Parents dream of a place where we can take our kids to play
safely and burn off energy while we sit with a magazine or check
our e-mail. Two new indoor play venues look to make our dreams come
For city dwellers, Day Frog provides a large, immaculately clean
space where kids can let their bodies and imaginations run wild.
Giant covered slides, scooters, trikes and plenty of room to run
add up to fun physical activity.
Kids can also find quiet play with costumes, two well-equipped
train tables, games and puppets.
Day Frog boasts an excellent staff that engages the children and
maintains order, making it easier for parents to relax. They also
run classes throughout the day, such as music, art and cooking,
which are free with admission.
Parking rates in the area are steep (even with the Day Frog
discount) so consider public transportation or hope for the lucky
metered street spot.
For west suburban families, Little Monkey Bizness packs together
an indoor play center and coffee shop.
The enclosed play area has several large climbing structures,
multiple slides and an inflatable bounce house to keep kids
constantly on the move. The playful staff pushes kids on swings,
keeps guests playing safely and administers to the occasional
boo-boo. Babies under 2 are welcome in a special enclosed area
filled with soft toys, still in the center of the action, but
The café area overlooks the play space, allowing parents to keep
an eye on their children while enjoying coffee, sandwiches or a
snack. Outside food is not permitted. Both locations are no shoes,
so remember socks.
• Day Frog
233 E. Erie St., Chicago
• Little Monkey Bizness
4700 Gilbert Ave., #51
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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