Shop, Learn and Play at Playoddity in Vernon Hills

This creative family space is making toy stores a place you can play!

Playoddity at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills knows that toy stores should be fun

Let’s face it —sometimes, trying to shop while your child is throwing a fit, doesn’t want to be told to put a toy back on the shelf or just wants to run all over the store can be anything but enjoyable. 

At Playoddity, keeping little hands and attention spans occupied has never been easier. The family store and play space is designed just for kids. While parents shop a curated collection of toys, books, games and more, kids can join in on short workshops and crafting sessions that are fun, educational and just a bit odd. 

Quick details about Playoddity

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  • Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
  • Cost: Free entry. Workshops are $10-$25/child and free for parents. 
  • Pro tip: When you arrive at Hawthorn Mall, grab a Smart Carte — a colorful shopping cart/stroller combo with a toy steering wheel to keep little hands occupied until you get to Playoddity.  

At the Arts, Crafts & Relaxation workshop, kids ages 3 and up can express themselves in a 45-minute creative class. The 20-minute Emotions Matter workshop is a great way for children to learn to express and navigate their feelings. For adventure seekers ages 5 and up, the Pirates Scavenger Hunt is an exciting 20-minute challenge. Special workshops for homeschool families are offered on Thursdays. 

Families can bring the creative fun of Playoddity’s workshop home with them by purchasing an Activity Kit. From activity kits with themes from art color theory and Family Olympic Games to household chores, Playoddity can help your family add an imaginative spark to your next night in. Plus, the items in the kits are reusable and adaptable, so there’s no end to the new games and stories you can create with your kids. 

Playoddity also offers everything you need to host your child’s next birthday party, including a private party space, food and sweets, photo walls, creative workshops and activities as well as facilitated games and more. 

While you could spend the entire day shopping, learning and playing at Playoddity, we found some other great places to visit in Vernon Hills with kids. 

Other things to do with kids in Vernon Hills


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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Chicago Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for Chicagoland families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.

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