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.

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Review: Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light Exhibits at MSI
Snow indoors, 45-foot tall lit tree, more than 50 cultures represented?! Yes please! Get the details on MSI's Christmas Around the World.

Breakfast with Santa and Other Holiday Meal Options in the West and Southwest Suburbs 2019
Find a place to eat with Santa for the 2019 holiday season. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, sweets and more! Don't forget your camera for a great photo opportunity!

Santa Sighting Alert! Local Spots to See Santa in 2019
Parades, photo ops, festivals... where to see Santa in Chicago's west and southwest suburbs.

The Best Frozen Events for Elsa and Anna Fans
Do you have Frozen fans in your house? Then they are going to love these Frozen events leading up to opening day of Frozen II!

Kids Climb High — Like, REALLY High — at the New Cloud Buster at the Chicago Children’s Museum
We climbed up to the tippy top to give you a preview of this sky-high new exhibit at the Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier.

Your Ticket to Finding the Hottest Toys and Games: Chicago Toy and Game Fair
Find out about the latest and greatest toys and games AND try them out at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair at Navy Pier in November.

It Might Rain (Or Snow!) On Halloween, So Bookmark These Indoor Events
The Halloween forecast is looking chilly! If it's rainy or snowy, you'll be glad to have this list of indoor events in your back pocket.

New Pop-Up Experience: Toys R Us Adventure Chicago Review
Explore a multi-level interative playland on Michigan Avenue at Toys R Us Adventure Chicago! We have the inside scoop on what to expect.

Climb to the Top of 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!

The Biggest, Best Guide to Indoor Play Areas in the Chicagoland Suburbs
We've updated one of our most popular lists for 2019! Chicago's west suburbs are full of indoor playgrounds to explore with your kids.

2019 Family-Friendly Halloween Events
Celebrate the season with these family-friendly Halloween events! Decorate pumpkins, watch spooky movies, listen to a storyteller, and more.

Family-Friendly (Free!) Activities for Fire Prevention Week 2019
Kid-friendly activities during Fire Prevention Week in the near western suburbs of Chicago. Fire truck rides, fire demos, tours, and more!