Fun Guide for Tweens and Teens in Chicago’s Suburbs

Indoor Activities

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

Arts Experiences

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.

Help your tween/teen to explore their creativity and build confidence through a drama, music, vocal or dance class!

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

Those thrill-seeking tweens/teens will most definitely enjoy indoor skydiving, a ziplining adventure or a giant outdoor adventure park!

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.

Roller skating, ice skating and bowling never disappoint. These ideas are extra fun when they can do it with a friend or two!

There are always soccer, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics and tennis lessons for the active kids in this age group. You’re never too old to learn a new skill!

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 things to check out in addition to all of those mentioned in the categories above: Top Golf, Puttshack, Electric Gamebox, The Forge: Lemont Quarries, WhirlyBall, escape rooms, axe throwing, go-karting, rock climbing, paintball, Mish Mash Adventures, Go Ape, iFly, Medieval Times, bocce ball, archery, WNDR Museum, and Museum of Illusions.

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!

Reference our Unique Experiences for Teens list for for more inspiration. And once your child is of driving age, check out our helpful Guide to Driving Schools!

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