11 Results in category Indoor Play Places in Chicago Area

Newsletter - Chicago Kids Fun 01/25/2015


Monday Jan. 26 - Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
This week we leave January behind and open the door to February.  Which means we could be heading into some nasty weather where sending the kids outside to play just won't be an option.  But never fear -- we've got a line on all the best Indoor Play Areas in Chicago!

Click on the image below to find Chicago area bouncy places, trampoline parks, mini golf, bowling, swimming pools and more.  Put a stop to cabin fever before it begins!

In addition to all of these indoor play areas, almost all of the major Chicago museums have FREE admission days again this week. ...

Retro Style Family Fun

Just about anything “retro” is hot these days, and  Jean Lemke and Nina Taluc, co-founders of kidwinks.com, have put together a selection of retro style family-friendly fun to be had in the Chicago area.

The Plush Horse - Ice Cream Parlour
Many parents who grew up in the Chicago area remember visiting The Plush Horse Ice Cream Parlor as a kid, and it is still in business today.  The air of nostalgia greets you as you enter the old fashioned storefront with the tin ceiling, antique carousel horse, and a huge standing plush horse.  There are many delicious flavors of ice cream to choose from, and the portion sizes are enormous – beware that a single scoop c ...

Garfield Park Conservatory

This past weekend I was trying to come up with something to do with the kids.  I wanted to stay in the Chicago area and didn't want to break the bank on my little outing.  Also, because of the weather (winter weather but no good snow to play in) where ever we went needed to be indoors.  So what came to mind?  One of my favorite free places in Chicago to take the kids.  The Garfield Park Conservatory.

Admission is free although there is a suggested donation of $2 for kids and $5 for adults but no pressure.

Located at: 300 N. Central Park Ave. in Chicago

 When we first walked in the sun was so bright and the room was so warm I knew I had made the ...

Scott Smith's All Animal Expo

Scott Smith's All Animal Expo is a great way to spend the day with kids who are animal lovers.  Better yet, admission is free for kids 10 and under.


The expo takes place the 1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of every month at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton. 

The exhibit space is not large but they really pack a lot in.  It my 11 year old and I about 2 hours of walking around before we were satified that we had seen it all.


Amongst the animals for sale you will find hedgehogs, rabbits and even chickens.

On hand is Dr. Jason Olec ...

Getaway to KeyLime Cove Waterpark

Last week I decided that the boys and I needed a bit of a change and a little excitement.  Their idea? head to the nearest indoor waterpark for an overnight stay.  So that is what we did.  We made reservations for a 1 night stay at Keylime Cove.  We upgraded to the Family Getaway Package which included admission to the waterpark, 100 arcade credits, 1 large pizza, 6 wings, and a 2-liter of pop. 
My 12 year old invited 2 friends and we left as soon as they got out of school Friday afternoon.  The drive to Gurnee took about 45 minutes from Chicago, not bad.  


Check in was quick and easy.  Once we got se ...

Safari Land a great place to spend the day

Originally Posted by Nina, June 25, 2012
Safari Land - You can call it many things such as and indoor play area, indoor amusement park, entrainment area, and even a kids birthday party place.  Safari Landis huge, boasting a whopping 62,000 square feet and offers entertainment options for a wide range of ages which is not always easy to find.


Safari Land in Villa Park

 Safari Land located in Villa Park is a great place to spend the afternoon or if you have just an hour or two to kill.  It also makes a nice place to have a kid’s birthday party.  You will know you have found Safari Land when you see the large giraffes and elephants fl ...

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

Originally Posted by Sue, June 24, 2012
If you're looking for some indoor fun for your family this summer, check out the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicagoin Schaumburg, IL.   We recently visited and all my kids had a great time!    Legoland Disovery Center Chicago has over 3 million LEGO bricks and nine attractions, including Model Builder Workshop, Jungle Expedition, LEGO rides, LEGO City Construction and Site Play Zone, LEGO 4D Cinema, Build and Test, LEGO Factory Tour and MINILAND featuring Chicago landmarks.
The facility is much larger than it appears from outside.   It is two stories and filled with so many different areas.  You need to take your time ...

Chicago Children's Museum

Originally Posted by Sue, June 10, 2012
My family and I recently visited The Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier.   What a fun day!   I have been there many times several years ago with my older kids, but haven't visited lately.   There are so many exhibits in the museum that there is something to please everyone.   My older boys were a bit concerned that they may be "bored" during our visit  .....  and that surely is the first time I've heard that concern from them :)    They found many things to occupy themselves throughout the day.   We stayed until the museum closed!The new and temporary exhibit is called Circus Zirkus: Where You're the St ...

SciTech Hands On Museum

Originally Posted by Jean, December 4, 2011
My husband took our girls to the SciTech Hands On Museum for the first time two years ago.  I'll admit (sheepishly) that at the time I was sort of relieved I couldn't go with them, because science really isn't my thing.  And the drive to Aurora from Park Ridge is not a short one, so I was happy to let them have a daddy-daughter day.  Well, they all came back raving about it, and my DH was so impressed he wrote a review on it.  The first and only review he's ever written on kidwinks.  We've been to a lot of places with our kids, and it speaks volumes to me that this is the only place he's ever taken the time  ...

Game Pazzo in Downers Grove

Originally Posted by Nina, September 22, 2011
I took my 2 boys and 1 of their friends to Game Pazzo in Downers Grove last weekend. They thought that they were in heaven. Game Pazzo is a huge video game faciltiy that has all of the home gaming systems avalible for play. You can bring in your own games or rent one of theirs. It is not often that I give my kids the okay to play video games for hours and in fact even to encourage it. When we walked to Game Pazzo we, like all other newcomers, were shown around the facility. The space is very large and clean. There are tons of huge screen tvs ready for play. There is a pc area where visitors can play pc games and if you have an account to an ...