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:
Nothing's more fun than heading to one of the many children's museums in the Chicago area, where it's all about hands-on learning and fun.
Come on--get your hands dirty. These pottery shops all let kids (and parents!) work the clay, make a mess and actually create something wonderful to take home.
Malls have the best of both worlds--a chance to get some shopping done plus kids' play areas to let kids run and shout.
Art can be made from absolutely anything. Children intuitively know this-think lipstick portraits on the living room wall. Adults seem to forget that art can have humble beginnings.
Before you buy expensive art supplies, see what you can find at home. Your recycling bin is a fabulous (and cost effective) resource for craft materials. Plus, using recycled items is a wonderful way to stretch your child's imagination and creativity, while also teaching him to live a little "greener." Next time you are about to toss something into the recycling bin, ask yourself, "Could we use this to make something fun or interesting?"