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.

Kid-Friendly Bowling Alleys in Chicago’s West Suburbs
With most offering bumpers and ramps, even your littlest bowlers will have a ball at these family-friendly bowling alleys in the western suburbs.

Winter Activities for Families in the Western Suburbs
Find the best winter activities near you in our guide full of ideas to make your wintery days fun and memorable for the whole family!

Chicagoland Kids Theater Guide: Spring – Summer 2021
From Chicago productions to theater groups in Batavia, Western Springs, Oak Park, and more, we've got wonderful kids' theater options!

Get Splashing at These Indoor Pools with Family Swim and Lap Swim Times
Swim year-round at indoor pools with open swim times! Addison, Aurora, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Wheaton, Western Springs, and more.

Local Fish Fry Events and Carryout for 2021
Find all the restaurants, churches and VFWs throughout the western suburbs offer tasty fish fry options for families during Lent.

Movie Theater Rentals in Chicago’s Western Suburbs
Check out these private theater rentals in Chicago's western suburbs for a night at the movies with your family or even a birthday surprise!

Bringing Kids to Immersive Van Gogh Chicago

Escape to These Indoor Water Parks Near Chicagoland
Whether you're looking for a day trip or full-blown vacation, check out our list of indoor water parks near Chicago that are worth the drive!

Parent-Child Dates: The Sweetest Ideas for One-on-One Time with Your Kids!
We all know quality time with our kids is priceless, but it can get lost so easily. Put a date on the calendar for an extra-special day!

Arcades, Laser Tag, Game Rooms, Indoor Go-Karting Now Open
Get your game on! We've rounded up the best local arcades, laser tag and game rooms in the Chicago area that are currently open.

Indoor Play Areas Offering Private Reservations
Climb, jump, and shake your sillies at these indoor playgrounds. Find all the details, including private rentals, at these great stops.

Making Valentine’s Special for Kids: Kits to Go, Daddy-Daughter Dances, and More
Daddy-daughter dances give little girls a night with their special guy. We also have Valentine's acitivites for all ages in the west suburbs!