Things to do in Chicago with kids
Chicago - The Windy City! (Kids - don’t worry, you won’t get blown away!). Chicago is a great, vibrant city for the whole family to explore - and most important - it’s great kids fun!
You will be spoilt for choice for fun things to do with kids, with all the exciting interactive experiences to immerse themselves in, such as the Adler Planetarium or the Shedd Aquarium, museums to educate and captivate their creative minds such as the fascinating Museum of Contemporary Art, and a host of really fun FREE activities including some really great experiences if you know where to look - like the Peggy Notebaert Museum which offers free entry on certain days.
If engaging activities for the really little city explorers are what you are looking for, then Chicago certainly delivers with activities like the playfully named Purple Monkey Playroom, and super cool theme parks that the whole family will love, such as the splashingly fun Skokie Water Playground.
Beautiful parks for kids to run around in, fun sandy beaches to play on, and amazingly yummy foods to be enjoyed….sound good?
Chicago - just another big city? Think again!
Visit one of the first parks in Chicago with Grant Park, filled with museums, planetariums, festivals, events and park fun!
Embark on a fun, challenging and educational virtual scavenger hunt around the city of 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!
Shedd aquarium has over 32,000 animals you can come and see (with plenty you can touch!) Underwater family fun in 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!
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.
Great fun in Chicago - and space! - at the Adler Planetarium, with three theatres and a number of fascinating exhibits.
360 Chicago will take you to amazing heights with a unique open-air skywalk - 94 stories above the windy city!
A fun and iconic destination in Chicago where families can stroll, explore, shop and eat! And of course - have family fun!
offers children (ages 4-12) and families the opportunity to learn about art and culture through our weekend, after-school and summer classes.
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!
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.
A huge park in Chicago filled playgrounds, sports, nature, wildlife, and even a zoo!
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 is a bright, fun, and nurturing play destination for infants to preschoolers, and their parents.
Nearly 200 acres of park space in Chicago with tennis courts, playgrounds, a fishing lagoon and even baseball fields...just to name a few!
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....
600 acres of park fun on Chicago's lakefront with playgrounds, a bird sanctuary, and prairies!
Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is 14 acres of hands-on science fun for kids, with exhibits that teach about Earth, technology, space & more!
Over 300 acres of Chicago park fun with gardens, sports activities, playgrounds and programs for kids!
Glow in the dark mini golf for an out of this world family day out, with an arcade too!
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!
The Exploritorium is a incredible place where children and adults can come and explore together through interactive play!
A fun place for the family to cool off in summer, this community water park has slides, play areas and a spray ground!
Haunted Trails is 3.5 acres of family fun in Burbank, with go-karts, mini golf, lazers, mini coaster, batting cages, arcade, and so much more!
Great bouncing fun in Illinois, with trampolines galore! With foam pits, dodgeball, kids areas and more!
11,000 square feet of all bouncing fun! With 10 super fun inflatables for kids aged 2 - 12.
- 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....
Rides, Go-Karts, Bumper Cars & 62,000 sq feet of indoor rides and amusements at this Illinois indoor amusement park - it's Safari Land!
Laser tag, go-karts, mini bowling, lazer frenzy, inflatables and much more in this family fun center - great for those active kids!
Audubon Skate Park is an 11,000 sq ft, indoor, unheated park featuring launch ramps, quarter pipes, mini pipes, all sorts of ledges, rails, and more.
A tropical paradise of thrills and excitement in Illinois! Kids can enjoy a fun house, giant water slides, tot pool, lazy river and more!
A vast number of video games that operate with just nickels, with classic games on FREE play, from Pacman, Ms. Pacman, to Contra!
Indoor and outdoor lap pools, lagoons, water slides, lessons, parties, and much more in this community aquatic center in Elk Grove!
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 swashbucklers!
Feel the rush of the country's premier indoor electric kart track in Addison, Illinois!
Enormous open air facility offering global plant life, storytelling tree-houses, children's garden interactive play zone, open air tram ride and miles of nature trails.
The exciting water attractions and green open space of Cypress Cove offer thrills and relaxation for all ages, with slides, tubes, drops, flumes, waves, and more!
An indoor family entertainment destination and play center with over three million LEGO® bricks and nine attractions!
Kids Town is a unique, exciting and safe indoor space with themed areas to encourage kids imagination as they play! Creative fun in Illinois!
Seven Bridges Ice Arena is a premier family ice sports complex in the Greater Chicagoland Area featuring one NHL Rink, one Olympic Rink, and indoor soccer field.
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.
Classes and programs in Wheaton, Illinois where kids can engage in activities designed to develop their senses, as well as coordination, balance, strength and social skills too!
Fun for active kids at this popular trampoline park in Illinois, with wall to wall trampolines, foam pit, balance beam, climbing wall & more!
Odyssey Fun World feature the latest and high-tech redemption games, video games, rides, and attractions for all ages!
FireZone is a unique interactive indoor play center with a fun, hands-on look into the world of firefighting in Illinois!
Fun indoor open play and party center in Schaumburg, with plenty of inflatables for those active kids!
Feel that inner racer inside you come to life with indoor go-kart racing! They also offer birthday parties and safe, electric karts. Driving fun for the family in Illinois! Vrrom Vroom!
Under 200 animals at this sweet Illinois zoo - AND all kids under 17s get in FREE!
Bounce into 5,000 square feet of fun and interactive combo inflatables based in the kid zone of Stratford Square Mall.
KidStreet offers an intriguing multi level adventure play frame suitable for kids up to 7 years, with a cafe for the parents!
Fun open play with inflatables in Buffalo Grove, great for active kids who love to BOUNCE!
Experience the world's most unusual golf course, with two 18 hole courses, 19 moving obstacles, and 7 water holes to challenge kids over 48" in Illinois!
A fascinating look back in time at an 1890s DuPage Country Farmstead. Costumed interpreters and cute animals ready for those kids!
Coral Cove is a beach themed water park offering large walk-in pool, water slides, plunge pool, playground & more!
Splashtastic family fun for the day at this indoor water park loved by kids!
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, thin....
Our facility offers 18,000 sq. ft. of climbing on 3 different wall types. Our facility offers everything from auto-belay to top rope to lead on vertical to vastly overhanging walls. We even have a kid's area with a carved tree and huecos.
Trampoline fun in Illinois, with open bounce, foam pits, dodgeball court and area just for those little ones! A family day out that's sky high!
Step into a real life video game with combat style fun and infrared lazers in this great experience for active kids over 8 years!
Indoor play with Turbo Tubs, sharpen your skills with the Bazooka Ball Blasters or jump from the giant Jumpit trampolines into a massive foam pit!
A fun, special and creative selection of classes for kids up to 5 years of age to play, learn, and develop.
Odyssey Fun World feature the latest and high-tech redemption games, video games, rides, and attractions for all ages.
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!
My Gym Aurora offers weekly classes where kids can build strength, balance, fitness, coordination, motor skills & more!
Airtastic is a Play Land that offers a fun and exciting outdoor playground - indoors - where kids can get active in a colorful and safe environment!
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!
Lazer Tag fun for kids over 5 years, in a space themed setting with cool lights and sounds
Dunn Museum features exhibits of the Lake County history including First People, innovations and yes, dinosaurs! Museum fun in Illinois!
So much family fun with roller skating, laser tag, a full arcade, and prize redemption in Crest Hill. Perfect for kids under 14 years. Are you ready to have FUN!?
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.
Indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family with 5 acres of games and activities!
The Fox River Trolley Museum is a great place for the whole family - EDUCATION THROUGH DEMONSTRATION and FUN! There are now two destinations - The Jon Duerr (Blackhawk) Forest Preserve and Castlemuir in South Elgin. The Jon Duerr (Blackhawk) Forest P....
Daily children's and main stage shows, plus participation theatre in the form of classes, summer camps, workshops and audition-based theatrical productions for children ages 6 to 16.
Experience the challenge of the 18-hole inspired falls mini golf as it wraps its way around magnificent waterfalls that dot the course. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Aurora for kids.
Great family fun spending the day in three amusement parks in one...as well as a zoo!
SciTech "hands-on" museum boasts over 200 interative exhibits, daily shows, special events and activities. Hours of fun for kids in Aurora!
From indoor play to art classes, this fun and creative space in Illinois is perfect for kids to use their imagination and play until their heart's content! A great way to spend the day learning, growing, and playing.
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 plenty of new additions and all the old favorites!
Splashing family fun with this Illinois water park, with tunnels, slides, rapids, ravines, and tubes!
Dodgeball, foam pits, and over 16,000 feet of trampoline fun in Illinois! Bring the kids and walk in during open hours for jumping fun for everyone 3 and up!
Amazing kids fun in Gurnee with laser tag, black light mini-golf, Indy 500 Challenge, laser frenzy and even ice skating!
A surprisingly entertaining historical attraction including museums and exhibits but also rides, traditional craft demonstrations and a great deal of scenic open space to run about in.
Community swimming fun at the Round Lake Area Aquatic center, with outdoor pool offering resident discounts
30 acres of automobile fun in Illinois, with Hollywood cars, classic cars and a Kids Zone!
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!
Farm fun with pick your own apples and pumpkins, with seasonal fun including a corn maze, petting zoo and farm market!
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 ....
A fun interactive museum in Illinois where kids can climb inside a medieval castle, fly a jet plane, and sail on a ship - all part of the hands on discovery experience.
The excitement and charm of the Old West come alive in Union, Illinois. Here you can experience life in the style of the Wild West where gunslingers have showdowns, trains run, slingshots are slung and so much more!
From the Alligators to the Zebra, this sweet Illinois zoo and farm has family fun, education, and entertainment! Great for those personal animal experiences!
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!
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!
2 Froggy Jumps is a fun inflatable indoor play center where walk ins are welcome everyday of the week. Air hockey and basketball is there too!
Illinois' Midway Village brings to life a Victorian-era village, with 26 historic buildings, & hands-on activities for kids in a historic family day out!
Kids can enjoy combat style fun at Laser Quest in a large, multi-level arena with specialty lighting, fog and heart-pounding music!
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!
Welcome! Burpee Museum is a natural history museum specializing in paleontology, geology, biology, and Native American life. We have three floors of exhibits.
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....
A step back in time at one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in the USA from the 1800s. Filled with Victorian Era furnishings and artifacts, it also has a fascinating Indian Burial Mound, Victorian Rose Garden and a suspension bridge. ....
Come and get back to nature by exploring a beautiful botanical garden at Klehm Arboretum in Illinois!
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!
Sterling, Illinois brings you that classic retro “spaceship” ticket booth, a playground for the little ones, and full service concession stand - have a 1950s movie experience with the family!
Take a look into the history of Rock Falls Firefighting at this fun fire museum in Illinois - great for kids who love big trucks and learning!
For those aerospace and aviation loving families, this Illinois museum is a great family day out option for you! With real aircraft that kids can get up close to, it's a fascinating look at the history and crafts of the aviation past.
Grass prairie areas, oak and hickory forests, lakes, 3 nature preserves and the 170 acre Lake Mingo. The visitor center offers a 1000 gallon aquarium, natural history museum and American Indian display.
Canoe the Vermilion River, climb the observation tower, camp, picnic and explore using the River Ridge Back Pack Trail.
3 vast floors full of interactive experiment and hands on learning experiences at the Children's Discovery Museum in Illinois!
Ooffers guided trail and pony rides against some spectacular scenery, plus lessons and classes, with all temperament of mounts available to suit all abilities.
Family fun galore with kiddie rides, batting cages, go-karts, bumper boats and bumper cars, as well as pizza too!
Kickapoo State Park is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, with water sports and all kinds of wildlife. Adventures in Illinois!
We have many different rooms and areas for a total of more than 20,000 square feet of variable climbing surface making us one of the largest climbing gyms in North America. Plus massive multi-level bouldering cave and training area.
900 acres of wooded parkland featuring opportunities for fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing and sledding, plus the Hi-Tower Observation Deck.
Miller Park Zoo features an extensive collection animals, reptiles & birds from around the word, with daily animal feeding, keeper talks & more!
A fun, creative and hands-on science museum in Champaign, Illinois where kids can learn and play through interactive exhibits. A great family day out!
In 1979, two guys had many antique and collector autos stored in various places in the Peoria, Illinois area. They started thinking about storing them in one place, such as a building on the north edge of the city. Nothing could be found that suite....
4,000 feet of simulated street-life for kids to practice the rules of the road on, plus a toddler playground! Bike fun in Illinois!
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 ....
Explore the animals of Africa, Asia, Australia, yet next leave Illinois! Peoria Zoo features amazing learning opportunities for kids, and great animal fun!
Self guided experience exploring the history of Caterpillar which includes a motion simulator ride, heritage gallery, vintage vehicles and future concepts.
Peoria Riverfront Museum not only features changing exhibits on various historic people and events, but also planetarium fun & theater shows!
Camping fun for families in the heart of Illinois! With fun activities, beautiful nature and LOTS of kids fun!
A great museum for train lovers, with rail cars on display, exhibits on the history of trains and railroading, as well as weekend trains rides May to October! Choo Choo what a fun family day out in Illinois!
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 whole family.
Follow the yellow brick road into this fun themed garden in Illinois, where kids can travel through forests, Munchinkland, and castles!
A fun and challenging mini golf for the whole family, with elevations, ponds and waterfalls. Geared towards kids but just as fun for adults!
900 animals representing 160 species on 40 acres. Includes children's zoo, carousel, playground and miniature train. Animal fun in Illinois!
Camping fun in the oldest campground in Illinois, with 50 acres set for all campers and tents!
Diverse exhibits encouraging hands-on learning at this children's museum in Illinois, perfect for those inquisitive minds up to 12 years!
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!
The Children's Museum of Illinois is a hands-on, interactive museum for kids aged 3 to 12, with activities based on arts & sciences.
Animal lovers of all ages can visit South African cheetahs, an Australian wallaby, and golden lion tamarins from Brazil, to name just a few!
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....
The Visitor Centre offers some live exhibits, plus interactive exhibits, multi sensory displays and a birdhide and observation area.
A fascinating, historical and educational day with the whole family as you walk through the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.
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 ....
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.
A historic attraction for kids where they can explore the home where Abraham Lincoln lived before becoming president. A trip back in time!
Over 90 species from all over the world at this beautiful Springfield Zoo, giving kids a great day of animal-tastic learning!
Water fun, go-carts, ferris wheels, golf, batting cages and so much more in this Springfield adventure park!