Kid-Friendly Train Stops on the BNSF Metra Line

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All aboard! I know my kids aren’t the only ones who squeal at the sight of a train. The BNSF Metra line, which runs through the western suburbs, has many kid-friendly stops along the route. You’ll find toy stores, beautiful parks, ice cream shops and more! Many towns operate their farmers markets near their train stations. Be sure to check current train schedules for exact departure information. Metra is currently running a $10 ride-all-day promotion, so you could even hop on and off at a few stops. Why drive when you can ride?

Kid-Friendly Stops on the BNSF Line

Remember that if the ticket booth at the station where you boarded is open, you will have to pay a $5 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. You can also purchase tickets on the Ventra app. See more information about buying Metra tickets.

Aurora

Aurora Regional Fire Museum
53 N. Broadway
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 256-4140

Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery
6 E. Downer PIace
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 340-4074

McCullough Park
150 W. Illinois Avenue
Aurora, IL 60506

Sci-Tech Hands on Museum
18 W. Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 859-3434
Note: Sci-Tech has not reopened as of July 13, 2021, but hopes to soon. Check their Facebook page for updates.

Naperville

Anderson’s Toyshop
111 W Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-2665

Cookie Dough Creations
22 Chicago Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 369-4833

DuPage Children’s Museum
301 N. Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 637-8000

Naper Settlement
523 S. Webster Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 420-6010

Paddleboat Quarry
441 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 864-3939

Pottery Bayou
210 S. Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 718-9823

Lisle

Lisle Lanes
4920 Lincoln Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 968-1300
Note: Lisle Lanes is set to reopen on August 12, 2021.

Prairie Walk Pond and Dragonfly Landing
Garfield Ave and Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

Downers Grove Main Street

Classic Cinemas Tivoli Theater
5021 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 968-0360

Tivoli Bowl
938 Warren Avenue, Suite B
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 969-0660

Everyday’s A Sundae
990 Warren Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 810-9155

Glazed Expressions
1010 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 852-8700

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

Burlington Park
30 E. Chicago Avenue
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Hinsdale History Museum
15 S Clay Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 789-2600

Hinsdale Public Library
20 E Maple Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 986-1976

Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery
13 W 1st Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 908-7175

Western Springs

BB’s Baby Donuts
4472 Lawn Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-1212

Initially Ewe
1058 Hillgrove Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-7777
Toys, games and gifts

Kirschbaum’s Bakery
825 Burlington Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-2894

Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Western Springs Water Tower Museum
914 Hillgrove Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-9230
Open Saturdays, 10am-noon

La Grange Road

Ceramic Art Cafe
26 South LaGrange Road, #100
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 579-3033

Gordon Park
Tilden & Ogden Avenues
La Grange, IL 60525
Playground and fenced-in splash pad

LaGrange Theater
80 South La Grange Road
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 579-2173
La Grange Theater is temporarily closed. Check their website for reopening information.

Tate’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop
25 South Ashland Ave
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-4848

Waterlemon
25 South La Grange Road
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 286-6747
Boutique and indoor play area

Brookfield

Fill My Jar (Candy Store)
3726 Prairie Avenue
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 905-5555

Kiwanis Park
8820 Brookfield Avenue
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 485-7344

Zoo City Treats and Bakery
3748 Grand Avenue
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 255-5481

Hollywood

Brookfield Zoo
8400 W 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 688-8000

Riverside

Riverside Arts Center
32 East Quincy St
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 442-6400

Chicago Union Station

Hop on the Chicago Water Taxi and the city is yours to explore!

Did we miss your favorite kid-friendly stops? Leave it in the comments below. And keep the fun going all summer long with our ultimate guide to summer fun!

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