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.

Polar Express Train Rides, Holiday Express, Santa Train, and Santa Trolley
Polar express train rides, holiday express, santa train, and santa trolley rides in the Chicago suburbs. Enjoy a family friendly ride to visit Santa Claus.

Local Escape Rooms: Are You Up to the Challenge?
Escape rooms are a thrilling challenge for families, friends, date night, and more! We've got details on all the local escape rooms nearby.

Kid-Friendly Nail Salons in the Western Suburbs
Pamper yourself and your daughter with an afternoon at one of these kid-friendly nail salons in the western suburbs. Some even have kid chairs!

Kid-Friendly Nail Salons in the Southwest Suburbs
A list of kid-friendly nail salons in the southwest suburbs. These locations have services for children and many have miniature pedicure chairs.

Free Ice Cream Bars at Mars 2018
Get the details for free ice cream bars at the Burr Ridge ice cream plant on weekdays in July, compliments of Mars Chocolate North America.

2018 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs
We're excited about all the fun activities and events happening for free locally! Find some free summer fun for every age group.

Free Summer Fun for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs 2018
Free summer fun can be had all over the suburbs. We have compiled events and locations that will keep your summer schedule packed and inexpensive!

$1 Summer Movies for Kids in the Chicagoland Area
Many theaters offer summer movie series where shows are $1! Check out our guide of each theatre for specific information about times and titles available.

Free Comic Book Day 2018
This year's Free Comic Book Day lands on Saturday, May 5! Get the low-down on which stores in the south and west suburbs will have free comic books.

Afternoon Tea with Kids
Whether it’s a birthday, Mother’s Day or any simple day, afternoon tea with kids is the perfect time to slow down and share quality moments.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer 2018
Find a Vacation Bible School where your children can learn about God through fun activities and songs over the summer. (Also referred to as VBS.)

Vacation Bible School (VBS) in the Southwest Suburbs
VBS is a great way for kids to learn about God, make new friends, and have a fun week during the summer. Check out our list of free and cheap VBS programs!