While my kids might have grown out of this stage, every time my nephew comes over I remember how toddlers can be absolute TORNADOES. Cute tornadoes. To them, a bookshelf filled with colorful titles is just begging to be disassembled and their strong curiosity is the reason why parents buy baby locks in bulk. As a neat freak, I always had to remind myself that my boys’ constant exploration was a good thing but sometimes the last thing I wanted to do was stay home with my chaos makers. If your toddler is holding you hostage, then check out these Chicagoland play spaces that are perfect for toddlers. Theses play spaces will keep them safe and busy for hours while you can take a breath and a break from cleaning up after those adorable little tornadoes.
Sod Room—South Loop
Looking for sunshine on a cloudy day? Then look no further than the eco-friendly Sod Room in the South Loop. This stunning play space is perfect for toddlers thanks to the plethora of “green” toys and play structures. Visit for story time with Big City Readers and keep your eyes peeled for fun special events such as holiday parties. Check out my detailed review here.
Playroom Café—Mount Prospect
With a separate area for babies, this is the Chicagoland spot is perfect play space for parents like me with kids close together in age! Toddlers will love the wide variety of play equipment that promote creative, physical, constructive, and imaginative play. Make a day of it and eat lunch at the café’ that features drinks, smoothies, healthy kids meals, and delicious salads.
Present Place—Lakeview (River North coming soon!)
This popular play space is perfect for families looking to connect with one another in an urban oasis. Present Place offers a great cup of coffee, a comfy place for parents to sit and connect, and a dream playroom for kids filled with toys and activities to spark creativity in a beautiful and unique way.
It is impossible to not be inspired once you walk through the door of this Evanston play space. With a giant chalkboard wall and multiple art centers, the front room encourages kids to create while the back rooms encourage creative and pretend play. There are also different classes (music, sign language, etc.) that your toddler can sign up for through Gather. Check out my review of Gather here.
Waterlemon Kids—La Grange
This beautiful hybrid of boutique and play space is a hit for stylish Chicagoland kiddos and their parents. The play space is limited to kids 5 and under and has tons of creative play stations for your toddler’s growing interests. Stroller parking is severely limited, so leave it at home if possible and don’t miss the yummy snacks at the café!
As you can see, these Chicagoland play spaces are not just beautiful, but perfectly suited for toddlers. You won’t find big kids around to knock them over, and these soothing spaces have the perfect amount of stimulation for your curious child. Toddlers, look no further. THESE are your new hangouts.
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