Family Guide to Naperville: 10 Fun Things to Do with Kids

The state’s fourth most populous city offers great options for families.

If you’re looking for a bustling suburb with things to do with family, Naperville is a wonderful town. This western suburb features a thriving downtown area, along with great schools and family attractions.

Downtown Naperville offers a mixture of adorable independent boutiques as well as well-known brand stores. Natural beauty also awaits with a scenic Riverwalk and plenty of open space. And when hunger strikes, you’ll find plenty of options to fulfill any craving. Here’s our living guide to Naperville. 

This article was recently updated on April 11, 2024 by Chicago Parent’s Audience Development Manager, Katina Beniaris. The update included her research to feature the latest information on the best things to do in Naperville with kids. Questions? Please reach out to katina@chicagoparent.com.

Quick stats about Naperville

DuPage Children's Museum
Photo credit: DuPage Children’s Museum

  • Population: 149,089
  • County: DuPage, Will
  • Median house value: $523,500
  • School district: Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204
  • Top schools: Meadow Glens Elementary School (A+), Kennedy Junior High School (A+), Neuqua Valley High School (A+) 
  • Transportation: Walk Score 34/100 (Car Dependent,) Bike Score 45/100 (Somewhat Bikeable)
  • Fun fact: In Niche’s 2023 Best Places rankings, Naperville was No. 1 in Best Cities to Raise a Family in America. 

*Information provided by Redfin and Niche.

Kid-friendly spots in Naperville

Everdine's Grilled Cheese Co.
Photo credit: Everdine’s Grilled Cheese Co.

Whether you live in the bustling suburb or want to visit for the day, there is plenty of room for family fun in Naperville like:

Check out some of our top picks for things to do with kids below. 

Anderson’s Bookshop

This independent bookstore highlights a wide selection of books for all ages and hosts regular events, including book signings by both local and renowned authors.

DuPage Children’s Museum

Since 1987, the DuPage Children’s Museum has blended learning with play, offering interactive exhibits on science, art and more. Highlights include the annual Bubble Bash for New Year’s Eve and special days for children with disabilities. 

Everdine’s Grilled Cheese Company

Everdine’s caters to all grilled cheese lovers, with classic and gourmet options on buttery Texas toast. Even your picky eaters can’t complain!

Funtopia

This is definitely not your typical wall climbing experience. The colorful themed climbing walls offer a variety of challenges as well as a ninja course for more fun.

Guzman y Gomez

When hunger strikes and you need something fast, stop by Guzman y Gomez for yummy tacos and burritos as well as churro sundaes and horchata. It also has a drive-thru so you don’t even need to get out!

JoJo’s ShakeBar

A must-visit for dessert aficionados, JoJo’s ShakeBar is known for its extravagant Biggie Shakes with flavors from blueberry to vegan banana Oreo, all adorned with lavish toppings like cotton candy and s’mores. 

Little Barn Baby

Dress up your little fashionistas at this adorable boutique shop that not only sells clothing but gifts, toys and decor.

Naper Settlement

This dynamic outdoor museum in downtown Naperville offers a journey through history with interactive exhibits and programs across 12 acres.

Naperville Riverwalk

No matter the season, taking a stroll along the Naperville Riverwalk is always a welcome activity. Looking for a great view? Climb 14 stories high up the 160-foot Moser Tower for views of the city, Riverwalk and Centennial Beach.

Treasures Naperville

Treasures in downtown Naperville is a toy store with unique games and gadgets with playable demonstrations to try out before you buy. 


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