New Family Attractions to Enjoy in Chicagoland

Try some amazing new things with your family.

Looking for something new and exciting to do with your family? Then check out one of the immersive experiences or head to Notebaert Nature Museum for some outdoor fun indoors. Your kids are going to thank you (or at least we hope they do!).

Nature’s PlaySpace

Now open

Kids ages 1-7 will love this new nature-themed immersive play area, which has more than 25 interactives in the 3,050-square-foot colorful space. The $4 million project’s goal is to connect Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s youngest visitors to nature and represents the largest investment in two decades at the museum. The play areas are modeled after Illinois habitats, with water tables, a larger-than-life bird nest, beaver lodge and a treehouse with a river slide, among other fun. 

Harry Potter: Magic at Play

Opens Nov. 11, 2022

This experience is full of hands-on magical interactivity for all ages that celebrate Harry’s journey in the wizarding world. Families will be immersed in Harry’s story from 4 Privet Drive to Hogwarts classes to try mastering “Wingardium Leviosa,” exploring the Potions dungeon and fending off Cornish Pixies in Defense Against the Dark Arts to practicing Quidditch and traversing the Forbidden Forest. Times vary. A gift shop is available for nonticketholders to get their Harry fix.

Sloomoo Institute

Opens Nov. 19, 2022

This new immersive experience for all ages combines the beauty of contemporary art and the fun of slime. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the “slime kitchen” and play in the never-ending hand-made colorful slime. The new loft space off Michigan Avenue features a series of fantastical, interactive experiences that delight the senses of sight, touch, smell and sound, including a DIY bar that offers 60 scents, 40 colors and 150 charms to make more than 4 million slime creations, dozens of vats of slime to dip your hands into, “Sloomoo Falls” where you can stand under a waterfall of slime, “Lake Sloomoo,” which provides 350 gallons of slime to walk on, a Yayoi Kusama Obliteration Room-inspired “Slime Wall,” Kinetic Sand “Doons,” ASMR experiences, soundscapes, scent exploration, immersive videos, AR surprises and more.    

The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle

Nov. 19-Dec. 31, 2022

See immersive projections and special effects, meet a life-sized Nutcracker, have photo ops and more.

Amaze Light Festival

Nov. 20-Jan. 8, 2022

  • Address: Odyssey Fun World, 19111 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park
  • Cost: $36/adult, $30/child

This hugely popular immersive storybook light experience gets even bigger this year. The lights festival comes alive every half hour with animated trees and performances. 

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