Where Kids Can Burn Off Energy in the Chicagoland Suburbs

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).

Rockin’ Jump, Buffalo Grove and Carol Stream

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 with your tot (6 years and under) every Tuesday through Friday morning, have a family night filled with pizza and jumping (tip—eat after jumping!), or a unique date night or “Mommy and Me” playdate with your older kiddos 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.

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.

The Zone, Mount Prospect

Run by the River Trails Park District, the Zone is a facility that teaches the art of parkour. Kids will learn how to run, leap, flip, and vault in a controlled way during classes and can practice their skills during open gym weekend evenings. You can check out their schedule here.

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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  1. Jeanette says

    Oh my gosh my son would love to go to one of these places. We haven’t been Chicago quite a while but the next time we go I am check it out one of these places for him.

  2. Elizabeth O. says

    That would keep the kids busy for a long time! It would be nice to be able to play with them in a place like that too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Rosey says

    I can’t remember the city we visited in Michigan that had the same thing but it really was fun. And the kids had a blast there!

  4. Christine - The Choosy Mommy says

    We have a trampoline park close to my house and while it seems really fun, it also scares me to death, especially since my little one is only 3. They say that it is for kids of all ages but I just get so nervous when there are bigger kids in there too.

  5. Sandra Levin says

    Thanks for reminding everyone what fun roller skating is and especially at Orbit Skate Center in Palatine IL! For our littlest skaters we have a very special Saturday morning session called Tiny Tots for 10&under and their families. Sign up for our News to get lots of coupons and Groupons out there to make skating so affordable too. Hope to see you round the rink!

  6. Coralie says

    This looks like a fun place to visit. I would love to bring my kids to the Chicago area and explore. I will have to keep this place on my list. Thanks

  7. Josephine says

    You should mention The Exploritorium in Skokie, IL. The place is fabulous! Its one big room and everything is sectioned off by short walls you can see over easily. They have a huge water table area that includes water smocks for the kids to wear, fishing nets and more. There is a huge tube play area where the kids climb through. Its from the floor to the ceiling. There is a magnetic table, there is a huge bigger then life lite brite wall with pieces the kids can slide in and out. There is a section for little ones to crawl around and explore different textures, sounds, locks. Also a mini slide and mini steps. They have a huge dress up fantasy play area with a stage. Cost is cheap. Its about 3 or 4 dollars a person to get in. Check it out

    • Amanda says

      We have visited the Exploratorium in Skokie a ton and while it is fun, for the purposes of this article I was focusing on places that really let kids get their physical energy out, from jumping on a trampoline to roller skating.

  8. Carol Collins says

    Good information. Now that the cold weather has set in, great sites to take the kids to release that super bottled up energy.

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