When the heat hits Chicago, there’s no denying that it’s hard to figure out what to do with the kids. Stay cool all summer long with these fun kid-approved solutions for families in the city and suburbs.
1. Play indoors.
Your kids won’t mind jumping around at an indoor play place while you sit back and enjoy the AC. Bring the indoor fun to the next level by riding rollercoasters and bumper cars at these indoor amusement parks.
2. Sing and shout.
Dance around with your energetic little ones! Luckily, these locations offer plenty of drop-in music classes to keep them moving.
3. Head to a water park.
As great as your local park district pool is during the summer, treat your kiddos to an awesome day at one of these aquatic centers in the suburbs.
4. Enjoy nature inside.
5. Take a boat ride.
6. Visit a cooling center.
It’s important to stay safe during a heat advisory! Check on your neighbors and if you or someone does not have a working AC, visit one of these cooling centers provided by the Chicago Park District.
7. Eat all the ice cream.
8. Have a beach day.
If you can handle the heat, head to these family-friendly beaches in Chicago and we won’t be surprised if you spend a lot of time in the water.
9. Attend an indoor event.
10. Visit an escape room.
Now’s the time to put your family to the test and try out an escape room. We’ve found some kid-friendly options for you.
11. Play mini golf.
12. See a show.
13. Run around a splash pad.
Let the kids loose at these fun spraygrounds and splash pads in the city and suburbs. And parents, we know you won’t hesitate to get wet too.
14. Climb your heart out.
Your adventurous rug rats will love to visit one of these indoor rock climbing gyms. It’s also a fun workout for the whole family!
15. Go to a museum.
Enjoy a day of learning at one of your favorite Chicagoland museums! Your kids will get a kick out of the Field Museum’s new Fantastic Bug Encounters! exhibit. If you’re on the budget, check out our complete list of free museum days.
16. Hit the movies.
17. Make a cool craft.
18. Visit the library.
A trip to your local library never fails. They might even have a fun event going on while you’re there! If not, you should definitely check out some new children’s books we’ve featured in the past.
19. Splash around indoors.
20. Enjoy some classic Italian ice.
After having some ice cream with the family, you can save some room for Italian ice too. We recommend checking out these Italian ice spots.
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