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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Open gyms are a great way for kids to burn off energy! We put together a list of locations, hours, and descriptions to make them easy to find.

Live Theater for Kids: Spring – Summer 2019
From big city productions to theater groups right in your neighborhood, there's are wonderful kids' live theater options for the whole family.

Family-Friendly Destinations: Fun Restaurants for Kids
From kid-friendly spots where a model train delivers your meal to dining experiences that will wow the whole family, these eateries are worth the trip.

Kid-Parent Date Ideas: Time for the two of you!
Ideas to have a special time with your child, just the two of you. There's something for everyone in this guide to kid parent date ideas!

Maddie Rae’s Slime Bash is Coming to St. Charles!
Make slime, trade slime, meet slime influencers, slime demos, contests, and more... Slime Bash Chicago is taking over Pheasant Run Resort!

The Winners are Here! 9 Best Free Nature Centers in Chicagoland
As voted on by Kidlist readers! We have the scoop on Chicagoland's best nature centers with photographs, locations, and more.

The Votes Are In: 10 BEST Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces
Find the best indoor play spaces in the Chicagoland suburbs, including Lisle, Alsip, Wheaton, Elgin, and Naperville. Voted by Kidlist readers!

Need Places to Go with a Baby or Toddler? Look Here!
With this list of places to go with a baby or toddler in the West suburbs, the hardest part of your day will be getting out the door!

Baby and Toddler-Friendly Places for Fun with the Littlest Ones!
These spots have age-appropriate activities for the littlest of kids! Check out our round-up of toddler-friendly places to go in the southwest suburbs.

25 Things To Do When School is Closed in the Southwest Suburbs
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.