Arts and Crafts in Illinois with kids

Who’s ready to have an ART attack! Arts & Crafts are such a great way for kids to get creative and express themselves, and in Illinois there are certainly plenty of places ready to help them!

The Prairie State is filled with painting studios, pottery workshops and other artistic activities which are perfectly suited for those younger art lovers. It’s a great way for kids to get their hands messy, and just have a great time with the family making something special.

Whether kids want to paint, sketch, draw, mould, glue, cut or shape…Illinois is FILLED with creative places for them to let their inner Picasso shine through!

Some places offer lessons which are great for them to learn the basic techniques, and other places offer pre-made pottery items so they can get straight to painting. 

Let Illinois inspire creativity and give your family a CRAFTY family day out! 

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  • Messy Palette Art Studio

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    Rockford

    Fun and creative art classes for kids aged 18 months all the way to 13 years, as well as kids birthday parties and kids gallery nights!

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  • Six Flags Great America

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    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 ...

  • Pirates Cove Childrens Theme Park

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    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 ...

  • Santas Village Azoosment Park

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    East Dundee

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

  • Magic Waters Waterpark

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    Cherry Valley

    Cool off in summer at this family water park, with great attractions for the whole family including slides, rivers, and the largest wave pool in Illinois!

  • Raging Rivers Water Park

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    Grafton

    Fun in the sun over summer at this family friendly Illinois water park! With wave pools, rivers, slides and swirlpools...great fun for all ages!

  • Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort

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    Utica

    Great indoor water fun at this resort, with day passes available. 24,000 square feet of play zones, slides and lazy rivers! Great Illinois water fun all year round!

  • Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park

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    Woodridge

    The exciting water attractions and green open space of Cypress Cove offer thrills and relaxation for all ages. Morning and evening swim lessons are offered.

  • Joliet Splash Station

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    Joliet

    Splashing family fun with this Illinois water park, with tunnels, slides, rapids, ravines, and tubes!

  • Raging Waves

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    Yorkville

    7 major slides, wave pool, lazy river, 2 shallow interactive play areas for kids, giant sandbox, family shows PLUS zip line adventure course and Outback Road Rally!

  • Splash Valley

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    Kankakee

    Splash Valley Aquatic Park’s attractions range from Rip-Roaring waters, to a zero-depth play ground, to a tropical sand pit. With all this and more, Splash Valley promises to be the hottest place ...

  • Skokie Water Playground

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    Skokie

    A fun place for the family to cool off in summer, this community water park has slides, play areas and a spray ground!

  • Pavilion Aquatic Center

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    Elk Grove Village

    Indoor and outdoor lap pools, lagoons, water slides, lessons, parties, and much more in this community aquatic center in Elk Grove!

  • Rainbow Falls Waterpark

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    Elk Grove

    A tropical paradise of thrills and excitement in Illinois! Kids can enjoy a fun house, giant water slides, tot pool, lazy river and more!

  • Belvidere Park and Ganster Pool

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    Waukegan

    105 acre parkland with plenty of sporting opportunities and play areas. Within it is a small waterpark, including fun features, toddlers' wading pool and multi level diving boards.

  • The Water Works

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    Schaumburg

    Splashtastic family fun for the day at this indoor water park loved by kids!

  • CoCo Key Indoor Water Park

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    Rockford

    CoCo Key is Northern Illinois' ONLY all indoor water park! Splash-tastic attractions, a fun arcade with redemption prizes, birthday party rooms, private cabanas, snack bars…get ready to cool down!

  • Coral Cove Water Park

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    Carol stream

    A fun, beach-themed water park with multiple pools and water play features: Two awesome tube waterslides, A deep-water plunge pool with a drop-slide and diving board, large walk-in swimming pool, ...

  • Aquatics and Nature Museum

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    Round Lake

    offer 2 beach entry pools, 1 with interactive water play features including water slide, the other for more serious swimming. Also on site is the interactive Prairie Grass Nature Museum and ...

  • Shedd Aquarium

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    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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    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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    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!

  • Glen Oak Zoo

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    Peoria

    The zoo aims enhance the greater Peoria area and its appeal by providing environments for people to discover, explore, preserve and enjoy the wonders of our natural world.

  • Henson Robinson Zoo

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    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. ...

  • Summerfield Zoo

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    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!

  • Scovill Zoo

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    Decatur

    Animal lovers of all ages can visit South African cheetahs, an Australian wallaby, and golden lion tamarins from Brazil, to name just a few!

  • Niabi Zoo

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    Coal Valley

    900 animals representing 160 species on 40 acres. Includes children's zoo, carousel, playground and miniature train. Animal fun in Illinois!

  • Cosley Zoo

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    Wheaton

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

  • Kline Creek Farm

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    West Chicago

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

  • Miller Park Zoo

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    Bloomington

    Offers an extensive collection of well cared for animals, reptiles and birds from around the word, with a daily animal feeding schedule, plus keeper talks and interaction opportunities.

  • Wildlife Prairie Park

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    Hanna City

    2,000 acre of beautiful parkland with a wildlife park home to 150 creatures over 50 species. With a fishing lake, mountain bike tracks and hiking tracks, this really is an outdoor adventure for the ...

  • 360 Chicago

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    Chicago

    360 Chicago will take you to amazing heights with a unique open-air skywalk - 94 stories above the windy city!

  • Springfield Walks

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    Springfield

    Fun and fascinating walking tours around the wonderful city of Springfield, Illinois. Includes a full haunted history tour! Great for kids aged 5 and up.

  • Rink Side Sports and Family Entertainment Center

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    Gurnee

    Rink Side Family Entertainment Center is an indoor facility that has SOMETHING FUN FOR EVERYONE-all under one roof! Along with the Ice Rink we have: Mini Golf! A Laser Tag Arena! Hundreds of Video & ...

  • Rocksome Gardens

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    Arcola

    Rockome Gardens are well known in central Illinois as a family tourist attraction and Amish theme park. The park entertainments are low-key, such as a horse-drawn carriage ride down to the river, or ...