Kid-Friendly Stops on the BNSF Metra Line

All kids seem to love trains, so why not take a ride along the BNSF Metra line and stop at one of the many kid-friendly destinations? In fact, now through Labor Day, up to 3 children 11 and under ride free every day with each adult! Combine that with Metra’s unlimited ride Weekend Pass for $8, and you have yourself an inexpensive way to travel up and down Chicago’s western suburbs. Here are some fun places to explore with your family that are all walking distance from the Metra stop. In addition to these suggestions, you are sure to find more shops, parks, and restaurants along the BNSF line.

Photo of the Downers Grove Main Street train stationKid-Friendly Stops on the BNSF Line

Be sure to check current train schedules for exact departure information (click the “Downloadable printable schedule link), and click here for BNSF line map. Also, remember that if the ticket booth at the station where you boarded is open, you will have to pay a fee to buy your ticket on the train. If it’s closed (as they often are on weekends), then you can buy your ticket on the train with no fee.


DuPage Children’s Museum
301 N Washington St
Naperville, IL 60540

Pottery Bayou
210 S. Washington St
Naperville, IL 60540

"Frida Kahlo: Timeless" Exhibit Welcomes Children with the "Kahlo Kid's Corner"

Cookie Dough Creations
22 Chicago Ave
Naperville, IL 60540

Downers Grove Main Street

Classic Cinemas Tivoli Theater
5021 Highland Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Tivoli Bowl
938 Warren Ave Ste B
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Everyday’s A Sundae
990 Warren Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Glazed Expressions (Paint your own pottery studio)
1010 Curtiss St
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Clarendon Hills

The Daily Scoop Ice Cream and Sweet Shop
9 South Prospect Ave
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

Learning Express Toys
19 S. Prospect Ave
Clarendon Hills, IL 60521


Hinsdale History Museum
15 S Clay St
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Hinsdale Public Library
20 E Maple St
Hinsdale, IL 60521

The Community House
415 West Eighth St
Hinsdale, IL 60521

LaGrange Road

LaGrange Theater
80 South La Grange Road
La Grange, IL 60525

Tate’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop
25 South Ashland Ave
La Grange, IL 60525

Ceramic Art Cafe
26 South LaGrange Road, #100
La Grange, IL 60525


Riverside Arts Center
32 East Quincy St
Riverside, IL 60546

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About the Author

Meghan Neill
Meghan and her husband live in Downers Grove with their two sons ages six and seven and their four year old daughter. She is a transplant to the Chicago area and absolutely loves all that the western suburbs have to offer for her young family. One of their favorite places to visit year round is the Morton Arboretum. During the summer months, they love to garden, bike, swim, and play golf together. In the winter, Meghan and her children are happy to be home trying out new kid friendly recipes and being creative. As a former teacher, Meghan believes in a healthy balance of unstructured play and scheduled activities. She is excited to be part of the Kidlist team and wants to help families add fun and laughter to their days!

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