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.

2019 Family-Friendly Halloween Events
Celebrate the season with these family-friendly Halloween events! Decorate pumpkins, watch spooky movies, listen to a storyteller, and more.

Family-Friendly (Free!) Activities for Fire Prevention Week 2019
Kid-friendly activities during Fire Prevention Week in the near western suburbs of Chicago. Fire truck rides, fire demos, tours, and more!

Special Halloween-Themed Movie Screening and Pre-Party

Two Unique Family Shows This Fall at Waubonsee
Laugh along with a ventriloquist and enjoy musical theater at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. Run times, admission price and details.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus in Rosemont

Our Review of Bellaboo’s Big, Fun Play Center in Indiana (and New Imagination Garden!)
Bellaboo's is a unique play place near Chicago for kids under nine years old! See pictures of the opportunities for play and imagination!

New Unique Birthday Party Venue! Parrot Stars Parties
There's a new event space in Arlington Heights: Parrot Stars Parties! The party possibilities are endless... exotic birds and more.

Places to Go with a Baby or Toddler: Activities for Kids 0–2
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!

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.