Rainy Day Activities for Chicagoland Kids

Don't let the rain ruin your family fun.

Rainy days tend to sneak up on us, don’t they? In Chicagoland, it can be sunny and beautiful one day and on the next, it’s all gloomy. What we know is that a rainy day can put a damper on our plans for the day, too.

But don’t worry, if you’re stuck on what to do when rain hits, we’ve got indoor attractions and kid-friendly places to help save the day. Check out these rainy-day solutions that guarantee lots of family fun.

Put together a puzzle 

Order a new puzzle or grab an old favorite from the back of your closet and test your family’s problem-solving skills by building a puzzle together. Looking for a more challenging option? Try building a 3-D model house puzzle with your kiddos. It’s only $20 on Amazon. 

Jump around at an indoor play place

Tired of the kids jumping on the bed? Our mega list includes the best indoor play places for kids and we promise that they’ll sleep soundly on the way home.

Watch a movie

Splurge on some popcorn and see one of the latest family movies out in theaters. Don’t feel like leaving the house? We’ve got you covered with the newest movies and shows streaming for kids this month.

Eat at a new restaurant

If you’re a family of foodies, consider going out to eat. Here is a list of themed restaurants that will make your dining experience even more fun.

Go to a museum

Chicagoland museums are made for rainy days. These are some great local museums families should visit at least once.

Visit your local library

A trip to the library is never a bad idea, especially on a rainy day. Also, did you know you can check out some one-of-a-kind items from your local library?

Climb your heart out

Your daredevils will love nothing more than to hit these indoor rock climbing gyms. Parents, you can join in on the fun, too!

Just keep swimming

Even if it’s pouring, that doesn’t stop us to enjoy some water fun at these indoor swimming pools. Be sure to check before visiting to make sure the pools are open for all swimmers!

Hang out at a coffee shop

On a rainy day, even parents deserve a cup of coffee. Your kids will even fun at these local coffee shops.

See some nature

These nature centers will give your kiddos plenty of space to explore indoors. But if the rain’s not too bad, they can also have fun jumping into puddles.

Go shopping

Support some small businesses by visiting your favorite independent toy store. Your kids won’t get bored shopping either.

Treat yourself to a dessert

It’s rainy, it’s pouring. That shouldn’t stop you to go out and get something sweet! Here are some over-the-top desserts in Chicagoland.

Get moving

Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can’t get moving! Get the wiggles out with one of these fun workouts you can do in your living room. Dance around the house with a zumba class for kids or do some full body exercises to stay active while you wait out the rain.

Go mini golfing

Your game won’t get rained out when you play at one of these indoor courses. Choose from a variety of unique mini golf games, like  glow-in-the-dark space golf or a high-tech version of mini golf.

Attend an art workshop 

Getting creative at an art studio means you don’t need to prep, buy materials or worry about cleaning up — just show up and get artsy! Check out these workshops for rug tufting, ceramics, painting and more. 

Have a tea party

Host an afternoon tea party while you wish for the rain to go away. From preparing tea time food and drinks to learning how to host a party, this guide will help your little one host the perfect tea time. 

Build a fort

Ignore the gloomy weather by building a cozy fort inside. Spend the afternoon playing pretend in your newly constructed castle, skyscraper or space shuttle fort, or build a cozy nest where you can cuddle up and watch a rainy day movie.

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