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: July 30–August 1 and Beyond
There's fun for families all over Chicagoland! Get the details about all the kid-friendly weekend events going on in our community.

Nature Centers in Chicagoland: Bring the Outdoors Inside
Explore the great outdoors, while staying indoors. These kid-friendly nature centers will teach your children all about our native plants and animals.

Kids Reach New Heights at These Indoor Rock Climbing Walls in Chicagoland
Climb your way to the top of one of the many rock climbing walls in both the Chicagoland area and suburbs!

Make a Masterpiece at Paint-Your-Own Pottery and Ceramics Studios
Find a paint-your-own pottery place to have some fun or a ceramics studio to create a masterpiece. We've found locations near you to be creative with clay!

The Big Map of Things to Do with Kids in Chicago’s Suburbs is Bigger and Better!
Not sure where to go? Our map will help you find the best things to do with kids nearby. We've got zoos, trampoline parks, and much more!

Par Excellence Redux Brings Mini Golf to Elmhurst Art Museum
Play mini golf designed by local and national artists at Elmhurst Art Museum! Get the details and see photos here.

Roll With It: Roller Skating Rinks in the West Suburbs 
Find retro fun for the whole family at your local roller skating rink! We've got all the info here for the west and southwest suburbs.

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!

All the 2021 Chicago-Area Museum Free Days
Our 2021 list of free days at Chicago-area museums and zoos is continuing to grow. Visit MSI, the Art Institute of Chicago, and more.

Free Ice Cream from Mars Wrigley in Burr Ridge Might Be Back in 2022, But Not This Year
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.

Kids’ Summer Movie Deals are Back for 2021!
With deals as low as $1, cool off with a family-friendly movie at these discounted showings at theaters throughout the western suburbs!