show at Marriott Theatre... Princess and the Pea for ages 3-10.

The Winners are Here! 2020’s Top 10 Best Nature Centers in Chicagoland
As voted on by Kidlist readers! We have the scoop on Chicagoland's best nature centers with photographs, locations, and more.

Chicagoland’s Top Kid-Friendly Restaurants You Won’t Want to Miss
Model trains, hula dancers, a stroller valet, and more at these fun, family-friendly restaurants where kids are more than welcome!

Parent-Child Dates: Local Ideas for One-on-One Time with Your Kids
We all know quality time with our kids is priceless, but it can get lost so easily. Put a date on the calendar for an extra-special day!

School’s Closed. What Now? Ideas for a Day Off in the West Suburbs
Looking for fun things to do when school is closed in Chicago's west suburbs? Check out our round-up of kid-friendly places to go and things to do at home.

The Votes Are In: 10 BEST Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces
Find the best indoor play spaces in the Chicagoland suburbs, including Lisle, Alsip, Wheaton, Elgin, and Naperville. Voted by Kidlist readers!

2020 Chinese New Year Celebrations for Kids to Celebrate the Year of the Rat
We rounded up all the family-friendly Chinese New Year celebrations around Chicago to celebrate these rich traditions with your kids.

‘Wake Up, Brother Bear!’ at the Chicago Children’s Theatre is a Play Full of . . . Play!
Wake Up, Brother Bear! at the Chicago Children's Theatre is an joyful, playful, and interactive show for ages 0 to 6.

Review: How People Make Things at the DuPage Children’s Museum
Learn about the newest exhibit at DuPage Children's Museum that will engage your kids through immersive experiences!

Daddy Daughter Dances (and Valentine’s Events) in the West Suburbs
These daddy-daughter dances in the West suburbs give girls memories of a special night with their dad, grandpa, uncle, or other special guy.