It’s raining, it’s pouring…but that doesn’t mean that your day has to be boring! Check out our top picks for places to play on rainy days in Chicagoland.
If you are up for a little bit of splashing in puddles, watching nature react to water, and taking a break in a dry and fun place to play, then the River Trails Nature Center, Friendship Park Conservatory, and the Hamill Family Play Zoo at Brookfield Zoo are for you. Pull on your galoshes, put on your raincoats, and bust out the umbrellas. Getting wet is tons of fun, right? Well, as long as you avoid all of the mud, of course.
Want some quiet time on this rainy day? Then get lost in some great books. If your schedule allows, catch a performance by The Storybook Mom or if you need something at a more independent pace, go on a Chicagoland Library crawl. You can also visit one of our favorite bookstores and spend an hour or two playing, reading, and learning.
Have lots of energy to burn off? Then Break a sweat at Sod Room, the Exploratorium, Pinstripes, Adventure Playland, the TreeHouse, or the Play Plex. Even better, book a spa treatment at Wellness Nail Spa for yourself and secure supervised play for your kiddo at the adjoining Kid’s Island.
Feeling creative? Then head over to Gather and let your imagination take over as you create a piece of artwork, engage in songs, and much more.
Is a museum calling your name? Then head to a great off the radar spot…hot dog lovers will love the interactive nature of the Chicago History Museum and butterfly and bug lovers will LOVE the mix of tranquility and adventure at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Oh, and don’t forget to make a delicious heartwarming meal to survive the gloomy day!