There's nothing like a combination of antsy kids and bad weather to make you seriously consider boarding school. But an afternoon at these five indoor play spots will let your kids let loose - and let you keep your sanity.
This artificially-turfed facility offers automatic pitching machines, manual-feed pitching machines and pitching cages with mounds. BASH also offers private and semi-private instruction in everything from hitting to pitching, as well as clinics and classes.2617 W. Fletcher St. Chicago (773) 588-BASH (2274)
Ice skating, laser tag, video arcade and 18 holes of blacklight miniature golf. Restaurant serves homemade pizza. Birthday party packages available.6152 W. Grand Ave. Gurnee (847) 856-1064
Recreation center with two ice skating rinks, hockey and figure skating classes, hockey leagues, speedskating, broomball and a concession stand.1701 Main St. Evanston (847) 448-8258
This rink offers classes, lessons and birthday parties in addition to open skate hours.615 S. Consumers Ave. Palatine (847) 394-9199
Private parties, public skating, adult and child classes and private lessons.201 W. 22nd St. Lombard (630) 953-2400