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Indoor Play Space Guide

February 14, 2013
This weather making you stir crazy? If you’ve run out of games to play and things to do within your house, no need to fret. Check out this list of the best places to play indoors!

Whether you are looking for a place to let them simply stretch their legs and run around or want to escape to an elaborate fantasyland, you will find the right place for your family and budget! Most places offer discounts for multiple visits, so if you plan to go often, save some money and get a punch card.

Baby Bulldogs at St. Andrew Parish
1710 W. Addison St.
Cost – $50 per season, $75 for 2+ kids

Book Bugs and Dragonflies at St. Luke Academy
1500 W. Belmont Ave.
Cost – Free


Bubbles Academy
1504 N. Fremont St.
Cost - $12 ($20 multiple-child family), 6-visit punch card $60 ($100 multiple-child family)

Chase Park
Tot Spot
4701 N. Ashland Ave.
Cost - $3, $35 for 12-week session


Chuck E. Cheese’s
1830 W. Fullerton Ave.
Cost – Free admission, but games and rides require tokens

Dave & Buster’s
1030 N. Clark St.
Cost – Free admission, but games and rides require tokens


Explore & Much More

3827 N. Southport Ave.
Cost - $12 (siblings $9), 10-visit pass $108 ($81 siblings)

Gymboree Play & Music
Lakeview - 3158 N. Lincoln Ave.
Near North - 1030 W. North
Loop - 600 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Cost – Free for class enrollees

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
5480 S. Kenwood Ave.
Cost – $9, $45 10-visit pass, $65 month


Kid City
1837 W. Grand Ave.
Cost - $14 ($10 siblings), 10-visit punch pass $115

Kookaburra Play Cafe
2267 N. Clybourn Ave.
Cost - $12 ($7 siblings), 10-visit punch pass $100

Little Beans Cafe
1809 W. Webster Ave.
Cost - $12 ($7 siblings), 10-visit pass $100 ($50 siblings)

Lincoln Park Children’s Zoo
Canopy Climbing Adventure
2001 N. Clark St.
Cost – Free
Tip – 40”-52” height requirement

McDonald’s PlayPlace
Roscoe Village - 2608 W. Addison St.
Lakeview - 2834 N. Ashland Ave.
Cost – Free for customers


My Corner Playroom
2121 N. Clybourn Ave.
Cost - $15 ($10 siblings), 10-visit pass $135 ($90 siblings)

My Gym
1880 W. Fullerton Ave.
Cost - $5 members, free for current class enrollees

Pickles Playroom
2315 W. Lawrence Ave.
Cost - $12 (siblings $9), 10-visit pass $100 ($70 siblings)


Pump It Up
821 W. Eastman St.
Cost – $10, 10-visit punch card $85

Purple Monkey Playroom
2040 N. Western Ave.
Cost – $12 per child, $22 child plus sibling(s), monthly -  $100

Sluggers
3540 N. Clark St.
Cost – Free admission, but games and batting cages require tokens


Toddlers Playhouse
3338 N. Broadway St.
Cost – 16 week sessions $175-$220 (free trial)

Spend the day inspiring your children to learn more about art, nature, the stars or science at one of Chicago’s great museums and attractions. Many of Chicago’s best museums have dedicated play spaces for toddlers.  Some wintertime favorites include:

    •    hands-on Rhythm Section  in the Crown Family Play Lab at the Field Museum
    •    water cannons in The Idea Factory at the Museum of Science and Industry
    •    Butterfly Haven at the Nature Museum
    •    huge submarine in the Polar Play Zone at the Shedd Aquarium.
    •    Planet Explorers exhibit at the Adler Planetarium
    •    family playroom at the Ryan Education Center at The Art Institute

Best of all, you can visit all of them for FREE on their regularly scheduled free days (see our Museum & Attractions Free Day article below), or you can check out a free family pass from your local library.

Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Cost – $28 adults, $22 children

The Art Institute of Chicago 
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Cost - $18 adults, free for children under 14

Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St
Cost - $4 adults, $3 children

Chicago Children’s Museum
700 E. Grand
Cost - $12

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Cost - $14 adults, free for children 12 and under

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Cost - $15 adults, $10 children, free for 3 and under


John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Cost - $8 adults, $6 children
Tip – general admission does not include access to Polar Play Zone

Museum of Science & Industry
57th Street & Lake Shore Dr.
Cost - $15 ($13 residents) adults, $10 ($9 residents) children

National Hellenic Museum
333 S. Halsted St. 
Cost - $10 adults, $7 children, free for 3 and under

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Cost - $9 adults, $6 children, free for 3 and under