We know the pressure to keep your kids safe yet engaged and entertained. We’re here to help. Check out our list of things to do with kids, with various offerings to meet all comfort levels.
Please check individual attraction websites for up-to-date information.
1. Brookfield Zoo
Open daily with over 200 acres of animals from around the world and rotating exhibits that capture the mind. Witness the entertaining dolphin show, feed exotic animals (from a distance, of course), be amazed by the world’s largest animals, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Reserved timed tickets are highly recommended. Be sure to read the Know Before You Go page.
2. K1 Speed
If you’re feeling the need for speed, visit K1 Speed! This facility is famous for its European cart racing. K1 Speed is also home to Cyber Sport, which is a combination of basketball, hockey, and lacrosse. The space can hold up to 800 guests, so plan your next big birthday party or day-off-from-school event. There is no age requirement to race at K1 Speed, just a height requirement of at least 48″. Minors also need to have a waiver signed by a parent and guardian. For more questions, visit the FAQ page.
3. DuPage Children’s Museum
The masters of play and education have come up with the ultimate offer a parent cannot refuse: your very own 90-minute Private Play Time! The Museum has been divided into two separate play experiences—the Discover Experience and the Explore experience—each offering exclusive access to select exhibits for your small group of up to 20 children and adults. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Masks are strongly recommended for all guests 2 years and older; however, no longer required at DCM.
4. Naper Settlement
If you want to be transported back in time, Naper Settlement is the place to go. This interactive outdoor history museum is home to 30 historic structures, including a one-room schoolhouse and working blacksmith and print shops. There are special events and various educational programs throughout the year, both on- and off-site, so you can always find something to do with kids at this well-renowned establishment.
5. Dave & Buster's
For a fun night with family and friends, consider Dave & Buster’s in Addison, Illinois. This arcade is home to more than 150 state-of-the-art interactive games for people of all ages. You can also challenge your family members in a game of shuffleboard. Hungry after playing, or want to fuel up for the fun ahead? Dave & Buster’s has a restaurant with an extensive menu that can satisfy any appetite. Call ahead to ask about the curfew policy.
6. Chocolaterie Stam Glen Ellyn
For the chocolaholics, this is a great place to visit! For more than 100 years, Chocolaterie Stam is rooted in Dutch traditions. From hand-painted chocolates to buttery caramels, to truffles filled with fresh cream, fruits and nuts, and flavorful gelatos, the cases are piled high with flavors, textures and shapes that demonstrate Stam’s rich history. Chocolaterie Stam can satisfy any sweet tooth!
7. Kid’s Adventure Zone at The Forge: Lemont Quarries
The Forge: Lemont Quarries presents the Two Towers Kids Adventure: a jungle gym in the sky just for kids. Whether it be testing out the climbing nets, hopping on a zipline, testing their skills on the balance line, or anything else, it’s all about fun at The Forge. Don’t forget to ask about birthday parties, which include a specially designed Forge scavenger hunt and more activities to keep kids playing all day long. Book your time now.
8. The Donut Experiment
Sweet dreams are made of these fresh, drool-worthy donuts in Lombard, Illinois. At The Donut Experiment, you create the donut! Walk through the doors, decide what goes on your donut, and watch as it’s made exactly the way you want. The options are endless!
9. Cantigny Park
This 500-acre park offers vast display gardens, picnic grounds, the First Division Museum, and more. Throughout the year, Cantigny Park stages a wide variety of programs and events. Go bird watching throughout the year, climb on the tanks, or enjoy time at the Red Oaks playground!
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