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. 

Please check individual attraction websites for up-to-date information. 

1. DuPage County Forest Preserves
This winter, enjoy the outdoors with you and yours. Visit one of DuPage County’s Forest preserves to enjoy sledding, ice-skating, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and so much more that the whole family can enjoy together this winter and discover the best way to keep cabin fever at bay.

2. Enchanted Castle Entertainment Complex
From indoor go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, miniature golf, singing dragons, a two-story playland with games and prizes and more, this is the place to experience the royal touch on KING-size fun. Plan your next family outing or birthday party at Enchanted Castle.

3. Brookfield Zoo
Open daily with over 200 acres of animals from around the world and exhibits that capture the mind. What wouldn’t the kids want to do here? Dolphin shows, feeding exotic (but safe, don’t worry) animals, and pure wonder of being amazed by the largest animals on the planet. These experiences aren’t just fun, but they’ll make memories that’ll last a lifetime. The zoo has a big job, keeping people and the animals safe. Reserved timed tickets are 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. 

5. Stardust Bowl of Addison
This is one of the largest bowling centers in Illinois and in the country. Stardust Bowl in Addison has been serving Chicagoland bowlers for over 50 years. It features 84 lanes, and boasts four lounges, live entertainment, pool, darts, bags and shuffleboard along with multiple HD TVs.

6. 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, each offering exclusive access to select exhibits for your small group of up to 20 children and adults. Tickets must be purchased in advance. All guests aged two years and older must wear a mask. 

DuPage Children's Museum

7. The Morton Arboretum
Check out South African artist Daniel Popper’s largest exhibition, Human+Nature at The Morton Arboretum, featuring 20- to 25-foot-tall sculptures that call attention to the connections between humans and trees. While at the Arboretum, be sure to also check out the Children's Garden, Maze Garden and guided Tram Tours. Advanced tickets will be required — know before you go.

8. Kids 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. Keeping are kept safe while still having the freedom to enjoy Kids Adventure zone however they please. 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. And 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. Masks are required.  

9. Topgolf
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.

Stay & Share

Book a family-fun weekend to experience all that DuPage County has to offer. When you’re ready, we’re here, with up-to-date COVID-19 information, events and things to do. See a list of hotels here

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