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.

Halloween is Happening! 2020 Family-Friendly Halloween Events
Bring your little monsters to these family-friendly Halloween events in the western suburbs. Hunt for ghosts, decorate pumpkins, and tell ghost stories.

September Free Days at Museum of Science and Industry Chicago
Find out about the newest exhibits at Museum of Science and Industry and get the scoop on the must-see permanent exhibits!

2020 Polar Express Train Rides, Holiday Express, Santa Train, and Santa Trolley
It's hot outside now, but it's time to book your Polar Express tickets if you want to stay on Santa's "nice" list (instead of the wait list)!

Places to Go with a Baby or Toddler: Activities for Kids 0–2
Climb, dance, play and visit animals at these great places to go with a baby or toddler in the western suburbs.

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 and Teens 9+ in Chicago’s 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!

The Trains Are Running at 2Toots Train Whistle Grill
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind family-friendly dining experience at 2Toots Train Whistle Grill, with delicious food that's delivered by two Lionel electric trains.

Ninja Classes in the West Suburbs
Your kids will love kicking, swinging, climbing, and tumbling in these ninja classes around the western suburbs.

Kids Pottery Classes, Workshops, and Studio Time
Places where kids can paint pottery or learn the basics of handbuilding and wheel throwing at kids pottery classes, workshops, and studio time.

No Free Ice Cream in Burr Ridge This Year. Here’s What to Do Instead.
Get the details for free ice cream bars at the Burr Ridge ice cream plant on weekdays in July, compliments of Mars Chocolate North America.

Your Lifeline for the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order with Kids: Ideas and Resources
Can you believe schools have been closed for a month? The Kidlist team has been doing our best to help out with easy ideas and resources.

Best Games for Families + Games to Play Over a Video Call
Family game night! These are the best games for families and virtual games play with grandparents and friends.