We know the pressure to keep your kids safe yet engaged and entertained. We’re here to help. Check out our list of happenings, with various offerings to meet different comfort levels. Be sure to note and plan ahead for entry and timed-tickets procedures. On behalf of our partners, thank you in advance for wearing your mask and following social distancing guidelines!
Please check individual attraction websites for up-to-date information.
This 13-acre outdoor history museum is a complete village with 30 historical structures, each offering their own story and glimpse into the past. Take a self-guided walking tour with Naper Settlement’s mobile app. Or choose a guided walking tour to experience the inside of each building — tickets can be reserved in the Visitors Center lobby or online. Safety requirements of visitors include face masks and social distancing.
With beautiful gardens, open restrooms, awesome tanks and a playground, this outing is easy and enjoyable for the whole family. The First Division Museum is open on a reservations-only basis. Round out the day at the picnic grounds, or lunch at the outdoor patio at Bertie’s Bistro. Capacity limits are monitored and managed throughout the day.
Now through September 6, 2021, you’ll want to look over your shoulder! Over 40 animatronic dinosaurs that are BIGGER and BADDER than ever before have made Brookfield Zoo their home. Created by “Jurassic Park” advisor, Don Lessum, the Dinos Everywhere! exhibit features acres of earth shakers, including the largest—argentinosaurus—that was estimated to measure more than 100 feet in length and weigh up to 110 tons. Reserved timed-tickets required. Be sure to read their Know Before You Go page.
4. Main Event
The team at Main Event is ready to welcome your family with the ultimate goal to let kids be kids — with the philosophy of play smart, play safe, read their cleaning and safety protocols. Main Event’s dizzying list of activities includes bowling, billiards & shuffleboard, laser tag, gravity ropes, mini golf, rock climbing and a disposable menu when you’re ready for a side of signature jumbo chicken wings or ever-favorite Player’s Platter.
For kids and kids-at-heart! Open May 14 through August 29, 2021, To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA, highlights how the beloved beagle and Peanuts characters became ambassadors for the U.S. space program. Displays feature a 1969 series of NASA-themed comic strips, photographs, video footage, and reproductions of artifacts from the Schulz Museum’s collection. Reservations are required for a free timed one-hour ticket with a limit of 15 people per hour, five people per group. Masks required.
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, each offering exclusive access to select exhibits for your small group of up to 20 children and adults. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Coming soon is the highly anticipated Human+Nature: South African artist Daniel Popper’s largest exhibition to date featuring 20- to 25-foot-tall sculptures that call attention to the connections between humans and trees. Bringing together nature and sculpture for an immersive experience, Popper’s work has been featured all over the world, creating profoundly inspirational spaces. Check the arboretum’s website for updates on the exhibition’s opening date. Advanced tickets will be required — know before you go.
Sound the trumpets! This family-favorite megacomplex is open Wednesday through Sunday, welcoming guests to the entertainment center, attractions, game room and restaurant; Quest II Playland remains closed. Operating at reduced capacity for safety, please read their guest guidelines.
More comfortable seeing what to expect before you go? Check out Topgolf’s commitment to safety, with a video to showcase the new game and dining experience. With protective bay dividers, clubs disinfected between groups, touchless menus and more, Topgolf is dedicated to maintaining the trust of guests and staff and operating safely and responsibly. Maximum six people per bay.
10. Cosley Zoo
Only have a short window of time? Cosley Zoo’s one-hour timed-ticket visits are a perfect option. Directional paw prints will lead you through the zoo on a one-way path, being able to view every animal habitat. The safety of guests, staff and animals is their top priority — plan your visit here with helpful information on available amenities.