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.

Santa Claus

Where to See Santa in the Western Suburbs 2017
Santa sightings in the western suburbs of Chicago! A comprehensive list of where to see Santa, including dates, times and calendar listings with more info.

Where to See Santa in the Southwest Suburbs
There are many events all over the southwest suburbs to see the jolly man in red. Check the list below for ideas of where to see Santa!

Where to Eat with Santa in Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs
Looking for a place to eat with Santa this holiday season? We have a full list of options to enjoy breakfast, lunch, snacks, and more with the jolly man.

Where to Eat with Santa This Year
Find a place to eat with Santa this holiday season. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, snacks and more! You'll find them all on this great list.

Holiday Theater for Kids: 2017 Shows and Performances
From tot-friendly Christmas shows to magical performances of The Nutcracker ballet, we've got a huge round-up of holiday theater for kids for 2017!

Kid-Friendly Halloween Guide for the Western Suburbs
All of the kid-friendly Halloween events, activities, costumes ideas, kids eat free, books, crafts, and more in one place!

Kid-Friendly Halloween Guide for the Southwest Suburbs

What If It’s Rainy and Cold on Halloween? Indoor Trick or Treating and Events

Indoor Pools in the Southwest Suburbs
Check out our huge list of indoor pools across the south suburbs of Chicagoland, including spots with swim lessons and family swim times!

Indoor Rock Climbing Walls
Kids are born to climb! Check out our list of Indoor rock climbing walls to develop physical skills, courage, and confidence. An activity you can enjoy too!

Bounce Houses, Trampolines, and Places to Jump
All kids love to move around, bounce, and prance about in bounce houses! Check out this list below for your guide to all things bounce!

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.