Adventure Playland

It’s official, my boys and I have officially found our happy place. Somewhere they can play with balls and slides for as long as their little hearts’ desire, and I can drink coffee and use free wi-fi all while watching my boys enjoy themselves. Yep, that’s right. Bliss.


Where is this wonderful place? Part of me doesn’t want to tell you because then my favorite gem will be crowded (selfish, I know), but I can’t NOT spread the wealth with other families. The secret is out: I’m talking about Adventure Playland in Mount Prospect.


What makes this play space so great for our family is that it is fully contained so that I can always keep my eyes on my boys, even if they choose to play in different parts of the space.


My little guy is obsessed with balls, so there are two different ball pits for him to choose from, and he spent one hour straight running from one to the other with a huge smile on his face.


My oldest loves to explore, and there are tons of different slides, structures, and games to explore within Adventure Playland’s space.


I would have to say that the biggest hit with adults and kids alike is the cool ball machine in the center of the play structure. You can fill the machine with balls, press the button, and watch them fly! Depending on what kind of ball you chose, the foam balls will fly everywhere and the plastic ones will float in the air using the air stream from the machine.


There are also little ball cannons set up around the space, which are a hit especially with older kiddos. Another favorite for the older set? The swirly slide. Just be forewarned—the slide is FAST.


There is also a fun designated area for those little ones who are less agile and still working on crawling, standing, and walking.  There are tons of blocks to build with, ramps to play with, and other appropriate developmental toys to thrill even the youngest of visitors.


My boys were having so much fun when we visited that they wanted to stay for lunch. After enjoying a delicious cup of coffee, I happily obliged to see what other tasty European treats they had to offer. Although the snacks were basic, the homemade food was just that…deliciously homemade. The crepes we had were fantastic, both sweet and savory.


Since Adventure Playland is much smaller than some play spaces, such as The TreeHouse in Lake Zurich, I highly recommend getting there early (they open at 10 a.m.) and staying for lunch. When we visited on a weekend there was a birthday party going on, but it was not too crowded or cramped so feel free to make a weekend visit if that works best for your schedule.


Just don’t forget socks—for everyone, not just the kiddos—and your camera. You are guaranteed to get some great photos of your smiling kiddos. From crawlers to early elementary aged kiddos, there is fun for everyone.


Lastly, keep your eyes on sites like Living Social and Groupon for discounted admission!

Looking for other play spaces? Simply search “play space” in the search box.

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  1. Nancy says

    The only playlands I had growing up was in the basement of McDonalds, do you remember those? I’m not sure if it was only in my area or not – but people even had birthday parties down there and they had this awesome ball pit. Kids these days have huge jungle gyms to crawl through and have so much fun!!

  2. Shantha Wetterhan says

    Wifi, coffee and contained play spaces! This place sounds amazing. My kids are a little past the age for a place like this, but when they were younger, I sought out places where they could play and I could work away without feeling guilty. It sounds like you have found just the place for that.

    • amandasimkin says

      I will be sad once they outgrow this stage. But then maybe I’ll be able to go to the bathroom by myself! #silverlinings

  3. Nikki says

    That looks like so much fun! Like Nancy, the only thing we have around here even close to that is McDonalds Play Place. I would be thrilled to have something like that in my area. I’m always looking for new places to take my son.

  4. Tammilee Tips says

    I have heard great things about play places like this before!! My nephews love to go and play at these places and they are perfect here in Washington with the cruddy weather we get. I think even as an adult this would be fun to go to!

    • amandasimkin says

      It should be a rule that if you have bad weather like in Washington and Chicago, there must be a plethora of indoor play spaces!

  5. Terri Ramsey says

    My kids would love this adventure, I’am going to plan this weekend and we’re happy to travel and have fun adventure. We love playland I’d love to put this one on my list.

  6. Sara-Jayne says

    My boys just love places like this to hang out in. Sadly for me, I end up having to join them too and squeeze through the smallest of places! I think they forget I am so much bigger than them!

    • amandasimkin says

      I might not have mentioned in my article that I got stuck on a slide chasing after my little guy. 🙂

  7. Adanna says

    My little boy will love this place. Actually both my kids will but my son would really wear himself out there. That reminds me that I need to find a place like this in our area just for him.

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