It’s official: The harsh reality of winter in Chicagoland has arrived. If you’re willing to bundle up the kids and make a dash for the car, we’ve rounded up even more indoor play options to discover and enjoy in the western suburbs.
Bonus: Three of our Stroller Strides locations offer open play times for toddlers and young children! Be sure to check these out:
- Open Bounce at The MAX, McCook, IL
Come for Stroller Strides, stay for Open Bounce at The MAX. A fun way to burn off energy for ages 2 and up, your child can bounce in three different inflatables, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Toddler Time at Sky Zone, Elmhurst, IL
Let your toddler take a turn on the trampolines at Sky Zone. Toddler Time happens right after Stroller Strides on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
- The Commons Play Group, Westmont, IL
Westmont Commons is a former church that hosts a big room where kids crawl, toddle, run, and play with toys, while parents guide, redirect, and talk about their lives. It’s mostly moms and tots at this point, but dads and older children are welcome too! They're in the midst of a program change, but keep your eyes open for the new schedule coming soon.
- Toddler Playtime Gym at La Grange Recreation Center, La Grange, IL
For younger toddlers, La Grange Recreation Center offers a Toddler Playtime Gym on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children under 5 will enjoy the scooters, tunnels and toys set up on the basketball court. If you have an older child, check out the indoor playground.
- Indoor Playground at Stevenson Center, Oak Park, IL
The new indoor playground at the Stevenson Center, part of the Park District of Oak Park, caters to children 5 and under with a place to run and climb as well as a spot to read and have quiet play time. Check it out Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There’s also a designated area for babies.
- Indoor Playground at Franklin Loebe Center, Orland Park, IL
Older toddlers and preschoolers will love the indoor playground at the Franklin Loebe Center, part of the Village of Orland Park Recreation and Parks Department. In the winter, the Franklin Loebe Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m.
- Little Tykes Time at Flying High, Countryside, IL
Have a budding gymnast? Try Little Tykes Time at Flying High, Monday through Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. Perfect for children under 5, your little one can run-around, bounce and play on the mats and other age-appropriate equipment.
- Playdate and Create at Joyful Learning Center, Brookfield, IL
Drop in to Joyful Learning Center’s Playdate and Create on Mondays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Let your toddler get creative with a different art activity each week. Don’t think your little one will sit for a craft? There’s plenty of toys to play with as well.
- KidStreet at Grounds for Hope Cafe, Lisle, IL
Grab coffee while your child is entertained at KidStreet PlayCenter, part of Grounds for Hope Cafe. The three-story playhouse is perfect for kids over 2, while the WonderHouse caters to babies and younger toddlers. Check it out Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.
- Parent and Tot Lounge at The Ball Factory, Naperville, IL
The Ball Factory offers a multi-story play structure with obstacle courses, mazes and a ball pit. But if that sounds intimidating for your little one, there’s a separate Parent and Tot Lounge for children under 4 with padded cushions, climbing structures, slides and more.
Check websites or call for the most up-to-date information about open times, closings and special events.