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.

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: January 24–26
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.

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Giveaway! Family Open Swim Packs
Enter to win a family open swim pack, equivalent to ten wristbands at the Oak Brook Park District Aquatic Center and Splash Island!

Gyms with Childcare, Stroller Workouts, and More to Keep You Moving in 2020
Plan to meet your fitness goals (and keep your family moving!) with these gyms, classes, and active outings you can do with kids.

6 Reasons Why Summer 2020 is Going to be the Best Summer Yet
Get the inside scoop on all of the amazing new attractions coming to the western suburbs of Chicago and beyond.

Kidlist Family Volunteering Event
We are partnering with Together We Rise to bring you this all ages family volunteering event! We would love for you to join us, February 2020.

All the 2020 Chicago-Area Museum Free Days
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Start 2020 Right with Free January Fun
Kidlist has you covered with all kinds of FREE outings (indoor and outdoor) to entertain your kids all January long!

Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee Review and Deals
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Special NYE Events and Winter Break Specials at Enchanted Castle
Enchanted Castle is hosting two family New Year's Eve parties and offering holiday fun specials so you can get a good discount.