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.

Parties, Fun Run, Free Activities and More During Week of the Young Child
The Wheaton Park District is offering 39 special events, programs, and activities for kids 8 and under and their families—for free!

Review: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago (LEGOLAND Schaumburg)
Thinking about visiting LEGOLAND in Schuamburg? Get the scoop on what to do there, plus a promo code for $5 off tickets in our LEGOLAND Chicago review.

Chocolate Festivals and Dessert Events
Satisfy your sweet tooth at one of these chocolate festivals! All of these can be found in Chicago or within driving distance.

Calling all young athletes! The Nike CHI Air Workshop is next weekend
The Nike+ Chicago Studio is inviting kids to the CHI Air Workshop for free science experiments with hoverboards and air cannons and more!

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast
A beautifully made movie with more backstory than the original, but too scary for young audiences. Read our full review of Beauty and the Beast.

Sneak Peek: What’s New at LEGOLAND (and a Coupon!)
Check out the newest additions to LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg and snag a free coupon code for $5 off admission.

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure

Movie Review: The LEGO Batman Movie
The LEGO Batman Movie kept us laughing and entertained! Read our parents guide with info such as the scariness factor and language before you go.

Nature Centers in Chicagoland: Bring the Outdoors Inside
Even if the weather isn't cooperating, these kid-friendly nature centers bring the outdoors to life and teach all about the natural world.

Amazing Experience at Brookfield Zoo: Backstage Adventures
Go behind the scenes at Brookfield Zoo with Backstage Adventures. Read about our amazing experience feeding otters, crocodiles, and more!

Train Restaurants for Kids in the Western Suburbs
Find train restaurants near you! Descriptions of each restaurant are included so you can scope out the perfect spot for your little train fan.

Review: The Hundred Dresses from Chicago Children’s Theatre
Our review of The Hundred Dresses, a musical from Chicago Children's Theatre with live music, great performances, and a valuable anti-bullying message.