The latest in our series of reader-submitted reviews of indoor play places is Airtastic Play Land in Aurora. It features 10 gigantic inflatable play structures as well as a couple for younger children.
The Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles is part of the Kane County Forest Preserve District. It’s open six days a week, has a nice open layout for play and learning, and best of all, admission is free!
Severe water damage means the DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville will be closed until April. Here are some updates for those families who are DCM members, want to take advantage of its off-site programming or want to know how they can help.
Our guest contributor had driven by the Aurora Regional Fire Museum for years. When her family stopped in, they greatly enjoyed their visit to this interactive and educational museum.
On a day when the thermometer never climbed above 19 degrees, my family had a wonderful time at Brookfield Zoo – and it only cost us $10. By taking advantage of the zoo’s generous calendar of free days during the winter, you can have a great time at Brookfield on the cheap, too!
Last week, I posted on the Go West Facebook page a question from a friend of mine, asking for suggestions of indoor places to take her kids while they were on holiday break and the weather was too cold to play outside. Readers wrote back with lots of great ideas.
The Centre of Elgin’s Adventure Island is a great indoor pool option that offers regular hours when it is open to the public, as well as special “Tot-Time Swims” for younger children and their caretakers. The leisure pool has a maximum depth of about 3 1/2 feet, plus a 20-foot flume slide, floor geysers, a shipwrecked boat slide, spray arches and a spinning vortex (kind of like a very small lazy river.) The lap pool has eight 25-yard lap lanes, two 1-meter diving boards and one 3-meter diving board. There are male and female locker rooms with showers and lockers, as well as several family changing rooms.
During the “Preschool Playtime” offered by the St. Charles Park District, your kids can play in the Pottawatomie Community Center gym. The cost is $3 per child. The only catch? The schedule changes each week.
The Water Park at the Vaughan Center in Aurora is part of the Fox Valley Park District. It features a zero-depth entry pool that gets as deep as 4 feet. There is a “lily pad” play feature for kids to hop across, and a seesaw and swings for babies. There are two slides, both starting two stories up, and rafts to ride the slides, as well as interactive water play area.
Kids Town Play & Party is an indoor play spot that features about a dozen themed play areas with toys, costumes and more. It is aimed at toddlers through young school-age children, and it hosts birthday parties, as well.