Zoos in GARY with kids

It’s animal time in Gary, Indiana and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Gary because this The Hoosier State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Shedd Aquarium

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    (23 miles) Chicago

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

  • The Washington Park Zoo

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    (25 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!

  • Lincoln Park Zoo

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    (27 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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    (30 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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    (44 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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    (47 miles) West Chicago

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

  • Potawatomi Zoo

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    (59 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!

  • Deer Forest Petting Zoo

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    (69 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, ...

  • Wolf Park

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    (78 miles) Battle Ground

    Explore this wolf conservation park with 18 wolves, as well as coyotes, red foxes and a herd of bison!

  • Columbian Park Zoo

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    (85 miles) Lafayette

    Columbian Park Zoo is home to over 190 animals representing 79 different species. The zoo offers a variety of education programs throughout the year, inspiring an appreciation for the world's ...

  • Summerfield Zoo

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    (88 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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    (94 miles) East Troy

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

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  • Bellaboos Childrens Play and Discovery Center

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    (3 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!

  • Jaks Warehouse

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    (8 miles) Schererville

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

  • Jump Zone

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    (24 miles) Chicago Ridge

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

  • Little Beans Cafe

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    (28 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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    (29 miles) Chicago

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

  • Monkey Island

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    (34 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!

  • Go Bananas

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    (35 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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    (36 miles) Skokie

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

  • Kidstreet at Grounds for Hope Cafe

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    (41 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.

  • Kids Town

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    (42 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.

  • My Gym Wheaton

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    (42 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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    (45 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!

  • Gymboree Play and Music of Naperville

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    (46 miles) Naperville

    A fun, special and creative selection of classes for kids up to 5 years of age to play, learn, and develop.

  • My Gym Aurora

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    (46 miles) Aurora

    My Gym Kids grow by leaps and bounds. Physical benefits include increased strength, balance, fitness, coordination, and motor skills. My Gym Kids develop a greater level of confidence and self-esteem ...

  • Funflatables

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    (46 miles) Bloomingdale

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

  • Airtastic Play Land

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    (47 miles) Aurora

    Airtastic is a Play Land that offers a fun and exciting outdoor playground - indoors - where kids can get active in a colorful and safe environment!

  • Legoland Discovery Center Chicago

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    (47 miles) Schaumburg

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

  • Yu Kids Island Chicago

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    (47 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.

  • FireZone

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    (48 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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    (48 miles) Schaumburg

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

  • Nibbles Play Cafe

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    (49 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.

  • Jump Zone Buffalo Grove

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    (50 miles) Buffalo Grove

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

  • Funway

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    (52 miles) Batavia

    Indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family with 5 acres of games and activities!