Best indoor play areas for kids in Chicagoland
When you’re struggling to find something to do indoors with the kids (due to the weather in Chicago!), Indoor play areas come to the rescue.
In Chicagoland we have a variety of play areas for children of all ages to keep them entertained for hours. Check out these indoor play areas where kids can play hard.
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Fit City Kids
Fit City Kids offers a variety of classes including basketball, soccer, dance, art, and more. But for drop-in play, kids will love the Cityscape Play Zone. Explore the flexible three-story play structure that spans over 5,000 square feet for kids to jump and slide.
Babies and toddlers are loved here! The walk-in free play area is perfect for toddlers and is a great gathering place for parents who need to get out of the house. Adults should be vaccinated.
Little Hoppers Play Cafe
This South Side indoor play space focuses on children under the age of 7. At Little Hoppers, you can schedule a play date (private or during open play hours), get kids to expend energy during open play, or join a family – focused lessons. Free play is offered Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Lincoln Park Zoo Canopy Adventure
In the area of the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo is a building containing the Canopy Climbing Adventure, a mass of ropes and bridges that keep children entertained for hours. And when they’re tired of climbing, kids can look through the windows to see sea otters and beavers.
Perfect for kids under 5, this indoor play area offers an oversized play set and kitchen, baby play area, toys, books and more. Plus, parents and caregivers can enjoy free coffee, tea, and Wi-Fi!
North / North-West suburbs
Bumblebee Game Cafe
This popular gaming cafe has two separate rooms. The larger room has a jumping mat and a huge play structure with slides and obstacles. The other room is perfect for the little ones who can play pretend with the mini coffee town. While the kids enjoy playing, parents can enjoy the treats and drinks available for purchase.
It is the perfect place to help children sleep well at bedtime. Themed inflatables – from Dora to superheroes to princesses – will find a fan in every child. Toddler areas ensure toddlers are not trampled. Jump! Zone also has other locations in Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove and Crystal Lake.
This children’s utopia features climbing walls (think beanstalk, dinosaur skeleton, tire ladder), rope
course, building blocks, caves and slides, plus a soft play area for children under 8 and a special area for the little ones. Funtopia also has a location in Naperville. Naperville’s location is larger than the original and features interactive lessons with over 50 themed walls and fun areas, including a ninja class.
Kids Art & Cafe
- Address: 710 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg
Kids 48 inches and under will enjoy the clean play areas, including the two-story play structure with slides and a ball pool. Imaginations run wild in the kitchen and Duplo spaces. Don’t let the fun stop when you go – kids can enroll in an art or pottery class. A coffee stop is a must with Italian coffee, homemade ice cream and waffles.
Legoland Discovery Center
Every Lego enthusiast must visit this haven of construction adventures. Don’t miss the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride with a chariot where brave children set off to defeat skeletons, defeat trolls and save a captured princess.
Jumps n ‘Jiggles indoor play area and carousel
- Address: 1000 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village
Kids ages 8 and under will have a blast on the themed playground with a maze of tunnels and a spiral slide. Take a ride on one of the 18 hand-painted horses on the carousel. Check out their special events for more fun.
This Evanston location, which offers more for children aged 5 to 12, has a Little Beans play area for children aged 0 to 6, a mini-village with a Kids Clubhouse, a ninja obstacle course, a karaoke room, air hockey, table tennis tables and more.
The Explorerium, which is part of the Skokie Park district, is a real find including an aquatic area where children can ‘fish’, an elaborate maze of tunnels and slides, a train table, a stage with costumes for children. budding comedians and a separate area with porters and a monkey bridge dedicated to toddlers.
Epic Air Trampoline Park
Jump hard in this trampoline park that offers plenty of bounces, dodgeball, aerial basketball and more. The three-story blaster arena is awesome. Toddlers can also have fun in their own space with a ball pool.
Drop the kids off at FUNDAY, a boutique drop-off play and activity center designed for ages 3-12 at Westfield Old Orchard while you shop. Check out the calendar for special events, classes that include arts, crafts, science, cooking and even yoga. Reservations are required on weekdays and walk-in tours are welcome on weekends.
Toddlers can explore the 7,000 square foot play space with plenty of toys, activities and themed rooms to keep their imaginations and creativity engaged.
Yu Children’s Island
If you are heading to the mall and need a break, Yu Kids Island offers you a colorful play oasis. Rest assured parents, everything is padded in case the little ones tip over. Yu Kids Island also has a location in Vernon Hills.
Peppa Pig World of Play
Enter the world of Peppa Pig and play in 14 themed areas. Explore Peppa Pig’s treehouse, ride Grandpa’s train, and more.
We vibrate the spectrum
This indoor play area offers plenty of options for children of all skill levels. The gym includes protective mats and pillows, a zip line, sensory toys and more. Consult the space’s Facebook page to find out about availability for the next private recreation.
Children will have fun jumping, bouncing, climbing, overcoming obstacles and hurtling down slides. Parents are encouraged to have fun jumping and sliding with their children. You can find other FunFlatables locations in Bloomingdale, Lombard, Gurnee, Chicago, and Northside.
Fun factory of gadgets
Fun is all around you in this 47,000 square foot entertainment center. From bumper cars to the sky trail system and laser tag to climbing walls and a two-level climbing structure with foam balls and a “fountain” of foam balls, everyone will be entertained.
The A club
Children aged 6 and over can join one of the ‘clubs’, which include activities such as dancing, joy, video and board games, as well as arts and crafts. In addition, an inclusive playgroup is available for children with special needs.
This trampoline park offers lots of bounces, dodge ball, aerial basketball, warped wall and wall climbing. Sky Zone also has locations in Aurora, Elmhurst and Vernon Hills.
With two locations in Chicagoland now open, Ball Factory is the perfect place to entertain kids up to 12 years old (and away from video games!) Obstacles, slides, tractors, balls, soft play areas and more await. Online reservations recommended. They also have a second location in Mount Prospect.
Safari Land indoor amusement park
Pure pleasure awaits you in the 62,000 square foot facility. Choose from thrilling attractions like bumper cars, a Tilt-A-Whirl, or even Illinois’ biggest indoor roller coaster. Toddlers can relax in the gentle Lion’s Den play area which includes a jungle maze and merry-go-round.
At the Kiddy Club, the outdoors come indoors by pretending to be at the beach in the silica-free sandbox. The colorful play area features a water bed, climbers, slides that lead to a ball pool, palm swings, and honeycomb slides for babies. Kids can have fun on the dance floor, and if you choose the right time, bubbles can appear!
Water lemon children
● Address: 25 S. La Grange Road, La Grange
This bright and airy place – which is a combined play spot, retail store, and cafe – gives you plenty of reasons to stay there all day. The indoor play area is recommended for children 6 and under. Check their Facebook page for open play and reservation days only.
We vibrate the spectrum
This indoor play area offers plenty of options for children of all skill levels. The gym includes protective mats and pillows, a zip line, sensory toys and more. You can also find a second We Rock the Spectrum location in Franklin Park.
Urban aerial trampoline park
The highlight of the facility is the trampoline park. But it offers much more – an indoor coaster, a ropes course, climbing walls, an obstacle course and a play structure. Children aged 7 and under will not feel left out. There is a trampoline area just for them. Urban Air Trampoline also has other locations in Crystal Lake, St. Charles, Naperville, North Riverside and Mokena.
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