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Indianapolis
The President Benjamin Harrison Home is the former residence of President Benjamin Harrison (1889 to 1893). This museum is dedicated to his achievements and his impact on United States history.
Indianapolis Zoo
(164 Miles)
Indianapolis
Since opening in 1964, the Indianapolis Zoo has grown into a world-class facility hosting a million visitors each year and playing a major role in worldwide conservation and research. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for thin...
Indianapolis
The Indiana State Museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in India...
Wisconsin Dells
From the extreme to the sublime, the indoor and outdoor waterparks at Chula Vista Resort have been designed to meet the needs for everyone. With state of the art slides, relaxing lazy river, private pool side cabanas and Magnificent mega arcade
Indianapolis
Offers national standard skating facilities but also welcomes families and kids for public sessions. Lessons are available in hockey, figure and speed skating as well as standard beginners' tuition.
Muncie
The Muncie Children's Museum is a fun and safe learning environment for children, as well as parents. It sets out to serve the children of East Central Indiana by expanding their knowledge with the use of thought-provoking and interactive exhibits. P...
Plainfield
Their patented style of fun with trampoline covered floors and walls provided high level angular bounces kids can't get enough of. Session types include open jump, 3D Dodgeball and SkyRobics fitness classes.
Geneva
Dip into Amish history with traditional (or slightly more luxurious!) camping and activities such as swimming, fishing, playgrounds, bingo, gospel music, open air movie showings and of course the famous free kettle popcorn!
Jackson
Indoor bounce house for children. Seven large bounce toys, play areas, drawing area, baby area, birthday rooms for parties. Television and internet for parents. Lots of bouncing fun!
Jackson
Classic family friendly roller skating, plus laser tag arena!
Sheridan
Aimed squarely at families so lots of areas for kids of all ages, plus some thrills for you and the big 'uns!
Jackson
Come and enjoy over 150 acres of beautiful river bottom land, view the nature center and enjoy picnic areas and an observation tower.
Lewistown
The Dickson Mounds Museum, a branch of the Illinois State Museum and a National Historic Site, is one of the major on-site archaeological museums in the United States. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the world of the American Indian in an a...
Terre Haute
The Terre Haute Children's Museum opened its doors in 1988 in the basement of the Central Christian Church. Since its early beginnings, it has more than doubled in size and has educated over 230,000 adults and children from over 22 counties in Indian...
Menasha
The Barlow Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley opened to the public on March 20, 1998. This is a world-class facility for 3-D excitement, giant full-color special effects and crystal-clear, five-channel, 10,000 watt THX surround ...
Holt
Indoor rink and open year round. Weekly under 7s only session open to parents with strollers and kids with ride ons, push toys and other non pedal toys.
Muncie
Visit the Museum and view the largest collection of model aircraft in the United States. Discover how aeromodeling helped change the world of aviation and examine the astonishing craftsmanship and artistry of its masters.
Lansing
The Transpired Solar Collector System and Exhibit was designed to: Educate children about clean energy alternatives and the environmental impact of using resources.Generate interest in renewable energy resources.
Potter Park Zoo
(168 Miles)
Lansing
The Potter Park Zoological Society, a non-profit private sector organization, is dedicated to the support of the Potter Park Zoo through preserving, protecting, and exhibiting selected members of the animal kingdom so that future generations of manki...
East Mattoon
The Visitor Centre offers some live exhibits, plus interactive exhibits, multi sensory displays and a birdhide and observation area.
The Bouncin Barn
(169 Miles)
Terre Haute
Great exercise for the kids on rainy days and in the winter. Also, basketball gym too!
Appleton
From historical photos of people, buildings, and machines to samples of pulp and paper, there's lots to touch, smell, and examine. Play space included.
Appleton
Inside the walls of the History Museum, the past comes alive through the stories, photographs and artifacts of people of the Fox Valley. Our mission is to inspire appreciation for the rich history of the Fox River Valley area communities through the ...
Appleton
The museum has many hands on exhibits that children can enjoy in subjects such as: science,the arts and cultures.
Appleton
What will you find on a visit to The Building for Kids? You never know! It might be an appearance by a children's book character, a scientist doing the "impossible", or maybe that one art project that ignites a new passion in your child.
Lansing Charter Township
Bouncing heaven for 2 to 12 year olds on seven big inflatables that include obstacle courses, slides, bouncers and other fun, clean and colourful features to entertain and exhaust.
Terre Haute
Golf, Playland, NasKarts, Climbing Wall, Bungee Trampoline, Tilt-a-Whirl, Bulgy the Whale and the NEW Colts Express Carousel
Funset Boulevard
(170 Miles)
Appleton
Along with over 100 arcade games, Funset offers even more unique family fun including Laser Tag, outdoor mini-golf and batting cages, bumper cars, a carousel, a kids' playroom and so much more.
Indianapolis
Greatimes Family Fun Park, Indianapolis' best amusement park, is a five acre complex complete with 22,000' indoor, multi-level arcade, an indoor playland, as well as the latest video and redemption games. Greatimes has activities for all ages.
Laserquest
(171 Miles)
Appleton
Laser Quest combines the classic games of tag and hide & seek with a high-tech twist. Donning the most sophisticated laser tag equipment available, the game is played in a large, multi-level arena featuring specialty lighting, swirling fog and heart-...
Appleton
Featuring laser maze and tag, go karts, inflatable play, mini golf, mini bowling and gaming arcade.
Richland Center
Galaxie Skate Center Roller/Inline Skating Rink was founded in 1972, Galaxie Skate Center of Richland Center, WI is an indoor rink and open year round.
Play
(173 Miles)
East Lansing
East Lansing's own eco-friendly, indoor playspace full of activities for infants, toddlers, and children up to six years old.
Play
(173 Miles)
East lansing
PLAY is modern, eco-friendly, indoor playground and party center for young children. It's safe, clean, climate controlled, and fun! PLAY was built for kids, designed for grown-ups.
Extreme Fun
(174 Miles)
Okemos
We are a family owed indoor bounce house fun center. We are located in the Meridian Mall and specialize in birthday parties and open time play. We are open to the public during mall hours.
Saint Johns
Transport yourself into a real life video game with indoor or outdoor laser tag!
St Johns
Andy T's family fun farm with a fresh fruit and vegetable market, flowers, nursery stock, u-pick, hayrides, holiday trees, a farm fresh bakery, 6 acre corn maze, petting farm , straw maze and make your own caramel apples. Stop by for locally grown pr...
St Francis Play Area
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(174 Miles)
Greenwood
A welcome respite for children in the shopping experience, with a small physical play area featuring learning toys and some equipment.
Springfield
A fascinating, historical and educational day with the whole family as you walk through the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.
Springfield
The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois' natural, cultural, and artistic heritage. The Museum's extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs ...
Grass Lake
Horseback Trail Riding at Waterloo Rec.
Dyersville
Is this Heaven? No, it's Iowa. A place of fertile soil, traditional values and simple pleasure. And in Dyersville, Iowa, at the century-old Lansing family farm with its quaint, and oh so recognizable house, baseball still ranks as a favorite pastime ...
Springfield
The zoo is now home to more than 300 animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia and North and South America. Over 90 species of native and exotic animals are housed here among naturalistic exhibits. The zoo participates in scientific research studies ...
Green Bay
At the National Railroad Museum we strive to introduce visitors to a chapter in national history that brought wealth and modernity to millions of Americans. Learning about the history of rail allows us to connect the political, cultural and economic ...
Springfield
Slides, Rides, Games, & Fun! Illinois Favorite Family Fun Park Is "...Where The Action Is!" Feel like practicing your batting swing? Come to where the action is. Ready to cool down from the summer heat with water slides & a wave pool? Come to wher...
Green Bay
Relive the most exciting moments in Packers and football history at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Pure Packers adrenaline fills this 25,000-square-foot area where you can see, touch and feel over 80 years of riveting history. There are nearly 8...
Dyersville
The National Farm Toy Museum welcomes kids of all ages to explore the thousands of tractors, implements, farm dioramas, toy-manufacturing displays, and pedal tractors on exhibit around the museum. Open seven days a week, plan today to visit the numb...
Green Bay
The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful 700-acre urban wildlife refuge. We are one of the largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Sites in Wisconsin. We are also Green Bay's largest city park. The Sanctuary is open to the public year 'round with no...
Green Bay
Great family fun is what we are all about! We have something for every one, ranging from our go-karts and 1/4 mile twisting curving track, mega min-golf and bumper boats, to our batting cages and paintball target range. There's nothing like our go-ka...
Green Bay
A fun family amusement park with inexpensive rides. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Wisconsin

Top 10 most viewed fun things to do near Chicago with kids

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Pirates Cove Childrens Theme Park

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Kids Town

(24 Miles) Indoor Play in Wheaton

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Legoland Discovery Center Chicago

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Safariland

(19 Miles) Indoor Play in Villa Park

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Monkey Island

(12 Miles) Indoor Play in Melrose Park

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Mayan Adventure Indoor Waterpark

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FireZone

(25 Miles) Indoor Play in Schaumburg

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PIX 5D Cinema

(24 Miles) Childrens Entertainment in Schaumburg

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TreeHouse

(31 Miles) Indoor Play in Lake Zurich

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Enchanted Castle Family Fun Center

(20 Miles) Indoor Play in Lombard

Fun places to visit in Chicago with kids

Illinois is the kind of fun place that both adults and kids will enjoy – your only problem, is going to be finding the time to fit all the great places to visit in! Because many of Illinois's must-see attractions offer kid-friendly activities and exhibits, you won't have to miss out on any of the state's diverse culture and history. As you explore the multitude of fun things to do in Illinois with kids, you'll definitely create memories that will last and last - and you can watch them back on video for years to come if you’ve got a shocking memory like me!

Find other fun things to do with kids in nearby states

There are so many fun places to go with kids in Illinois - great zoos and aquariums, museums, theme parks, water parks and swimming pools, places to visit outdoors (many of which are cheap or free), great historical places of interest, activities and indoor play centres for toddlers as well as the usual family tourist attractions - take a look above, lots of the best things to do with children in IL