Things to do in VALPARAISO with kids

Indiana is quaint country state filled with rolling hills, charming small towns and sandy dunes, but with the added dash of city vibrancy  for when you fancy it!

Want to know the best thing about Indiana? Only the WORLDS largest children’s museum! The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is an incredible place for kids to explore, learn, and create (and its HUGE!)

Bordering Lake Michigan in the north, Indiana offers beautiful water based activities with their unique dunes, such as at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  In the south, kids can really experience a different culture with Amish Acres as they explore history.

Indiana also has some incredible wildlife opportunities for kids, such as the eye opening Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, and the unique Wolf Creek Habitat.

History comes to life with attractions such as President Benjamin Harrison’s Home, USS LST Ship Memorial and George Rogers Historical Park, and there are plenty of excitement for the whole family at attractions such as Great Times Family Fun Park! 

Lewis and Clark started their northwest journey in Indiana, so what better place than to start your family adventure there too!

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  • Zao Island

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    (1 miles) Valparaiso

    Welcome to Zao Island, now celebrating our 25th year of providing good family fun for people of all ages. Please browse through our website, learn about the attractions and packages we offer, and ...

  • Deep River Waterpark

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    (9 miles) Crown Point

    Make a splash at Northern Indiana's largest family water park, with water fun over summer, and ice skating in winter.

  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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    (13 miles) Porter

    15 miles of Lake Michigan shore line as well as wildlife, sandy beaches, hiking trails, wetlands, and prairies - and an amazing outdoor adventure for the whole family in Indiana!

  • Douglas Center for Environmental Education

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    (13 miles) Gary

    Hike the Miller Woods Trail and through the unique ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in the summer; attend award-winning environmental education programs year round; and when you get ...

  • Bellaboos Childrens Play and Discovery Center

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    (14 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!

  • Crown Point Family Fun Center

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    (16 miles) Crown Point

    Two mini golf courses, one with alligator, go karts, batting and soccer cages, arcade games and more. A well rounded family day out! Features are pay and play.

  • The Washington Park Zoo

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    (19 miles) Michigan City

    Founded in 1928, encompassing 15 acres and is home to more than 200 animals.

  • Zig-Es Funland

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    (21 miles) Saint John

    Zig-E's Funland is filled with fun activities - from laser tag, mini golf, trampolining and and arcade - and perfect for all ages!

  • Jaks Warehouse

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    (21 miles) Schererville

    Includes Ballocity climbing and play structure, Sky Trails, Go-Karts, Bumper Cars and 9 hole Urban Mini Golf course, plus Laser Tag and Laser Maze.

  • Hesston Steam Museum

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    (28 miles) La Porte

    History comes alive at the Hesston Steam Museum as real steam locomotives take you on a spectacular two and a half mile journey through deep woods, past lakes and farm fields.

  • Crete Family Fun Center

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    (30 miles) Crete

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

  • Fair Oaks Farms

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    (34 miles) Fair oaks

    A family destination conveniently located between Chicago and Indianapolis, Fair Oaks Farms is the perfect destination for any playful soul. Hang out with family chow down on the best grilled cheese ...

  • Museum of Science and Industry

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    (35 miles) 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 ...

  • DuSable Museum of African American History

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    (36 miles) 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 ...

  • Fun Time Square

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    (38 miles) Alsip

    Whether bored or without an idea of how to spend your spare time, visit Fun Time Square park - one of Chicagoland's favorite family entertainment center

  • Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park

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    (38 miles) Tinley Park

    Odyssey Fun World feature the latest and high-tech redemption games, video games, rides, and attractions for all ages. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with ...

  • Adler Planeterium

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    (39 miles) Chicago

    Great fun in Chicago - and space! - at the Adler Planetarium, with three theatres and a number of fascinating exhibits.

  • Shedd Aquarium

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    (39 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 Field Museum

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    (39 miles) Chicago

    Travel back in time across 4.6 billion years, where kids can come face to face with a T-Rex, explore an Egyptian Tomb and shrink down to the size of a bug! Great Chicago fun!

  • Historic Navy Pier

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    (40 miles) Chicago

    For over 10 years, Navy Pier has been the place where all of Chicagoland and Tourists alike come together to enjoy all the fun and beauty of a day on Lake Michigan. Navy Pier is a tradition, and when ...

  • Chicago Childrens Museum

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    (40 miles) 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.

  • Jump Zone

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    (41 miles) Chicago Ridge

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

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

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    (41 miles) Chicago

    Explore the world of art as it has been since 1945, with paintings, sculptures and even performance! A very cultural day out for kids in Chicago!

  • Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

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    (41 miles) Chicago

    offers children (ages 4-12) and families the opportunity to learn about art and culture through our weekend, after-school and summer classes.

  • 360 Chicago

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    (41 miles) Chicago

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

  • Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center

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    (43 miles) 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, ...

  • Lincoln Park Zoo

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    (43 miles) Chicago

    Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal ...

  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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    (43 miles) Chicago

    An amazing experience in the heart of Chicago, where the family can have a nature and science filled family day out at this Nature Museum.

  • The Studebaker Museum

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    (44 miles) South Bend

    The Mission of the Studebaker National Museum is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, interpretation, conservation and ...

  • Northern Indiana Center for History

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    (44 miles) South Bend

    If you're looking for a magnificent historic site that showcases an elegant, 38-room Victorian mansion, a charming cottage reflecting the 1930s, a gallery that chronicles local history, a gallery of ...

  • HealthWorks Kids Museum

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    (44 miles) South Bend

    HealthWorks!, a one of a kind place that merges the best of both worlds from children�s museums and health education centers with our own creative spin.

  • Little Beans Cafe

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    (44 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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    (45 miles) Chicago

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

  • Potawatomi Zoo

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    (45 miles) South Bend

    Potawatomi Zoo, located in South Bend, is home to over 400 species on 23 acres. The Zoo is a regional destination serving and educating all who visit. Our history is rich and we are pleased to be a ...

  • Hidden Cove Family Fun Park

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    (46 miles) 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 ...