When I redesigned this website in 2014, my very complete Indoor Play Guide unfortunately got lost in the transition. This one is a work-in-progress — you’ll need to follow the links to find out exact times, costs and other details. But it will still come in handy on those days when it’s too cold, too rainy, or just too hot to play outside! If you have ideas for other spots that should be featured here, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDOOR PLAY CENTERS
Grounds for Hope Cafe in Lisle.
The Treehouse Play Area at the West Chicago Park District’s ARC Center.
Funway Ultimate Entertainment Center in Batavia
Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center in Aurora.
Chuck E. Cheese in Batavia.
BOUNCE HOUSES CENTERS
Bounce Town in Oswego.
FunFlatables in the Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale
TRAMPOLINE CENTERS, LASER TAG & INDOOR SKYDIVING
Epic Air Trampoline Park in South Elgin
XTreme Tramspolines in Carol Stream
LazerMaxx Laser Tag in Elgin
iFly Indoor Skydiving in Naperville
FASTFOOD RESTAURANTS WITH PLAY AREAS
Excel Gymnastics in Geneva
St. Charles Gymnastics Academy in St. Charles
Spring Hill Gymnastics in Elgin
American Institute of Gymnastics in Aurora
Prairie Gymnastics Club in Batavia
Naperville Gymnastics Club in Naperville
The Oswego Park District’s drop-in open gyms
SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora
Wonder Works Children’s Museum in Oak Park
The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn
Elgin Public Museum in Elgin
Discovery Center Museum in Rockford.
* I cast the net farther afield in this section, including museums aimed at families that are worth a drive!
Goldfish Swim School in St. Charles
Goldfish Swim School in Naperville
Foss Swim School in South Barrington
Vaughan Aquatic Center in Aurora
Splash Central Indoor Aquatic Center in Bartlett
ROLLERSKATING & ICE SKATING RINKS
Aurora Skate Center in Aurora
Funway in Batavia
Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva
Center Ice of DuPage in Glen Ellyn
All Seasons Ice Rinks in Aurora
St. Charles Bowl in St. Charles
Pinstripes in South Barrington and Oak Brook
Wheaton Bowl in Wheaton
Funway in Batavia
Brunswick Zone XL in Algonquin
LIBRARIES AND BOOKSTORES WITH PLAY AREAS