Family Guide to Schaumburg: 11 Fun Things to Do with Kids

Discover the best family activities in Schaumburg! Explore parks, indoor play areas, top schools and unique dining options.

Located in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago (and easily accessible by highway), Schaumburg is a great choice for family fun. Once a small farming community, the village has blossomed with food options everywhere you turn, shops and kid-friendly attractions. 

The community boasts fantastic amenities that would make any town envious — a park district full of programs, an award-winning library, festivals to bring the community together, a farmer’s market, and so many places for kids to play.

Read more about Schaumburg in our family guide. 

This article was recently updated on May 17, 2024 by Chicago Parent’s Audience Development Manager, Katina Beniaris. The update included her creating an interactive map to make it easier to find the best things to do near you. Questions? Please reach out to

Quick stats about Schaumburg

Things to Do with Kids in Schaumburg
Photo credit: Schaumburg Park District

  • Population: 77,571
  • County: Cook
  • Median house value: $303,000
  • Median rent: $1,680
  • School districts: Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District 54, Township High School District No. 211, Palatine School District 15, School District U-46
  • Top schools: Thomas Dooley Elementary School (A), Jane Addams Junior High School (A), Schaumburg High School (A-plus)
  • Transportation: Walk Score 43/100 (Car Dependent), Bike Score 66/100 (Bikeable)
  • Random fact: In Niche’s 2024 Best Places rankings, Schaumburg was ranked No. 13 in Best Suburbs to Buy a House in Cook County

*Information provided by Redfin and Niche.

Fun things to do with kids in Schaumburg

Schaumburg has so many great activities for families! Whether you live there or want to visit the town for the day, check out these stories:

And here are our top picks for things to do with kids in Schaumburg.

Spring Valley

With the nature-based playground, Bison’s Bluff, a living historical farm, a nature center and hiking trails, Spring Valley is Schaumburg’s hidden gem and the perfect way to spend the day in town.

Challenge Course at Meineke Park

Meineke Park
Photo credit: Meineke Park/Cheryl Eugenio

Kiddos who strive to become the next American Ninja Warrior can test their skills at the Meineke Park’s Challenge Course, a full-fledged ninja obstacle course including climbing walls, rope weaving, floating boards and so much more. 

The Water Works Indoor Water Park

Indoor Water Parks Chicagoland - The Water Works
Photo credit: Schaumburg Park District

Dive into fun at this indoor water park, where families can enjoy water slides, a zero-depth pool, a sprayground, and swimming and water aerobics classes throughout the year.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

Legoland Discovery Center
Photo credit: Legoland Discovery Center

Lego fans can enjoy a day of building, along with attractions like the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, Merlin’s Apprentice Ride and the LEGO 4D cinema. 

Woodfield Mall

Woodfield Mall
Photo credit: Woodfield Mall

As one of the largest shopping destinations in the nation, Woodfield Mall features kid’s stores like Build-a-Bear Workshop, The Lego Store, Radio Flyer and so much more. Plus, plenty of indoor play places including Peppa Pig World of Play and Yu Kids Island.

Kids Art & Café

This indoor playground promotes creativity with slides, a ball pit, dollhouse and other fun toys. Art classes, special events and birthday parties are also offered. 

Pilot Pete’s

Watch planes take off from Schaumburg Airport at this aviation-themed eatery. Inside the restaurant, you’ll find model planes hanging from the ceiling and other aviation memorabilia. 

Read more: Take Flight at Pilot Pete’s in Schaumburg

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar

Things to Do with Kids in Woodfield
Photo credit: Kura Sushi/Emily J Davis

Families who love sushi have to check out Kura. The highlight here is that the sushi is served on a conveyor belt! Kids and adults will love to watch their plates wind around to their tables, and you can easily order on their tableside touchscreen. 

Medieval Times

Medieval Times
Photo credit: Medieval Times

Travel back to the Middle Ages with a classic show at Medieval Times. Families have to see the action-packed show at least once, along with enjoying the four-course feast without any utensils! 

The Donut Drop

From classic flavors like a glazed or chocolate to something more unique such as the Nutella S’mores or Maple Bacon Ring, Donut Drop will satisfy your sweet tooth craving. 


Photo credit: Kurimu Chicago

Kurimu isn’t your typical soft serve spot. The ice cream flavors alone include more than 22 options like Very Avocado, Mango Tango, Chocolate Supreme and more.

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Katina Beniaris
Katina Beniaris
As audience development manager, Katina Beniaris digs into data to help the Chicago Parent team learn about our audiences and tailor better content for them. She has more than five years of experience in content creation.
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