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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Local family-friendly ideas for things to do if school is closed in the southwest suburbs and ideas for at home activities in one handy list!

28 Things to Do When School Is Closed in the Western Suburbs
Looking for fun things to do when school is closed in Chicago's west suburbs? Check out our round-up of kid-friendly places to go and things to do at home.

Daddy Daughter Dances in the Southwest Suburbs
Dads, get your best suit ready and grab some flowers for your special little girl. It's time to take her to a Daddy Daughter Dance!

Ways to Meet Your Fitness Goals (with Kids!) in the Western Suburbs
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Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in the Southwest Suburbs
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