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.

Paint-Your-Own Pottery and Ceramics Studios in the Southwest Suburbs
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!

Indoor Water Parks Near Chicago
Whether you're looking for a day trip or full-blown vacation, check out our list of indoor water parks near Chicago that are worth the drive!

Library Story Times in the Southwest Suburbs
Find library story times near you! Check out our list to find locations and registration information for storytimes in your area.

Chinese New Year Celebrations for Kids and Families

Ice Skating Rinks in the Western Suburbs
Family-friendly indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks with skate rental information, admission fees, and how to find out if the outdoor rinks are ready.

Ice Skating Rinks in the Southwest Suburbs
The southwest suburbs have many different options for both indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks. Check out our list for all the local spots!

Museum Free Days and Discounts on Local Fun
Visit main attractions in and around Chicago for free! Check out our guide to find the best values when visiting local museums and zoos.

20 Things To Do When School is Closed in the Southwest Suburbs
Local family-friendly ideas for things to do when school is closed in the southwest suburbs and ideas for activities at home in a handy list!

Winter Holiday Fun for Families

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids in the Western Suburbs
You don't have to wait until midnight to celebrate the new year... these local places host fun events to celebrate New Year's Eve with Kids during the day!

New Year’s Eve for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs: Family-Friendly Events to Ring in 2018
New Year's Eve for kids events, from "Noon Year's Eve" parties that count down to 12:00 p.m. to Chicago Gaelic Park's event ringing in midnight in Ireland.

Fun (Santa-Free!) Things to Do With Kids in December 2017
Check out our giant round-up of family-friendly things to do with kids in December! There's more going on than just holiday events.