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 and More
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.

Ninja Classes in the West Suburbs
Your kids will love kicking, swinging, climbing, and tumbling in these ninja classes around the western suburbs.

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.

July 2020 Family-Friendly Events
July is full of summer-time fun! Here's our 2020 calendar round-up of family-friendly events in the western suburbs.

No Free Ice Cream in Burr Ridge This Year. Here’s What to Do Instead.
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.

Your Lifeline for the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order with Kids: Ideas and Resources
Can you believe schools have been closed for a month? The Kidlist team has been doing our best to help out with easy ideas and resources.

Best Games for Families + Games to Play Over a Video Call
Family game night! These are the best games for families and virtual games play with grandparents and friends.

New Exhibit! Field Museum’s Apsáalooke Women and Warriors
Beautiful beadwork, dramatically lit war shields, and more at this exhibit featuring the Apsáalooke people through art and artifacts.

Places to Bounce: Trampoline Parks and Inflatables
From trampoline parks to inflatables... check out our list of the best places to jump to your heart's content near the western suburbs of Chicago.

Local Fish Fry Events for 2020: Kidlist Readers’ Top Picks
Whether you avoid meat on Fridays or just love a good ol' fashioned fish fry, check out our readers' favorite options for Chicagoland.

The Big Map of Things to Do with Kids in Chicago’s Suburbs
From zoos and amusement parks to indoor playgrounds and arcades, this map will help you find local fun for kids nearby in Chicagoland.

Chicagoland Kids Theater Guide: Spring – Summer 2020
From Chicago productions to theater groups in Batavia, Western Springs, Oak Park, and more, we've got wonderful kids' theater options!