This is how the whole idea of Kidlist started: with this list! Whenever you need to get out, want to make some plans with friends, or don’t know what to do, look through this list and find something that you are in the mood for! Your kids are going to love it. All of these resources are continually updated and can also be found in the menu across the top. If you have something to add we would love to hear from you!
Indoor Play Areas
The staple of our toolbox of fun things to do… indoor playgrounds! Check out this full list of opportunities for indoor play or click here to see the 10 Best Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces as voted by Kidlist readers.
Museum Free Days and Discounts on Local Fun
Visit main attractions in and around Chicago for free! Check out our guide to find the best values when visiting local museums and zoos.
Places to Go with a Baby or Toddler
It can be hard to find places to go with a baby or toddler, so we put together a list of fun places that even the littlest kids can enjoy.
Places to Bounce: Trampoline Parks and Inflatables
Bounce around to your heart’s content as one of these locations with wall to wall trampolines, games, and inflatables.
Ice Skating at an Indoor Rink
The opportunities to ice skate both indoor and out is endless! Find a place to skate on this list, which includes great details like if skate rental is available along with prices.
Indoor Pools with Family Swim Times
Splash around in the pool no matter what temperature it is outside! You can find open swim times and locations here.
There are places to explore, and sometimes touch, art in the suburbs as well as the city. Art Museums are not only for adults! There are family areas and I have even seen child-sized sinks in the bathrooms to encourage people of all sizes to enjoy art.
You can enjoy nature all year round at one of these nature centers, full of games, animals and learning opportunities. Kidlist readers recently voted and you can click here to see the 5 Best Nature Centers With Free Admission.
Your local library is a great place to go to a story time, but did you know that there are several other locations that have story times throughout the week? Click here to see the upcoming story times on the Kidlist calendar!
Best Libraries for Kids
The best libraries with great places for kids to play, read, and learn in the western suburbs of Chicago, including photos and descriptions of each.
How perfect to have spaces dedicated to learning and exploring for little ones. We have all of the museums listed so you can check them all out and find your favorite. You’ll find recommended ages and main features of each in this list.
Unlikely Places for Fun
Have you ever considered that a trip to Menards is fun for your kids?! Or appliance shopping? I stumbled upon some surprisingly fun spots for kids and included them in this list. Have any others? I would love to try them!
Indoor Water Parks
If you’re looking for excitement, check out these amazing indoor water parks! We’ve found the best in the area, and a few that would make a great weekend retreat from blustery weather.
Kid-Friendly Bowling Alleys
A complete list of bowling alleys, along with information about bumpers and ramps to make your child’s bowling experience fun and carefree!
Volunteering with Kids
Volunteering with kids is an important way to teach them about compassion and serving others! Check out our round-up of local volunteer opportunities.
Live Theater for Kids
From big city productions to small theater groups right in your neighborhood, there’s plenty of wonderful options that the whole family will enjoy. Our comprehensive list breaks down all the fantastic offerings for kids of all ages.
Indoor Rock Climbing Walls
Kids are born to climb! Check out our list of Indoor rock climbing walls to develop physical skills, courage, and confidence. An activity you can enjoy too!
Did you know that you and your kids can experience sky diving indoors? This is a unique experience that really doesn’t fit into any other category! You can read about our experience by clicking the title above.
Breathe in the fresh, warm air and walk through beautiful gardens at one of these conservatories. This list includes features and events for kids at each location.
Sensory Friendly Films
These sensory-friendly events make it easier for kids with autism and other special needs to participate and have fun. Check out our full list!
Gymnastics Open Gyms
This is another popular one! Let your kids run around and play in a gymnastics gym without committing to a weekly class. It’s also a great way to get a taste for gymnastics before signing up.
Parent and Child Exercise
It can be difficult to get exercise with little ones. This is a list of possibilities without dropping your kids off in a child care room.
Ice Skating Rinks
Family-friendly indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks with skate rental information, admission fees, and how to find out if the outdoor rinks are ready.
Stores with Little Carts
A way to get your errands done while including your child and making it fun! My kids always feel super important when they are in charge of the cart and like that they are contributing to the family.
Want to have your food delivered by train? Or can your child just not get enough trains in his/her life?! Visit one of these train restaurants for a special meal.
Coffee and Playtime
Enjoy a cup of coffee with some friends while your children play. I know we are never completely off duty, but it’s nice to have the option to enjoy some adult conversation while watching your kids have a good time too!
Ice Cream Shops
Getting ice cream at one of these local spots is always fun and of course delicious.
Free Ice Cream Bars at Mars
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.
Kid and Parent Dates
Take some time for the two of you! There are indoor and outdoor ideas, some take a bit of planning and some you can do tonight. Make a day or night out with your child one to remember!
Afternoon Tea With Your Kids
We are lucky to live in an area that has many elegant options to choose from, many of which hold teatimes geared specifically for children!
$1 Movies for Kids
This list is updated every summer with opportunities to take your kids to an affordable movie! Bookmark this page to find out about deals on a rainy day or when you need a break from the sun.
If you have someone in your house that loves LEGO bricks, this one is for you! Everything including camps, events, exhibits, library LEGO times.