25 Things to Do with Kids on a Rainy Day in the Western Suburbs

If you’re hitting a wall coming up with ideas, let us help inspire you with all kinds of creative ways to spend your rainy day together! Sometimes the gloomy days end up being the most fun as we cozy up and do something we ordinarily wouldn’t indoors. If you want to be a real hero with your kids, get out those rain boots and get them outside splashing around in the puddles — those are the memories they’ll never forget. Either way, look to us for 25 of the best ways to sprinkle in the smiles on a rainy day!

25 Things to Do with Kids on a
Rainy Day in the Western Suburbs

  1. Have your child gather up some favorite books to snuggle up and read together. Audiobooks are great, too! Check out your local library for awesome streaming services and find some new favorites to listen to.
  2. Experience the theatre virtually. Our theater guide has some great options that are running now through the end of summer!
  3. Go on a sweet treat drive-thru/curbside adventure for donuts or ice cream! Reference our donuts list or ice cream list for all the best spots. There’s nothing like some sugar to brighten up a rainy day!
  4. Get out all your art supplies and create some masterpieces together. Or if you’re low on materials at home, there are loads of places locally that sell arts and crafts activity kits.
  5. Browse through some old cookbooks and bake cookies together. Some of my favorite at-home memories are those spent in the kitchen together, working as a team to bake up something delicious! And, if you’d prefer to just decorate cookies, there are plenty of local options offering cookie kits that you could pick up.
  6. Take a virtual field trip! Our at-home activities list has the best ideas for virtual visits to museums in Chicago and nationally. Some museums are open or will be re-opening soon for the true field trip experience!
  7. Get a head start on your garden and plant seeds together indoors. Annie has the best tips on everything gardening for the newbie gardener.
  8. Bowling is the perfect rainy day activity. There are lots of kid-friendly bowling alleys locally to choose from. And the bumpers at many of these are perfect for the littlest bowlers.
  9. Food happens to be our family’s favorite past time! So why not scope out a new restaurant where the kids eat free? Train restaurants are so much fun for little train lovers, too.
  10. Go swimming at an indoor pool with family swim times. What a wonderful way to burn off some energy and work on those strokes before summer is here.
  11. Visit a local arcade, game room, or laser tag arena.
  12. Support a local business and shop for some cool items at your neighborhood toy or bookstore! Many offer convenient curbside pick up.
  13. There are many ice skating rinks that are open year-round. A rainy day is the perfect day to lace up those ice skates and get some exercise.
  14. Volunteer as a family! There are many local organizations that you can help, and the lessons your children will learn from this type of experience are invaluable.
  15. Couldn’t we all use a little extra kindness these days? Use your rainy day as a “random act of kindness” day. There are some really sweet ideas here, or brainstorm with your kids to see what they come up with!
  16. Got a tween/teen at your house? Our list of indoor fun for tweens has all kids of inspiration to appeal to this crowd.
  17. Did you know the Kidlist events calendar is full of ideas for family fun every day? Your local park district is another great resource for events happening in town.
  18. Have a movie marathon! Make a batch of popcorn and perhaps a fort, too, and watch your favorite flicks back-to-back as a family. Keep in mind that some theaters are offering rentals these days for a future family movie outing.
  19. Select a few kid-friendly recipes to make together or go all out and plan a themed dinner night for the family. Your kids will love the chance to get creative in planning a dinner complete with games and attire centered around their interests!
  20. Make a reservation at an indoor play area. Block off an hour or two for the kids to run around and play, then come home, collapse, and watch the rain together.
  21. Try your hand at a DIY project. From homemade playdoh to a hand knit blanket, there are all sorts of projects you can tackle with your kids for DIYers of all levels.
  22. Create a scavenger hunt at home. Have the kids search for various objects around the house, collecting as they go, with the some sort of fun prize waiting for them at the end!
  23. Game day! From card/board games to charades to I-Spy to Minute to Win IT, games are a fun activity for a rainy day. Here’s an idea: the family member with the most wins gets to choose the next meal out!
  24. Work out together! From online pilates and yoga to a family dance party, there are plenty of ways to keep the kids moving.
  25. Pamper the whole family with an at-home spa! Some relaxing music, a foot soak, and tasty refreshments will make it extra special, and the kids will love unwinding indoors to the pitter patter of the rain outdoors!

Check out our indoor activities page for even more things to do with kids in Chicago’s western suburbs.

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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