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 This recently renovated indoor playground has a vibrant color palette, featuring frogs, bears and worms. But there's way more than your standard indoor playground here, including a two-story carousel and a fountain that does all those cool water tricks that can entertain kids for hours.
Keep the moms happy The play area is wonderfully close to the family bathrooms, so you can dash back and forth and won't have to be annoyed by your child's pea-sized bladder.
When you're done playing Check out the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway St., Aurora, (630) 892-1572, auroraregionalfiremuseum.org
Details 2176 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora, (630) 820-5323, westfield.com/foxvalley