Zoos in Illinois with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Illinois because The Prairie State 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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    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 ...

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  • 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 ...

  • Carbondale Fun Park

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    Carbondale

    This great family amusement park features go-carting, miniature golf and a games center with lots of video games and fun! One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do ...

  • Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center

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    Joliet

    Haunted Trails in Joliet is one of three Chicagoland family entertainment centers comprising the Trails Entertainment Center Corporation. It began as a small arcade and miniature golf facility in ...

  • 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, ...

  • Enchanted Castle Family Fun Center

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    Lombard

    Attractions include laser tag, miniature golf, indoor go-karts, bumper cars, a children\\\'s softplay area, 250 games, and dining accomodations for 625 guests featuring karaoke, an animatronics stage ...

  • Hidden Cove Family Fun Park

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    Bourbonnais

    Our year around facility offers indoor and outdoor activities. The indoor activities include: a roller skating rink, giant 3 stall slide, bumper cars, fun jungle, outdoor paintball field, miniature ...

  • Going Bonkers

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    Quincy

    A great place to meet new friends, play arcade games, eat good food and exercise while playing on the largest indoor playground, in climate controlled comfort. One of the many fun family places to go ...

  • 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.

  • Crete Family Fun Center

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    Crete

    From mini golf to the best arcade games around, we’ve got enough entertainment for the whole family!

  • 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

    The TreeHouse is pioneering a new concept called "unplugged" indoor play for children. At the TreeHouse kids don't need noisy arcade games, electronics or flashing lights to have fun. You can expect ...

  • 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!