50 Places That Open Early for Kids Who Wake Up Ready to Play

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I love that the Chicago suburbs have so many amazing indoor places to go with kids! The challenge for me has always been to find indoor spots that open early to take my early risers. By the time 10:00 rolls around, we’re practically ready for lunch and naps!

Below, you’ll find a list of indoor locations to take your early birds. All the locations included open by 9:00am or earlier. This guide should help you when you’re ready to hit the ground running, but aren’t sure where to go.

Hours are updated as of March 2024; if you’re going to make a long drive to visit one, be sure to check their website or give them a call to make sure they aren’t unexpectedly closed.

Places That Are Open Extra-Early

  • Forest the Fox’s Playbox (Westchester) – Opens at 5:30am Monday – Friday and 7:00am Saturday – Sunday. (Call ahead about weekend closures due to private reservations.)
  • McDonald’s tends to be open very early, by 4:30am. Chick-fil-A restaurants are open by 6:30am, with some open even earlier. Scroll down for a list of local fast food play places that have play places.

Spots That Open at 8:00am

Spots That Open at 8:30am

Spots That Open at 9:00am

Another idea for early play is your local libray! Most libraries in the suburbs open at 9:00am on weekdays; check the hours before you go to confirm.

Play Places Open Early

If you’re looking to include breakfast with a play place, taking your kids to McDonald’s or Chick-fil-A is also a fun way to fuel up for the day and have your kids burn off some energy.

McDonald’s Play Places

McDonald’s has indoor play places at the following locations:

  • 225 Ogden Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515
  • 920 N York Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • 445 W Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
  • 7850 Ogden Ave, Lyons, IL 60534
  • 350 E St. Charles Rd, Villa Park, IL 60181
  • 11110 W 31 St, Westchester, IL 60154
  • 31 E 63rd St, Westmont, IL 60559
  • 2401 63rd St, Woodridge, IL 60517
  • 2310 W 75th St, Woodridge, IL 60517

Chick-fil-A Play Places

Chick-fil-A indoor play places tend to be good for toddlers, preschoolers, and young elementary schoolers. The spaces have toddler activities on the ground and a small climbing structure with a slide. They list indoor play places at the following locations:

  • 4435 Fox River Center Drive, Aurora, IL 60504
  • 185 N. Randall Road, Batavia, IL 60510
  • 354 W. Army Trail Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108
  • 245 N. Weber Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60490
  • 6007 S. La Grange Road, Countryside, IL 60525
  • 235 S. IL Route 83, Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • 717 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard, IL 60148
  • 2 Winston Plaza, Melrose Park, IL 60160
  • 950 N. Elmhurst Road, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
  • 7201 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside, IL 60546
  • 935 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173
  • 301 E. Loop Road, Wheaton, IL 60189
  • 7101 Kingery Highway, Willowbrook, IL 60527

Do you know of a play spot that opens by 9:00am that we missed? Let us know so we can add it! If you’re looking for more inspiration, our easy outings for tired parents and our massive map of things to do with kids in the Chicago suburbs are here!

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