Indoor Fun for Tweens

Kids eventually hit a stage where they are “too old” for many of the places that you have frequented regularly to keep them entertained. Luckily, we have a whole bunch of fabulous ideas for indoor fun, all geared specifically for the tween years! Check out our list for every type of tween out there, from the adventurous to the artsty. There are all kinds of fun things to do locally with your tween. This post is sponsored by Glen Ellyn Park District. Mark your calendars for their Tween Night on April 13! Details below.

Tween Night at Ackerman SFC

800 St. Charles Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Calling all tweens! Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn is offering a “Tween Night” on April 13 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Kids ages 8-12 will enjoy interacting with friends while playing soccer and dodgeball. The evening will end with every tweens favorite food: pizza! Parents must accompany kids for check-in and check-out. Just $10 for residents or $15 for non-residents. To register, please visit

More Indoor Fun for Tweens in the West Suburbs

For your creative tween:

Take a workshop, sign up for a class or drop in for open hours at your neighborhood pottery studio or art studio. Your local craft store is often another good spot for crafty tweens to learn new skills like sewing, knitting or crocheting. And just wandering through an art museum can also be lots of fun!

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For your adventurous tween:

The more thrill-seeking type might enjoy indoor skydiving or indoor rock climbing. Places like Funtopia in Glenview and Main Event in Warrenville offer challenging ropes courses, climbing walls and more.

For your theatrical, musical, dancing tween:

Spend some quality time together at a live theater performance or check out your local drama, music or dance classes. Tweens are also reaching the age of attending their first “real” music concert…great article here about just that!

For your active tween:

Tweens need to burn off energy, too! Try an indoor water park ice skating rinktrampoline park, martial arts or ninja class. There are classes and training for every type of tween athlete out there, too, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics and tennis! Yoga is another wonderful activity for tweens.

For your tween reader:

Tweens love to get lost in a good book, too! Check out some new reads at your local library. If you have a tween who loves to read, just perusing your local bookstore can be lots of fun.

For your tween gamer:

Check out one of the great arcades and laser tag options around town. Whirlyball is another cool spot for a unique game experience that combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball, and bumper cars. Bowling is always a favorite, too!

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For your nature-loving tween:

Spend some time with nature at a nearby conservatory! There are all kinds of neat cactus, succulent and terrarium projects that are perfect for tweens, too!

For your foodie tween:

Plenty of nice restaurant choices can be found right in your neighborhood for kids to eat free. Typically for 12 and under, take advantage before you have a teenager! Or check out a cooking class!

And, last but not least, how about setting aside special time for you and your tween? We have tons of fantastic ideas for kid and parent dates. They’re growing up fast, savor every moment!

Thanks for reading! Our indoor activities page has more family-friendly ideas for indoor fun.

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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