Winter is getting closer and frolicking at the park for hours is no longer an option. Luckily Chicago is home to a robust variety of indoor spots where kids can play and parents can retain their sanity-and their clean homes. Here are 10 of our favorites from 2012:
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Why make a mess at home when you can Make-a-Messterpiece elsewhere? And, oh boy, is making a mess at this Glenview gem fun! An enormous painting area houses the necessities a budding Da Vinci desires-yards of paper in every color and design accessories to create the perfect work of art. The Lil Sprouts area helps budding gardeners hone their green thumbs. The Creative Kitchen gives the next generation of Charlie Trotters hands-on experience making unique edible treats.