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.
1. Naper Settlement
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.
2. Cantigny Park
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.
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 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. Elmhurst Art Museum
It’s art you can play on! While the Front 9 of Par Excellence may be on its way out of the door with the summer, you can still enjoy Par Excellence’s originally created Back 9. Opening on October 13th this second half of the Par Excellence Redux: Back 9 will present brand-new challenges for you to conquer with new minigolf courses from the minds of 11 new artists from the area. Also, if you’re interested in renting the course for a private event (perfect for birthday parties) you can contact email@example.com. Book a tee time in advance. Masks are required.
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.
7. The Morton Arboretum
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.
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 he 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.
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.