Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Things to Do in Sweet Home Chicago

Here's an ongoing list of things to do in the Chicagoland area.  If you know of something I can add, please let me know!  I'm slowly but surely linking the various activities. 

Sky Zone

Goebbert's Farm & Pumpkin Patch

Stratford Square Mall Train, Carousel, Indoor playground

Brookfield Zoo

Buffalo Grove
Rockin' Jump

Carol Stream
Rockin' Jump

The 606 (elevated running path/artwork)
Adler Planetarium
Art Institute
Buckingham Fountain
Chicago Cultural Center (Free, great photo ops, free tours at certain times)
Chicago Design Museum
Chicago Riverwalk
Field Museum
Lincoln Park Zoo
Maggie Daley Park
Museum of Science & Industry
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Promontory Point
Shedd Aquarium

Crystal Lake
Chuck E. Cheese's
Monkey Joe's
Pump It Up

Des Plaines
The Choo-Choo (restaurant)

East Dundee
AZoosement Park (Old Santa's Village)

Adventure Island indoor water park @The Centre
Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

Elk Grove Village
Fountain Square Park
Jumps N Jiggles
Pirate's Cove Children's Theme Park
Rainbow Falls Water Park

Sky Zone

Chicago Botanic Garden
Little House of Glencoe

Kohl Children's Museum

Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall
Key Lime Cove
Six Flags Great America

Hanover Park
Chuck E. Cheese's

Highland Park
Ravinia Festival

Lake Zurich

The Morton Arboretum

Maple Park
Kuipers Family Farm

The Ball Factory

Sky High Sports

River Trail Nature Center

Carlson Acrtic Ice Arena
Discovery Center Children's Museum
Magic Waters Water Park
Monkey Joe's
Sapora Playworld  More info here
Sinnissippi Park
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens

Rockford Things to Do

Roscoe (near Rockford)
Board & Brush (this is for adults only)

MB Financial Park
Rosemont Website
Chicago Wolves hockey

Bison's Bluff-outdoor playground, discovery area
Jump Zone-inflatable "playground".  Our 4 year old loved this.
Kids Club-it's been said that they often have Groupons available
Legoland Discovery Center - went here with our 5 year old and 2 1/2 year old. They really enjoyed it and we were there longer than I had anticipated.  If your child loves Legos, I think they'll enjoy it.  My kids loved the little ride, the Lego water table area, and the 4D movie theater. I also recommend checking out Groupon before buying tickets, since I probably wouldn't pay more than the Groupon $14 price we paid.  I'd also skip the photo packages; it's not worth it. Ages 2 and under are free.
Pilot Pete's (restaurant) This is a fun, airport/plane-themed restaurant.  We go there with the kids and they love it.  It overlooks the Schaumburg airport.  It's a noisy place (great for kids) and a huge menu.
Pump It Up
Rainforest Cafe (restaurant)
Schaumburg Park District Website
Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary
The Tot Lot-Sch. Park District
The Water Works-indoor waterpark Sch. Park District
Woodfield Mall
Yu Kids Island- indoor playground/play place It's inside Woodfield Mall. Must wear socks.

Chuck E. Cheese's
Skokie Exploratorium

South Elgin
Epic Air-it's recommended that small kids go during the designated toddler time

St. Charles
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

Donley's Wild west Town
Illinois Railway Museum

West Dundee
Randall Oaks Zoo

Cosley Zoo
Mokey Joe's 
Monkey Business
Kids Town

Misc. Northwest Suburban Parks blog

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