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.

Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum in Lisle
This nature museum in Lisle is a hidden gem! It has an impressive collection and opportunities to learn and explore for free.

Family-Friendly Events This Weekend: August 16–18

Ninja Classes in the West and Southwest Suburbs
Kids love kicking, swinging, and tumbling as mini ninjas! Classes in Burr Ridge, Hickory Hills, La Grange, Naperville, and more.

Kids Pottery Classes, Workshops, and Studio Time
Places where kids can paint pottery or learn the basics of handbuilding and wheel throwing at kids pottery classes, workshops, and studio time.

Polar Express Train Rides, Holiday Express, Santa Train, and Santa Trolley
It's hot outside now, but it's time to book your Polar Express tickets if you want to stay on Santa's "nice" list (instead of the wait list)!

Nature Cat: Backyard & Beyond at Kohl Children’s Museum
Explore creativity while learning about architecture, science, and storytelling at Kohl Children's Museum.

Kid-Friendly History Museums and Historical Societies with Events for Kids
Local historial societies don't only preserve history, they make it fun for kids! Find places near your with kids areas, programs, and events!

Birthday Party Giveaway from Bounce Around
Bounce Around is looking to gift a free birthday party to a family in need. Nominate a local family that could use some help!

New at Bloomingdale Park District and Their Grand Re-Opening
The Bloomingdale Park District re-opens with a NEW indoor playground. Significant upgrades were made to the preschool and actvity spaces.

2019 Chicago-Area Museum Free Days
Visit Brookfield Zoo, the Shedd, MSI, and more for free! Check out our guide to find the best values when visiting local attractions.

Free Ice Cream Bars at Mars 2019
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.

Summer Open Gyms for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs: Times and Prices
We've got a full round-up of open gyms for kids all around Chicago's Southwest suburbs so they can tumble, play, and get their energy out!