Theme Parks in Illinois with kids

Get ready to spin, scream, laugh, drop and soar because it’s Theme Park time in Illinois. Theme Parks are a great way to spend the day with the family - no matter what age.

From the fastest and loudest theme parks, to those family friendly amusement parks, The Prairie State offers you the perfect places to go for that family fun. 

The smallest dare devils in the family will always find age appropriate rides perfect for them, and often in the same park that those older thrill seekers can close their eyes and brave the tallest and fastest thrill rides! 

There is ALWAYS plenty of kids fun at the many theme parks you can find across this great state.

Hold on tight…because Illinois is ready to give your family a host of fun things to do with kids all year round - Theme Park style!

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  • Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park

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    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!

  • 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!

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  • 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

    Over 90 species from all over the world at this beautiful Springfield Zoo, giving kids a great day of animal-tastic learning!

  • 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 ...

  • Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center

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    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, ...

  • Going Bonkers

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    Quincy

    Experience a HUGE indoor playground, with bouncers, slides, play structures, toddler area, and arcade...where kids AND adults can play!

  • Kids Town

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    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.

  • Funway

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    Batavia

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

  • Airtastic Play Land

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    Aurora

    Airtastic is a Play Land that offers a fun and exciting play experience where children can increase their physical activity with family and friends.

  • FireZone

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    Schaumburg

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

  • Exploritorium

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    Skokie

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

  • Go Bananas

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    Norridge

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

  • Nickel City

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    Northbrook

    A vast number of video games that operate with just nickels. Race against other friends or work together to beat the entire game. Nickel City has the perfect games for the entire family. over thirty ...

  • Monkey Island

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    Melrose Park

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

  • TreeHouse

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    Lake Zurich

    Visit a fun indoor play center fueled by the imagination of children! Kids of all ages - including parents - can enjoy the many fun play activities in this Lake Zurich fun palace!

  • Xtreme Trampolines

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    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!

  • My Town Playground

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    Island Lake

    Indoor playground for children 6 years and under, with ride ons, toys and play areas.

  • Nibbles Play Cafe

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    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.

  • Stay 2 Play

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    Gurnee

    We are an indoor play space and cafe perfect for your child’s next play date, birthday party, or bout with boredom. Staff supervision means you actually get a break, too.

  • Little Beans Cafe

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    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!

  • Gymboree Play and Music of Naperville

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    Naperville

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

  • Yu Kids Island Chicago

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    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.

  • Legoland Discovery Center Chicago

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    Schaumburg

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