Where to Take Your Little Thrill Seekers in Chicagoland

It’s no secret that kids are constantly freaking out their parents with their daredevil ways. I mean, isn’t it more fun to ride your bike while wearing roller skates instead of without??! I actually have a video of my three year old doing this at our local roller rink and the decibel of my voice is DEAFENING. So instead of fighting my boys and their adventurous ways, I have found the perfect spot for my risk takers that doesn’t raise my blood pressure…too much. If you have a Evel Knievel on your hands, check out these Chicagoland spots with your little thrill seeker.

Little Beans Evanston

Ages: 6 months and up

Why it’s awesome: Little Beans Evanston has a fun and interactive space for kids of all ages. But what really sets it apart is the ninja course that older kids can race through. Zip lines, foam pits, and more…and did I mention the delicious coffee and pastries?


Maggie Daley Park

Ages: 6 months and up

Why it’s awesome: Maggie Daley Park is Chicago’s ULTIMATE playground. Although it can get crowded, if you follow my tips you will have such a great time exploring all of the unique playground equipment, taking in the gorgeous city sites, and admiring this free family friendly gem.


Santa’s Village

Ages: One year and up

Why it’s awesome: There truly is something for everyone at Santa’s Village, from a petting zoo and playgrounds for the timid ones, to roller coasters and high octane games for the older kiddos. Don’t go to Santa’s Village without reading through my tips and tricks!

Navy Pier

Ages: One year and up

Why it’s awesome: Tourist trap, no more! Have you been to Navy Pier post remodel? It’s amazing! There are tons of family friendly activities, from splash pads to rides, restaurants, and so much more. I’m not sure what is more rewarding for thrill seekers…the massive Centennial Wheel or the speedboat rides.  Stop by on a Wednesday or Saturday night to take in the free fireworks show as well…just pack some noise cancelling headphones for the little ones!


Brookfield Zoo

Ages: Two years and up

Why it’s awesome: As we all know, everyone can enjoy the zoo, no matter the age. But the Brookfield Zoo is amping up the level of excitement this summer by allowing zoo patrons to feed certain animals at certain times throughout the zoo. There are also backstage activities available for older children, as well as animal encounters at the Hamill Family Play Zoo. My boys and I absolutely LOVED feeding the giraffes, my favorite animals! Don’t leave home without checking my insider’s guide for tackling the massive zoo in one day.

Raging Waves

Ages: One year and up

Why it’s awesome: This massive and clean water park has something for absolutely everyone. Relax on the lazy river, build sandcastles, splash in the wave pool, or if you are brave enough tackle all of the slides. Read more about why our family loves Raging Waves here.


Pirate’s Cove

Ages: Two years and up

Why it’s awesome: Kids can independently enjoy the rides at the Pirate’s Cove amusement park. Imagine typical carnival rides but on a small scale so even wee ones can enjoy an appropriate size version of the “Fun Slide,” carousel, boat rides, and more. Check out my boys’ favorites here.

Here’s to hoping your adventures don’t require any band-aids. Take it easy, Chicagoland!
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  1. robin rue says

    Sounds like there is lots of fun to be had in your area. I think it’s awesome when there are a lot of options for the kiddos.

  2. Alli Smith says

    If I’m ever in the Chicago area, these are must visit places to take the kids. They are all daredevils and would dive headfirst into all of these fun adventures.

  3. Pam Wattenbarger says

    These sound like great ways to keep little thrill-seekers entertained in the Chicago area over the summer. My granddaughter would enjoy all of these.

  4. Claudia Krusch says

    These all sound like great things to do with the family. I would love to start with the Brookfield Zoo.

  5. rika says

    A great info for parents who are going to visit this place! I have never been there, sounds like a very fun place for kids.

  6. Neha Saini says

    Amusement park! Boat rides! Fireworks! Foam pits! You’ve got me Amanda! You and Chicago have got me deep.

  7. Neha says

    Amusement park! Boat rides! Fireworks! Foam pits! You’ve got me Amanda! You and Chicago have got me deep.

  8. Rebecca Swenor says

    These are all fun exciting place to bring the kids in Chicagoland. The Pirate’s Cove would be something I know my nieces and nephews would indeed love. Thanks for sharing these awesome places in Chicago.

  9. Jilly Spellman says

    We will be heading to Santas Village soon. My boys loved it last year and it will be nice since they’re bigger and can go on more things this year.

  10. Anosa says

    Its lovely that they have things even for the babies and toddlers, ususally they get left out. My son would love the petting zoo, you know when I let him have ago after me lol

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