We’ve all sung the adorable “No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” a time or two to our little ones, making funny noises and bursting with delight at our children’s squeals. But here’s the cold hard truth: our monkeys really need to jump on the bed, no matter what the doctor says. And when do they need to jump the absolute MOST? During the winter, of course. So I’m sharing with you where kids can burn off energy in the Chicagoland suburbs.
Yu Kids Island, Schaumburg
Located in Woodfield mall, it is a fun place to take a break from shopping (after all, “Don’t touch that, Bobby!” can only be uttered so many times) and let you kid run loose. They will have a blast with the colorful and spinning toys and equipment, as well as (my personal favorite) the balloon rooms. Just don’t forget to bring socks!
Little Beans Café, Evanston
The second Little Beans Café location provides so many more ways for kids to work up a sweat. In addition to the adorable play room including a library, grocery store and more, there is a ninja course that is uber popular with the older crowd. Be sure to check the schedule to see when the younger kids are welcome to tumble and climb in the gym portion of the play space. Oh, and be sure to grab a latte and cake pop before you leave (so yummy).
Adventure Playland, Mount Prospect
I’ve written about Adventure Playland before, and it deserves a second mention. Why? Because there are so many fun ball pits and slides for your kiddos to choose from while you enjoy a latte and a crepe or two while watching from nearby. For more of my commentary, check out this post.
Sky High Sports Trampoline Park, Niles and Naperville
Absolutely everyone will leave happy and exhausted (and maybe a bit sore if you are out of shape like me) after leaving Sky High Sports Trampoline Park. Drop in during the open jump times, visit during Munchkin Mondays, have a family night filled with pizza and jumping (tip—eat after jumping!), or a unique date night cosmic jumping on weekend evenings. Don’t forget that you must fill out the online waiver and purchase the special gym socks in order to jump at all.
Orbit Skate Center, Palatine
Is there anything better than reliving one of your fondest childhood memories with your kids? Heck no! That’s why you need to plan a family trip to Orbit Skate Center. You will enjoy a very spacious rink, ample skate rentals and accessories (roller skates, roller blades, even skates that fit over your toddler’s shoes are available), and lots of fun special extras to make roller skating a fun experience for everyone. Our favorite time to visit Orbit Skate Center is on Saturday mornings for their Tiny Tot Open Skate, specifically designed for kids 10 and under. They put out a ton of toys and cars to get everyone moving, as well as a 15 minute instructional lesson. There are also tons of different classes and open skates to choose from.
The TreeHouse, Lake Zurich
This Lake Zurich play space is one of our absolute favorite places to play in the winter because of not only how clean it is, but also because of how amazingly fun it is for kids both big and small. There are endless areas to climb, slide, and explore. Be sure to stay for the day and order a delicious lunch and latte. Parents can relax and unwind in the comfortable leather chairs while watching their kids frolic to their hearts’ content. For more of my tips for visiting the TreeHouse, be sure to read this article.
Splash Landings, Glenview
Although there are other fun indoor waterparks in the Chicagoland area, my favorite is Splash Landings because of its more low key atmosphere at such a great price. There are water spouts and slides, as well as life jackets to help anxious moms like me relax when we are the only ones taking the kids swimming.
Where are your favorite places to take your kids so that naptime is a breeze? I would love to hear about some places I am missing out on!
Looking for other fun places to play? Be sure to check out my popular list of indoor play spaces in Chicagoland.
Happy Sweating (and Happy Bedtime)!
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