Too much playtime makes mommies go crazy. But too many adult activities like shopping make kids get cranky.
Thank goodness there's a happy compromise to keep everyone sane: Mall play spaces. If the kids are good while you shop, they can play when you're done.
Bonus: They're all free.
Keep the kids happy Summer may be done, but this cheerful, garden-themed space will keep little ones running off steam for hours. It has playful structures in the shapes of ladybugs, bumble bees and even one enormously inviting serpent. There's also a fun maze that encloses one side of the area and a wall of benches where the parents can relax while they keep a close eye on their kiddos. Slides and crawling structures keep older children up to age 9 entertained.
Keep the moms happy Since the play space just opened in July, it's not filled with germs yet.
When you're done playing Check out the brand new event space called The Cube, which is built entirely out of glass. It's an climate-controlled area for performances and interactive displays year-round. But even if there isn't anything going on in there, it's still pretty neat to see.
Details 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, (847) 673-6800, westfield.com