Go West Indoor Play Guide

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 editor@gowestyoungmom.com.

 

 

GoWestIndoorPlayGuide-Brighter

 

 

NATURE CENTERS

 

Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles (Free). Read about our experience.

 

Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia (Free). Read about our experience.

 

Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles (Free). Read about our experience.

 

Peck Farm Park’s Welcome House in Geneva (Free). Read about our experience.

 

Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn (Free). Read about our experience.

 

 

INDOOR PLAY CENTERS

 

 

 

The Ball Factory Indoor Play & Cafe in Naperville. Read about our experience.

 

Grounds for Hope Cafe in Lisle.

 

Kids Town Play and Party in Wheaton. Read about our experience.

 

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

 

Airtastic Play Land in Aurora. Read about our experience.

 

Bounce Town in Oswego.

 

Bounce Around in Aurora. Read about our experience.

 

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

 

Coming Soon!

 

 

OPEN GYMS

 

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 

 

 

MUSEUMS

 

DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville. Read about our experience.

 

Aurora Regional Fire Museum in Aurora. Read about our experience.

 

SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora

 

Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore. Read about our experience.

 

Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview. Read about our experience.

 

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.

 

Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford. Read about our experience.

 

 

* I cast the net farther afield in this section, including museums aimed at families that are worth a drive!

 

OPEN SWIMS

 

Goldfish Swim School in St. Charles

 

Goldfish Swim School in Naperville

 

Foss Swim School in South Barrington

 

Vaughan Aquatic Center in Aurora

 

The Centre of Elgin’s Adventure Island in Elgin

 

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

 

 

 

BOWLING ALLEYS

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

 

Coming soon!

 

 

 

 

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