Go West Indoor Play Guide for Chicago’s Far Western Suburbs

This Go West Indoor Play Guide is the resource you want on those days when it’s too cold, too rainy, or just too hot to play outside! Please follow the links to find out exact times, costs and other details. If you have ideas for other spots that should be featured here, please send a note to editor@gowestyoungmom.com.

 

 

Indoor Play Guide

 

 

NATURE CENTERS

 

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

 

Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia (Free).

 

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.

 

Fun Republic in St. Charles. 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 Wheaton. Read about our experience before it moved locations.

 

FunFlatables in the Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale.

 

 

TRAMPOLINE CENTERS, LASER TAG & INDOOR SKYDIVING

 

Epic Air Trampoline Park in South Elgin.

 

Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park in Carol Stream.

 

LazerMaxx Laser Tag in Elgin.

 

iFly Indoor Skydiving in Naperville.

 

 

FASTFOOD RESTAURANTS WITH PLAY AREAS

 

Chick-fil-A in Wheaton and Chick-fil-A in Batavia.

 

McDonald’s Indoor PlayPlace locations (according to a search on mcdonalds.com):

  • 1185 N. Farnsworth in Aurora
  • 1023 N. Lake Street in Aurora
  • 2011 W. Galena Plaza in Aurora
  • 1812 S. Randall Road in Geneva
  • 3900 E. Main Street in St. Charles
  • 89 W. North Avenue in West Chicago
  • 2175 W. Roosevelt Road in Wheaton
  • 1335 County Farm Road in Carol Stream

 

 

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 in the new Children’s Discovery Room and in the museum itself before that room opened.

 

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

 

Bowling Green Sports Center in West Chicago

 

 

 

LIBRARIES AND BOOKSTORES WITH PLAY AREAS

 

Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin (Free). Read about our experience.

 

Batavia Public Library in Batavia (Free). Read about our experience.

 

Sugar Grove Public Library in Sugar Grove (Free). Read about our experience.

 

Aurora Public Library’s Santori Branch (Free). Read about our experience.

 

Oswego Public Library’s Montgomery Campus (Free). Read about our experience.

 

The West Chicago Public Library in West Chicago (Free). Read about our experience.

 

The Messenger Public Library in North Aurora (Free). Read about our experience.

 

 

 

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