Theme Parks in CHICAGO with kids

From the Windy City…to the city of thrills, Chicago has SO much to offer kids. Yet, when your family is looking for day out that challenges, excites, thrills, and creates unforgettable memories, then you need to get some Theme Park fun!

Theme Parks are a great way to spend the day with the family! There are rides for the brave, and experiences for those who like to take it easy. Little ones can enjoy pint size excitements on those classic amusement rides, and the older kids can challenge themselves on the most thrilling of coaster!

Chicago has some GREAT theme parks that are perfect for families of any age, and you can always find the one perfect for you!

If you have little ones under 9 years, then Pirates Cove Children’s Theme Park is the place to be, with hands-on amusements and swashbuckling adventures, from paddle boats to pirate ships.

Love animals? Then why not combine your day and visit Santa’s Village Azoosement Park, with three amusement parks in one….as well as a zoo!

And then there is America’s favorite – Six Flags! Filled with record breaking rides, and seven miles of roller coaster tracks, and every other ride you could want.

So strap in, get ready, and let’s go for a ride – Chicago style!

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  • Pirates Cove Childrens Theme Park

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    (22 miles) Elk Grove Village

    Buried treasure fun for the kids aged 1 to 9, with the hands-on amusements and entertainment to shivvvvver their timbers! From pirate ships to paddle boats...a great family day out for those little ...

  • Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park

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    (33 miles) Joliet

    14 acres of family amusement park fun in Jollet, with mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, and of course - RIDES - for a year round "Halloween" experience!

  • Santas Village Azoosment Park

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    (36 miles) East Dundee

    Great family fun spending the day in three amusement parks in one...as well as a zoo!

  • Six Flags Great America

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    (37 miles) Gurnee

    Those infamous thrill rides and family fun is waiting at this iconic Illinois theme park - Six Flags! From wet rides to dry and the gentle to the terrifying, they're bigger and better than ever with ...

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  • Shedd Aquarium

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    (1 miles) Chicago

    Shedd aquarium has over 32,000 animals you can come and see (with plenty you can touch!) Underwater family fun in Chicago!

  • Lincoln Park Zoo

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    (3 miles) Chicago

    Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers...and it's FREE! Kids can encounter animals from all over the planet, just minutes north of Chicago!

  • Brookfield Zoo

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    (11 miles) Brookfield

    216 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with lots of beautiful animals waiting for families to visit them! An animal-tastic family day out in Chicago - both fun AND educational!

  • Cosley Zoo

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    (25 miles) Wheaton

    Under 200 animals at this sweet Illinois zoo - AND all kids under 17s get in FREE!

  • Kline Creek Farm

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    (27 miles) West Chicago

    A fascinating look back in time at an 1890s DuPage Country Farmstead. Costumed interpreters and cute animals ready for those kids!

  • The Washington Park Zoo

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    (39 miles) Michigan City

    Founded in 1928, this great Indiana zoo encompasses 15 acres ,and is home to more than 200 animals from all over the world!

  • Summerfield Zoo

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    (66 miles) Belvidere

    From the Alligators to the Zebra, this sweet Illinois zoo and farm has family fun, education, and entertainment! Great for those personal animal experiences!

  • Green Meadows Petting Farm

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    (70 miles) East Troy

    A fun and educational animal petting zoo with interactive animal experiences, pony rides, hay rides and even kittens!

  • Deer Forest Petting Zoo

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    (72 miles) Coloma

    Deer Forest is an animal petting zoo and fun park. You can feed the deer and other animals up close. It also offers kiddie amusement rides, storybook lane, miniature golf, large playground, ...

  • Potawatomi Zoo

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    (74 miles) South Bend

    Explore over 160 species of animals over 23 acres in this very special zoo in South Bend, with a rich history and great learning fun for kids!

  • Little Beans Cafe

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    (4 miles) Chicago

    A fun, creative and imaginative indoor play space for those Chicago kids ages up to 6 years! Open play, camps, birthday parties, and a whole lot of fun!

  • Purple Monkey Playroom

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    (4 miles) Chicago

    Purple Monkey Playroom is a bright, fun, and nurturing play destination for infants to preschoolers, and their parents.

  • Go Bananas

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    (11 miles) Norridge

    Amusement park rides, pizza, indoor play, toddler zones, and jungle fun? It must be an incredible family entertainment experience in Illinois!

  • Exploritorium

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    (12 miles) Skokie

    The Exploritorium is a incredible place where children and adults can come and explore together through interactive play!

  • Monkey Island

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    (12 miles) Melrose Park

    Bounce, slide, jump and climb in the largest indoor-playground in Chicago! Kids can enjoy 100,000 sq ft. of pure fun!

  • Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center

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    (12 miles) Burbank

    Haunted Trails Burbank comprises of a 3.5 acre site located on Harlem Avenue in Burbank, IL near 79th Street. Attractions include miniature golf, go karts, kiddie karts, batting cages, rides, games, ...

  • Jump Zone

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    (14 miles) Chicago Ridge

    11,000 square feet of all bouncing fun! With 10 super fun inflatables for kids aged 2 - 12.

  • Legoland Discovery Center Chicago

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    (24 miles) Schaumburg

    An indoor family entertainment destination and play center with over three million LEGO® bricks and nine attractions!

  • Kids Town

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    (24 miles) Wheaton

    Over a dozen elaborately themed play areas that feature colorful decor, costumes and equipment in a wide range of tiny town style buildings with something for everyone.

  • Yu Kids Island Chicago

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    (24 miles) Schaumberg

    Fun indoor play for kids with over 10 attractions for to play with...from dancing balloons to an enormous revolving tree! An all weather option for kids of most ages.

  • My Gym Wheaton

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    (24 miles) Wheaton

    Classes and programs in Wheaton, Illinois where kids can engage in activities designed to develop their senses, as well as coordination, balance, strength and social skills too!

  • Xtreme Trampolines

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    (25 miles) Carol Stream

    Is the first ever indoor Trampoline Park in the Chicagoland area. We are excited to bring jumping joy to all those trampoline lovers in Illinois. We do birthdays too!

  • Nibbles Play Cafe

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    (25 miles) Wheeling

    Serving north/northshore suburbsof chicago, nibbles' is a family-friendly restaurant with kids indoor play areas. A great venue for 1st/first birthdays, kids birthdays and other family party/parties.

  • FireZone

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    (25 miles) Schaumburg

    A unique interactive indoor play center, allowing a fun, hands-on look into the world of firefighting. Limited opening times.

  • Jump Zone of Schaumburg

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    (25 miles) Schaumburg

    Fun indoor open play and party center in Schaumburg, with plenty of inflatables for those active kids!

  • Funflatables

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    (25 miles) Bloomingdale

    Bounce into 5,000 square feet of fun and interactive combo inflatables based in the kid zone of Stratford Square Mall.

  • Kidstreet at Grounds for Hope Cafe

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    (25 miles) Lisle

    offers an intriguing multi level adventure play frame which features all the classic fun features one expects including slides, plus dedicated toddler zone.

  • Jump Zone Buffalo Grove

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    (25 miles) Buffalo Grove

    Fun open play with inflatables in Buffalo Grove, great for active kids who love to BOUNCE!

  • Jaks Warehouse

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    (26 miles) Schererville

    Indoor fun for active kids in Indiana, with bumper cars, mini golf, climbing structures and more!

  • Bellaboos Childrens Play and Discovery Center

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    (27 miles) Lake Station

    A fun indoor children's play center with both indoor AND outdoor play! Great for those kids under 9 years who can enjoy unstructured and imaginative play!

  • The Blast Zone

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    (30 miles) Vernon Hills

    Indoor play with Turbo Tubs, sharpen your skills with the Bazooka Ball Blasters or jump from the giant Jumpit trampolines into a massive foam pit!