8 Activity Boxes Offered by Small Businesses in Chicagoland

The kids are getting bored being at home all day, what do you do now? These small businesses are getting creative to provide them endless entertainment with DIY kits focused on crafts, food and more. Here are some of our favorite activity boxes offered by Chicagoland shops and restaurants. 

Arts & Crafts

The Wishcraft Workshop: Starter Kits

Cost: Starting at $15

Kids can start a new hobby with the help of these starter sewing kits. The Wishcraft DIY T-Shirt Starter Kit includes a T-shirt with a design and other materials to allow kids to color in. We love the positive messages included in the designs such as “Knowledge is power” and “Books are television for the brain.” All kits are shipped. 

Bead in Hand: Kits for Sheltering in Place

Cost: Starting at $8

The Oak Park shop has put together kits (ages 6+) that can be shipped or picked up curbside at designated times. Kits include: Creating Patterns with Beads, Memory Wire Suncatcher Kit, Wacky Beaded Person and the Bead & Ring Wrap Bracelet.  

Easel Art Studio: Take Out Art

Cost: Back in stock on April 6 (Check website)

Sometimes it’s a hassle to find all the materials needed for a craft. Easel Art Studio makes it easier by selling art kits you can pick up at the Logan Square store. Take Out Art kits have themes like the Chicago flag, lady bugs, dinos and more. 


Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique: Let’s Bake at Home

Cost: $28

Receive a box of already-baked cupcakes and decorating materials for a fun activity at home. Sprinkles are included, of course! Delivery and pick-up is available at Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique’s location in The Loop.  

Frasca Pizzeria: DIY Pizza Kits 

Cost: $16 for 2 kits, $30 for 4 kits

We love when local restaurants provide an option for kids to make their own pizza. Well, now they can do it at home! Frasca Pizzeria is offering kits with dough, cheese, sauce and pepperoni/sausage. Pick-up and delivery options are available. 

Toys, puzzles, etc.

Smitten Boutique: Joy Bundles

Cost: $100

Smitten Boutique in the West Loop is selling Joy Box Bundles with products to entertain kids of all ages. There’s even a Joy Box Bundle for grown-ups too! We think these bundles will make the perfect birthday gift for your April babies. Free delivery is available. 

Royal Princess Parties: Royal PP Goody Grab Activity Box

Cost: $20

Inside the activity box (perfect for ages 3-7), you’ll find stickers, coloring sheets, grow pets, toys from Learning Express Toys, wearables and more. The boxes are available in both princess and superhero themes. Shipping is available. 

Becky & Me Toys: Social Distancing Fun Packs

Cost: Starting at $50

Becky & Me Toys wants to help keep your kids busy with packs of seven items for all ages. One for every day of the week! Items range from books, toys and kits. These packs are delivered locally (for free) or shipped. 

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