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Melrose Park
Bounce, slide, jump and climb in the largest indoor-playground in Chicagoland. 40,000 sqf. pure fun.
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 a fun, active, imagination-filled play experience f...
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!
Island Lake
Indoor playground for children 6 years and under, with ride ons, toys and play areas.
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.
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.
Chicago
Little Beans Cafe is a family cafe and imaginative playspace for kids in Chicago, IL. We offer open play, classes, events, camps, birthday parties and more. We also have an adjoining ice cream shop and outdoor play deck.
Western Springs
Features several multi level adventure play structures, interactive inflatables and safe toddler zone.
Naperville
Gymboree Play & Music is the global leader in classes for kids! Gymboree is a great place for moms and kids to make lifelong friends and learn in a fun environment. Gymboree classes are specially designed to help young children learn and develop as ...
Schaumberg
They currently have over 10 attractions for your kids to play around with, including Spinning Palms, Dancing Balloons and the enormous Revolving Tree! An all weather option for kids of most ages.
Vernon Hills
Gear up and drive the Turbo Tubs, sharpen your skills and shoot the Bazooka Ball Blasters or jump from the giant Jumpit trampolines into a massive foam pit! At the Blast Zone there is something fun for everyone.
Buffalo Grove
Jump!Zone is the largest and best inflatable party place in the area. Jump!Zone Buffalo Grove is an indoor play center with 8 massive inflatables, with the most popular themes that children love!
Bloomingdale
5,000 square foot facility featuring many fun and interactive combo inflatables based in the kid zone of Stratford Square Mall.
Ottawa
The Kidz Palace is the ultimate indoor inflatable playground and party zone where a child can play in a clean, safe, family oriented environment rain or shine! We also book parties and go above and beyond !!!
Gurnee
Dodgeball, foam pits, and over 16,000 feet of trampoline! Bring the kids and walk in during open hours for jumping fun for everyone 4 and up!
Chicago
Purple Monkey Playroom is a bright, nurturing destination for young children, parents and caregivers nestled in the heart of Bucktown. We invite you to relax, connect with other adults, and enjoy free coffee, tea and WiFi as your children explore our...
Chicago Ridge
11,000 square feet of all bouncing fun, boasting 10 awesome inflatables for all ages and abilities to entertain and exhaust themselves on! This place has the biggest slides in town, with the Gator Hide N Slide topping 34 feet!
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 in any of the thousands of weekly classes we offer...
Schaumburg
Jump!Zone is an Indoor Inflatable Party and Play Center in Schaumburg. Our facility is very parent friendly with leather couches, bar stools, massage chairs, free wi-fi, and 42' hi def flat panel tvs. Clean, colorful and comfortable for the whole fam...
Lisle
offers an intriguing multi level adventure play frame which features all the classic fun features one expects including slides, plus dedicated toddler zone.
Naperville
Cafe N Play is a community hub where parents and caregivers can enjoy coffee and snacks while their toddlers play in our safe, closed in play area. At Cafe N Play you can set up a playdate, host your child's birthday party or just relax and surf the...
Rockford
one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in the United States from the 1800s. The Cottage is filled with Victorian Era furnishings and artifacts, plus campus contains an Indian Burial Mound, a Victorian Rose Garden and a suspension bridge...
Rockford
Welcome! Burpee Museum is a natural history museum specializing in paleontology, geology, biology, and Native American life. We have three floors of exhibits.
Rockford
The amazing Discovery Center Museum is full of over 250 exciting hands-on exhibits spread over a two-floor area. Out in the museum's backyard, visitors can explore Rock River Discovery Park, a giant, multi-level science park with a hands-on twist! Th...
Union
The Illinois Railway Museum, as you see it today, is the result of decades of effort by a dynamic group of dedicated volunteers. All of the buildings, track, locomotives and cars were assembled here at Union on what was once farmland. We welcome all ...
Chicago
One of the worlds largest science museums, home to more than 35,000 artifacts - nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. Great family place to visit if looking for fun things to do in Chicago with kids
Chicago
The DuSable Museum of African American History is the first museum of its type in the country and is the only major independent institution in Chicago established to preserve and interpret the historical experiences and achievements of African Americ...
Chicago
offers children (ages 4-12) and families the opportunity to learn about art and culture through our weekend, after-school and summer classes.
Chicago
One of the nation\'s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, scul...
Chicago
Your ticket to travel the world and back in time - spanning 4.6 billion years all under one roof. Come face to face with a T. rex. become bug sized in Underground Adventure or go down into an ancient Egyptian tomb - plus special exhibitions and a 3D ...
Chicago
Kids love this place. They stand spellbound as a just-emerged butterfly with untested wings sees the world outside its chrysalis for the very first time. They search for stick bugs camouflaged on a twig. They squish through wetlands discovering why t...
Chicago
Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to create a community where play and learning connect. One of the family places to visit if you're looking for fun things to do in Chicago with kids.
Glenview
- of Greater Chicago is a hands-on learning laboratory for children ages birth to 8. Our 17 hands-on, interactive exhibits are designed to make learning fun for young children. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to d...
Naperville
DuPage Children’s Museum is more than a Museum…we’re a force for early learning! Via interactive exhibits and programs that make learning fun for children and adults playing together, DuPage Children's Museum helps develop curiosity, creativity...
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...
Peoria
The museum features exhibition galleries, Planetarium, Illinois Folk Art Gallery, Discovery Center, valuable collections of fine arts, folk arts and natural history, and educational programming for all ages. Lakeview is the largest private museum in ...
Macomb
Founded in 1975, the Museum of Geology is an arm of Western Illinois University\'s Department of Geology. Originally conceived as a learning resource center for students enrolled in the natural sciences, it also serves the general public and is dedic...
Arcola
The Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum opened to the public in May of 1999, in Arcola, Illinois. We are the only officially licensed Raggedy Ann & Andy museum in the world!
Monticello
Monticello Railway Museum, an all-volunteer organization in central Illinois with an operational railroad yard open to the public. We offer train rides on weekends from May through October, regardless of weather conditions
Rantoul
The Chanute Air Museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets aviation and aerospace artifacts that relate to the life and accomplishments of Octave Chanute, Chanute Field/Chanute Air Force Base and its technical training programs, the history...
Champaign
Orpheum Children\'s Science Museum Where Science Takes Center Stage! We provide children of all ages the chance to explore and learn science at their own pace in an informal setting. Our exhibits are designed to be fun, but also to teach about sc...
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 ...
East Alton
This 12,000-square-foot facility is the result of a collaboration of the Corps and the nonprofit Meeting of the Great Rivers Foundation and tells the story of the Mississippi River. The Museum features state of the art interactive displays and exhibi...
Rockford
Interpreters in authentic period clothing bring Northern Illinois history to life in authentic Midway Village and engage students through a variety of hands-on activities--from rope making to operating a turn-of-the-20th century printing press.
Decatur
The Childrens Museum of Illinois is a hands-on, interactive museum for children ages three to twelve! Its exhibits and activities complement and enhance childrens educational opportunities, particularly in the arts and sciences.
Galesburg
Visit the museum for a story and related activity. FREE programming designed for 3-8 year olds and their adult companions. On RIF days, as part of the Reading Is Fundamental Program, children will also be able to choose from a variety of titles, the...
Aurora
SciTech "hands-on" museum boasts over 200 interative exhibits, daily shows, special events and activities. Try the outdoor physics park and ride a bike on a rope, the giant You-yo, and so much more. Just the right size for hours of fun for the whole...
Bourbonnais
Children can climb inside the tower of a medieval castle, fly a jet plane, sail on a ship, become a soda shop clerk, drive a tractor and much more in this hands on discovery experience.
Wauconda
Showcases aspects of local history using intriguing exhibits and hands on features to keep learning fun. Permanent and travelling exhibitions.
Normal
3 vast floors full of interactive experiment and hands on learning experiences designed to reinforce love of thought and exploration in all ages. Serious fun.

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Fun places to visit in Illinois 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!

Illinois

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