Baby it's Cold Outside!

Our Favorite Spots for Indoor Fun

By Sara Yaniga, Macaroni Kid Chicago (Midtown) December 31, 2023

The weather may not always cooperate for outdoor play, but the city has plenty of options for indoor fun for children!  Check out our favorite spots to get those winter wiggles out and connect with other parents and caregivers.  I recommend checking out the websites to get the latest info on hours, class opportunities, and pricing before your visit - and it is a great time to complete any waivers in advance.  Also, don't forget your socks for safe indoor play!

Altitude Trampoline 

404 N Armour Street

  • Toddler Time is exclusive to 2 to 6-year-olds. The Toddler Time is now at a new time 9:00 am – 11:00 am on Monday – Friday at a discounted rate of $17.95. Parents can also jump for an additional $12.00!  All jumpers are required to wear Altitude Safety Socks ($4)
Check their website for more details

Bubbles Academy 900

900 N Michigan Ave, FL 6

  • Highlights include drop-in art and daily open play, plus a host of winter activities are open for registration at this location and their Elston and Highland Park locations!
Check their website for more details

ClimbZone Chicago

2500 W. Bradley Place

  • Popular with the older kids for their imaginative climbing walls, laser tag, arcade, and ropes course, this spot also has a great soft play area for kids less than 52" tall.
Check their website for more details

Harmony Learning Center
725 W Wrightwood Ave
  • This Montessori center offers drop-in play on Fridays from 8:15 am to 10:45 am for infants and children up to 4 years old. For older children (ages 4 to 12) you can join Harmony Learning Center on the 2nd Friday of every month for "Parent's Night Out" with activities, pizza and a movie. 
You can find all of the details here about the options at Harmony Learning Center

HelloBaby Chicago 
600 E. 61st Street

  • Free indoor play space for children up to age 3 (and their caregivers) and they offer a variety of special programs 

Please visit their website to learn more about this beautiful space created on the belief that all children deserve the opportunity for safe and creative play, regardless of income and neighborhood.  (HelloBaby is a non-profit organization)

Little Hoppers Cafe
2760 West 111th Street
  • Beverly's first indoor play cafe has created a family-friendly cafe with a playroom designed just for infants and kids up to age 7. Open play is available Tuesday - Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Want to host a private play date? That's an option too!

Please visit their website to learn more about this great space!

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 N. Cannon Drive

  • The Nature Museum recently updated their indoor play space and it is nothing short of amazing! Included with museum admission of $15/adult and $8/child (2 and under are free!), but if you plan on visiting several times a year the annual family membership may be a great option for you to consider. Don't forget to take a visit to the Butterfly Haven and explore the other exhibits while there.

Check their website for location details and membership options

Chicago's museums are a great way to spend the day inspiring your family to learn more about the stars, art, history, or science. Many of them have dedicated spaces for toddlers and kids to explore and play in a hands-on way:

    •    The Idea Factory at the Museum of Science & Industry
    •    Polar Play Zone at the Shedd Aquarium.
    •    Planet Explorers exhibit at the Adler Planetarium
    •    Ryan Education Center at The Art Institute
Best of all there are plenty of opportunities to visit for FREE by going on one of their scheduled FREE ADMISSION days for Illinois Residents, or use your Chicago Public Library card and check out a membership at no cost.