Things to do in Illinois with kids
Illinois is a state seeped in history, excitement and adventure. It was also the state that Abraham Lincoln chose to call home, so that makes it pretty special! (You can even visit his home at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site!)
The Prairie State has thrills and spills ahoy with Pirates Cove Children’s Theme Park, and that classic Six Flags Great America! There are animals a-plenty with attractions like Brookfield Zoo, Summerfield Zoo and Wildlife Prairie Park, and great adventures perfect for those little kids with Safariland!
Museums are never far away featuring an incredible range of exhibits from the Geology Museum and the Chanute Aerospace Museum, to the Monticello Railway Museum and the historic Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum.
Active kids - you will have a field day with attractions such as American Obstacle adventure park, and the very exciting K1 Speed racing!
Illinois has small towns with charm, and big cities with excitement. It’s the heart of America with endless places to visit with kids. Enjoy it, and don’t forget to get your kicks because Illinois is the start of Route 66!
Great family fun spending the day in three amusement parks in one...as well as a zoo!
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!
The Dickson Mounds Museum is 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, with a unique opportunity to explore 12,000 years of human history!
Those infamous thrill rides and family fun is waiting at this iconic Illinois amusement 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 favori....
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!
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.
Over 90 species from all over the world at this beautiful Springfield Zoo, giving kids a great day of animal-tastic learning!
Explore the animals of Africa, Asia, Australia, yet next leave Illinois! Peoria Zoo features amazing learning opportunities for kids, and great animal fun!
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!
From the Alligators to the Zebra, this sweet Illinois zoo and farm has family fun, education, and entertainment! Great for those personal animal experiences!
Animal lovers of all ages can visit South African cheetahs, an Australian wallaby, and golden lion tamarins from Brazil, to name just a few!
900 animals representing 160 species on 40 acres. Includes children's zoo, carousel, playground and miniature train. Animal fun in Illinois!
Under 200 animals at this sweet Illinois zoo - AND all kids under 17s get in FREE!
A fascinating look back in time at an 1890s DuPage Country Farmstead. Costumed interpreters and cute animals ready for those kids!
Shedd aquarium has over 32,000 animals you can come and see (with plenty you can touch!) Possibly one of the best things to do with toddlers in 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!
Miller Park Zoo features an extensive collection animals, reptiles & birds from around the word, with daily animal feeding, keeper talks & more!
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!
Fun in the sun over summer at this family friendly Illinois water park! With wave pools, rivers, slides and swirlpools...great fun for all ages!
Coral Cove is a beach themed water park offering large walk-in pool, water slides, plunge pool, playground & more!
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!
A fun place for the family to cool off in summer, this community water park has slides, kid friendly play areas and a spray ground!
Indoor and outdoor lap pools, lagoons, water slides, lessons, parties, and much more in this community aquatic center in Elk Grove!
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!
Water park fun in Collinsville, Illinois for the whole family with this seasonal outdoor waterpark!
Community swimming fun at the Round Lake Area Aquatic center, with outdoor pool offering resident discounts
A tropical paradise of thrills and excitement in Illinois! Kids can enjoy a fun house, giant water slides, tot pool, lazy river and more!
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.
Outdoor seasonal fun in Marion with this refreshing swimming pool with recreational swimming, swim classes and more!
Splashtastic family fun for the day at this indoor water park loved by kids!
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!
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. ....
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....
One of the best fun things to do in Rockford with kids is the Discovery Center Museum with over 300 exciting hands-on exhibits spread over a two-floor area that offer learning through play for creative and inquisitive kids!
The National Museum of Mexican Art celebrates the richness of Mexican Art, showcasing 3,000 years of creativity from both sides of the border, connecting visitors to Mexican culture.
One of the best places to visit in Springfield with kids is the Illinois State Museum, with both permanent and temporary exhibitions that showcase the rich history of the state!
One of the best fun places to go in Illinois with kids is the Illinois Railway Museum, which has the largest collection of historic railway equipment in America! With over 100 acres of exhibits to explore, there is a LOT of locomotive fun to be had!
Located in downtown Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world's great art museums, with a collection that spans centuries and the globe!
A fascinating exploration of local Williamson County history, located in a former 20th century jail!
Chicago Children's Museum is filled with hands-on fun for kids of all ages, where they can creative, discovery, learn & play all day Great idea for things to do with kids in Chicago on that day out of yours!
Museum of Science and Industry is home to more than 35,000 artifacts - nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark inquiry & creativity!
Children’s Museum of Illinois is a hands-on, interactive museum, with exhibits & activities that encourage learning, particularly in arts & sciences
Interpreters in authentic period clothing bring Northern Illinois history to life at the Midway Village Museum, set on 148 acres!
SciTech "hands-on" museum boasts over 200 interative exhibits, daily shows, special events and activities. Hours of fun for kids in Aurora!
Orpheum Children's Science Museum is 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!
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.
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!
A museum part of the University to allow the general public to understand, learn about and be enriched by Earth Sciences. A fascinating and educational experience for the kids and the parents in Illinois.
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....
A great idea for things to do with toddlers in Chicago is the Kohl Children's Museum, great for creative kids up to 8 years with 17 hands-on, interactive exhibits designed to make learning fun!
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.
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!
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!
Great fun in Chicago - and space! - at the Adler Planetarium, with three theatres and a number of fascinating exhibits.
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!
Diverse exhibits encouraging hands-on learning at this children's museum in Illinois, perfect for those inquisitive minds up to 12 years!
All things fun and play in this colorful Illinois children's museum, with hands-on exhibits perfect for those little ones to learn through play.
30 acres of automobile fun in Illinois, with Hollywood cars, classic cars and a Kids Zone!
This 12,000-square-foot museum tells the story of Great Rivers like the Mississippi River, and how it affects our lives!
Dunn Museum features exhibits of the Lake County history including First People, innovations and yes, dinosaurs! Museum fun in Illinois!
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!
3 vast floors full of interactive experiment and hands on learning experiences at the Children's Discovery Museum in Illinois!
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.
A museum to identify, preserve, and portray outstanding achievements in African American history and culture.
Welcome! Burpee Museum is a natural history museum specializing in paleontology, geology, biology, and Native American life. We have three floors of exhibits.
Bounce, slide, jump and climb in the largest indoor-playground in Chicago! Kids can enjoy 100,000 sq ft. of pure fun!
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.
Bounce into 5,000 square feet of fun and interactive combo inflatables based in the kid zone of Stratford Square Mall.
Fun open play with inflatables in Buffalo Grove, great for active kids who love to BOUNCE!
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!
An indoor family entertainment destination and play center with over three million LEGO® bricks and nine attractions!
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!
Kids Town is a unique, exciting and safe indoor space with themed areas to encourage kids imagination as they play! Creative fun in Illinois!
KidStreet offers an intriguing multi level adventure play frame suitable for kids up to 7 years, with a cafe for the parents!
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!
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!
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!
The Exploritorium is a incredible place where children and adults can come and explore together through interactive play!
FireZone is a unique interactive indoor play center with a fun, hands-on look into the world of firefighting in Illinois!
Indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family with 5 acres of games and activities!
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!
My Gym Aurora offers weekly classes where kids can build strength, balance, fitness, coordination, motor skills & more!
11,000 square feet of all bouncing fun! With 10 super fun inflatables for kids aged 2 - 12.
Purple Monkey Playroom is a bright, fun, and nurturing play destination for infants to preschoolers, and their parents. A great idea for things to do with toddlers in Chicago
Fun indoor open play and party center in Schaumburg, with plenty of inflatables for those active kids!
Experience a HUGE indoor playground, with bouncers, slides, play structures, toddler area, and arcade...where kids AND adults can play!
A fun, special and creative selection of classes for kids up to 5 years of age to play, learn, and develop.
Feel the rush of the country's premier indoor electric kart track in Addison, Illinois!
Water fun, go-carts, ferris wheels, golf, batting cages and so much more in this Springfield adventure park!
Laser tag, go-karts, mini bowling, lazer frenzy, inflatables and much more in this family fun center - great for those active kids!
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!
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!
Great bouncing fun in Illinois, with trampolines galore! With foam pits, dodgeball, kids areas and more!
A challenging and thrilling outdoor adventure park featuring a 6 different ziplines, team building courses, rock climbing wall, and kayaking!
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.
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.
Fun for active kids at this popular trampoline park in Illinois, with wall to wall trampolines, foam pit, balance beam, climbing wall & more!
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.
Lazer Tag fun for kids over 5 years, in a space themed setting with cool lights and sounds
Amazing kids fun in Gurnee with laser tag, black light mini-golf, Indy 500 Challenge, laser frenzy and even ice skating!
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!
Step into a real life video game with combat style fun and infrared lazers in this great experience for active kids over 8 years!
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!
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!
Ooffers guided trail and pony rides against some spectacular scenery, plus lessons and classes, with all temperament of mounts available to suit all abilities.
A super atmospheric two storey lazer tag arena with full arcade and even indoor mini golf!
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.
Kids can enjoy combat style fun in a multi-level arena with specialty lighting, swirling fog & heart-pounding music! It's Laser Quest!
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!
Visit one of the first parks in Chicago with Grant Park, filled with museums, planetariums, festivals, events and park fun! Great idea for things for families to do in Chicago
Giant City State Park has over 4,000 acres of outdoor adventures for the family in Illinois, with forest, bluffs, ponds, & lots of outdoor fun!
Boo Castle Park is a private park opened to the general public, complete with a Dungeons and Dragons theme!
Come and get back to nature by exploring a beautiful botanical garden at Klehm Arboretum in Illinois!
Mandala Gardens is 7 acres of gardens to explore in Marion, with seasonal flora, stonework and plenty of fun for kids!
Nature Trails and a kids' fishing pond in Illinois, with fun interactive displays, and bird and squirrel watching indoors! Nature fun with handicapped accessible features too.
Kickapoo State Park is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, with water sports and all kinds of wildlife. Adventures in Illinois!
Nearly 200 acres of park space in Chicago with tennis courts, playgrounds, a fishing lagoon and even baseball fields...just to name a few!
A beautiful wildlife refuge in Marion, filled with incredible wildlife from bobcats, eagles, & turtles, with forests and lakes too!
600 acres of park fun on Chicago's lakefront with playgrounds, a bird sanctuary, and prairies!
A huge park in Chicago filled playgrounds, sports, nature, wildlife, and even a zoo!
The Visitor Centre offers some live exhibits, plus interactive exhibits, multi sensory displays and a birdhide and observation area.
Canoe the Vermilion River, climb the observation tower, camp, picnic and explore using the River Ridge Back Pack Trail.
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.
900 acres of wooded parkland featuring opportunities for fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing and sledding, plus the Hi-Tower Observation Deck.
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.
Over 300 acres of Chicago park fun with gardens, sports activities, playgrounds and programs for kids!
360 Chicago will take you to amazing heights with a unique open-air skywalk - 94 stories above the windy city! One of the great family activities in Chicago
Catch a baseball game at the iconic Wrigley Field, or take a behind the scenes tour of this century old ballpark, home of the Chicago Cubs! One of the really fun family things to do in Chicago with kids.
Experience a taste of the old days in Chicago with horse drawn carriages rides through the city!
Explore the darker side of Chicago's fascinating history with Chicago Crime Tours, visiting some historic crime scenes, and investigating infamous mobsters!
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.
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!
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....
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....
A historic attraction for kids where they can explore the home where Abraham Lincoln lived before becoming president. A trip back in time!
A fascinating, historical and educational day with the whole family as you walk through the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.
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.
A fascinating UNESCO site of what was once one of the greatest cities in the world!
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.
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!
Fun for the family at Pirate Pete's with arcade, laser tag and an indoor play space for kids!
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!?
Embark on a fun, challenging and educational child friendly virtual scavenger hunt around the city of Chicago!
Glow in the dark mini golf for an out of this world family day out, with an arcade too! One of the best kids activities if you're looking for fun things to do with kids in Chicago.
Onesti's Wild West Town is a Wild West themed amusement park, museum and so much more! It is the perfect destination for families with children ages 3-12, with panning for gold, slingshot shooting, mine car rides & more!
A vast number of video games that operate with just nickels, with classic games on FREE play, from Pacman, Ms. Pacman, to Contra!
A fun and challenging mini golf for the whole family, with elevations, ponds and waterfalls. Geared towards kids but just as fun for adults!
Farm fun with pick your own apples and pumpkins, with seasonal fun including a corn maze, petting zoo and farm market!
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!
Navy Pier is a fun and iconic destination in Chicago where families can stroll, explore, shop and eat! And of course - have family fun!
Rides, Go-Karts, Bumper Cars, plus 62,000 sq feet of indoor rides and amusements at this Illinois indoor amusement park - it's Safari Land!
Odyssey Fun World feature the latest and high-tech redemption games, video games, rides, and attractions for all ages!
Odyssey Fun World feature the latest and high-tech redemption games, video games, rides, and attractions for all ages.
Family fun galore with kiddie rides, batting cages, go-karts, bumper boats and bumper cars, as well as pizza too!
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.
Follow the yellow brick road into this fun themed garden in Illinois, where kids can travel through forests, Munchinkland, and castles!
Camping fun in the oldest campground in Illinois, with 50 acres set for all campers and tents!