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.

Celebrate the Life and Art of Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo is coming to the The McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn this June! Find out how they are welcoming kids into the exhibit.

Re-Opening Days for Chicago Area Children’s Museums
The best features, unique exhibits, and our age recommendations for all of the children's museums in the Chicago area. Discover and learn with your kids!

New Jane Goodall Exhibit + Your Guide to Visiting the Field Museum
Get the inside scoop on the newest exhibits at Field Museum, taking kids to the museum, and tips for your trip.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Comes to Oakbrook Center

July 2021 Family-Friendly Events
Our July 2021 family-friendly events list has 4th of July festivities and then countless opportunities for summertime fun in the western suburbs.

May 2021 Family-Friendly Events
May brings exciting opportunities to spend time outside! Our calendar of events includes Naperville, Oak Park, Glen Ellyn, Aurora, and more.

These Local Spots Have Kid-Friendly Afternoon Tea Times
Whether it’s a birthday, Mother’s Day or any simple day, afternoon tea with kids is the perfect time to slow down and share quality moments.

25 Things to Do with Kids on a Rainy Day in the Western Suburbs
This list of rainy-day fun around town (and at home) will help transform long, gloomy days into opportunities for cozy time together.

Sensory-Friendly Chicagoland: Activities and Events for Special Needs
Sensory-friendly activities and events can be found all over the Chicagoland area. Find an activity that best fits your family!

Places to Bounce: Trampoline Parks and Inflatables
From trampoline parks to inflatables, check out what's open, what's not, and the scoop on reservations for bouncy fun near here.

How to Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Library
Receive discounts from your library with the Museum Adventure Pass program! Find out what's included who participates.

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes at the MSI Brings Amazing Characters to Life
It's open! Get a sneak peek at the new Marvel-themed exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, as well as the scoop on safety.