Are you running out of ideas for keeping those tweens and teens of yours engaged, learning and happy? Don’t fret! Kidlist is here to help you with a world of inspiration for the very best activities geared towards older kiddos. There are actually tons of cool things out there that this age group will truly love to do! Look no further than our list to start planning some fun teen-centered outings all around the suburbs of Chicago.
Things to Do with Tweens and Teens in the Chicagoland Suburbs
Strolling through a neat art exhibit can be a lovely change of scenery for this age. Try the new Immersive Van Gogh, or the ever-popular Art Institute in the city. For a suburban adventure, the Elmhurst Art Museum has a very cool mini golf exhibit; how’s that for inventive?!
Artsy tweens/teens will love a good workshop or class, too. Check out your neighborhood pottery studio or art studio for some great offerings. Along those same lines, local craft stores are the best when it comes to learning new skills like sewing, knitting, or crocheting.
How about a live show? Blue Man Group is back in Chicago — truly an awesome, playful experience that is entertaining at any age!
Cooking classes are also perfect for your teen/tween foodie. Then put those new culinary skills to good use – take your tween/teen to a nearby farmer’s market where you can shop together for all the freshest ingredients!
Speaking of food, there are loads of destination Chicagoland restaurant choices for hungry tweens/teens, and bring the 12 and under siblings to the spots where kids eat free. Oh, and don’t miss our over-the-top milkshakes list . . . undoubtedly a crowd-pleaser!
Active Fun for Teens and Tweens
Check out the Best Forest Preserve Trails, or go mini golfing, biking or fishing. While the warm days are still around, pack up a picnic and head to an area beach/outdoor water park! And once the weather turns, there’s always indoor water parks.
Strength, discipline and self-defense methods sound more enticing? Then, martial arts and ninja classes are your best bet! And if your tween/teen is in need of finding his/her inner peace? Well, yoga is perfect for that!
Other Ideas for Teens and Tweens
Older kids can easily get lost in a good book! Peruse your local bookstore or look for some new reads at a nearby library. Or for indoor nature wit its own peaceful ambiance, venture through a nearby conservatory together.
And, last but not least, how about setting aside some crucial bonding time for the two of you? Look to the kid and parent dates list for fantastic ideas to cherish the moments you have together while you can!