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.

The Best Local Activities for Elementary Kids Ages 6–8
These indoor and outdoor activities are perfect for elementary-aged children as they transition into big kid fun!

Fun Guide for Tweens in Chicago’s Western Suburbs
Indoor fun for tweens that is sure to make them excited to hang out and have a good time. All the best places for tweens in Chicagoland in one list!

Only a Few More Weeks to Experience Bixbee Imagination Station
Bixbee Imagination Station is an immersive pop-up experience in Chicago. Get the details on each interactive room and a discount on admission!

New! Kids Empire Indoor Playground in Villa Park
Check out the Kidlist review of Chicago's western suburbs newest indoor playground, Kids Empire, located in Villa Park.

Gymnastics Open Gyms: Fall Through Spring Schedule
Open gyms are a great way for kids to burn off energy! Our round-up of locations, hours, and descriptions to make them easy to find.

New Mo Willems Exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier
See and interact with Mo Willems' characters, including Elephant and Piggie, at Chicago Children's Museum through the end of 2019.

Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum in Lisle
This nature museum in Lisle is a hidden gem! It has an impressive collection and opportunities to learn and explore for free.

Ninja Classes in the West and Southwest Suburbs
Kids love kicking, swinging, and tumbling as mini ninjas! Classes in Burr Ridge, Hickory Hills, La Grange, Naperville, and more.

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.

Polar Express Train Rides, Holiday Express, Santa Train, and Santa Trolley
It's hot outside now, but it's time to book your Polar Express tickets if you want to stay on Santa's "nice" list (instead of the wait list)!

Nature Cat: Backyard & Beyond at Kohl Children’s Museum
Explore creativity while learning about architecture, science, and storytelling at Kohl Children's Museum.

Kid-Friendly History Museums and Historical Societies with Events for Kids
Local historial societies don't only preserve history, they make it fun for kids! Find places near your with kids areas, programs, and events!