Indoor Play Guide: Now Featuring More Pools, Malls and Nature Centers

Monday, Nov 4th, 2013 by

The last few years, I can distinctly remember having playdates with friends at parks in November; us parents marveled at the gorgeous, warm weather as the kids ran around without coats or hats. I’m not sure that’s going to happen this year. It looks like the cold weather might be here to stay, and it is going to get a whole lot colder before it gets warmer.

So I spent much of Saturday updating the Go West Indoor Play Guide, checking that hours and admission prices were the same as last year, and correcting info that was out of date.

Special thanks to several readers who wrote in to alert me that Jump Zone in St. Charles had closed, that the Kane County Forest Preserve’s nature center had moved from Tekakwitha Woods to LeRoy Oakes, and that the Visitor’s Center at Peck Farm in Geneva made for a good indoor play spot. I really, really appreciate your help.

You’ll find all those updates here, as well as a few additions: I added info on the indoor play options at Strattford Square Mall in Bloomingdale, the train-themed play area at the West Chicago Public Library and the “family swim” sessions at the Goldfish Swim Schools in St. Charles and Naperville.

Do you have suggestions for other indoor play spots to add to this guide? Please leave them in the comments section or write me at editor(at)

Without further ado, enjoy the updated 2013 Go West Indoor Play Guide!


5 thoughts on “Indoor Play Guide: Now Featuring More Pools, Malls and Nature Centers

  1. Mommyof2

    Thanks! Also, where is this indoor playground? Looks amazing for those cold weather days coming up.

  2. Tara Burghart

    Annie and Mommyof2 … I'm so sorry. I just saw your comments! Unfortunately that photo I used for illustration purposes is not in Chicagoland. I'll try to find something to use from a local spot so that there isn't any confusion.

    Jmom … Thanks for the addition! I'll add the Ball Factory, and it looks like a place my daughter and I need to check out.


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