As we try to stay home as much as possible, cabin fever is hitting us hard. We’ve been missing our favorite indoor play places that help keep us parents sane. While many of these spots remain closed during the pandemic, a few indoor play places in Chicago and the suburbs have reopened with new COVID-19 guidelines and private playtimes available to help keep the play experience safe for families.
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Indoor Play Places Offering Private Rentals
- Address: 1015 N. Randall Road, Elgin
- Private rental costs: $250 for 90 minutes (up to 15 kids)
This popular play café has two separate rooms. The larger room has a jumping pad and a huge play structure with slides and obstacles. The other room is perfect for younger kids who can enjoy pretend play with the cafe’s mini town. While kids enjoy playing, parents can enjoy treats and drinks available for purchase.
- Address: 2760 W. 111th St., Chicago
- Private rental costs: $65-$115 for 90 minutes
Located in Beverly, the newly opened Little Hoppers offers open play options like sensory boards, pretend houses and Lego bricks to keep kids entertained. Currently, private play packages are available that can include up to 12 kids.
- Address: 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg; 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
- Private rental costs: $59 for 90 minutes (Monday-Thursday)
If you’re headed to the mall and need a break, Yu Kids Island has you covered with a colorful playground oasis. Rest assured parents, everything is padded in case the little ones take a topple. During the weekdays, private playtimes are offered for up to 10 guests max.
- Address: 25 S. La Grange Road, La Grange
- Private rental costs: $65-$95 for 90 minutes
This light, airy spot that is a combo play place/retail boutique and cafe gives you plenty of reasons to stay there all day long. Private playtimes include two options to allow up to 6 guests or 7-12.
- Address: 553 E. Dundee Road, Palatine
- Private rental costs: $60 for one hour
This indoor play place offers plenty of options for kids of all abilities. The gym includes crash mats and crash pillows, a zip line, sensory-based toys and more. Check the space’s Facebook page to find availability for upcoming private playtimes.
- Address: 10123 Grand Ave., Franklin Park
- Private rental costs: $100 for two hours
You can also find a second We Rock the Spectrum location in Franklin Park. With the same amount of fun as the Palatine location, private rentals are available for as many as 12 kids and adults.
- Address: 2540 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago
- Private rental costs: $400 for 2 hours
Fit City Kids offers a variety of classes including basketball, soccer, dance, art and more. But for drop-in play, kids will love the Cityscape Play Zone. Explore the soft play structure that spans more than 5,000 square feet for kids to jump and slide. Check out offers for private play parties that accommodate up to 10 kids for open free play or sports.
Other Indoor Play Places Open
- Address: 430 Asbury Ave., Evanston
This Evanston location, which offers more for kids 5-12, features a Little Beans play area for kids 0-6, a mini-village that boasts a Kids Clubhouse, a ninja obstacle course, a karaoke room, air hockey and ping pong tables and more.
This kids’ utopia features climbing walls (think beanstalk, dino skeleton, tire ladder), rope courses, building blocks, caves and drop slides, plus a Soft Play area for kids under 8 and a special zone for the tiniest of tots. Naperville’s location is larger than the original and includes interactive courses with more than 50 themed fun walls and areas, including a ninja course.
- Address: 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg
Every Lego enthusiast must visit this haven of building adventures. New is the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride featuring a chariot where brave kids set out to defeat the skeletons, vanquish the trolls and rescue a captured princess. Register for a two-hour play session Fridays-Sundays (all bricks and attractions are sanitized between playtimes).
- Address: 4905 Old Orchard Center, Skokie
Drop off the kids at FUNDAY, a boutique drop-off play space and activity center designed for kids ages 3 to 12 at Westfield Old Orchard while you get your shopping on. Check the schedule for special events, classes that include art, crafts, science, cooking and even yoga. Reservations are required during the week, and walk-ins are welcome on weekends.
- Address: 66 Orland Square Drive, Orland Park
Fun is all around you at this 47,000-square-foot fun center. From bumper cars to a skytrail system and laser tag to climbing walls and a two-level climbing structure complete with foam balls and a shooting foam ball “fountain,” everyone will be entertained.
- Address: 6374 W. Howard St., Niles
This is the place to help kids sleep well at bedtime. The themed inflatables – from Dora to superheroes to princesses – will find a fan in every child. Areas for toddlers ensure tots don’t get trampled.
- Various locations: Orland Park, Aurora, Elmhurst, Vernon Hills
This trampoline park offers plenty of bouncing, dodgeball, air basketball, warped wall and wall climb.
- Address: 701 W. North Ave., Villa Park
Pure fun awaits at the 62,000-square-feet facility. Choose from exciting attractions such as bumper cars, a Tilt-A-Whirl, or even the largest indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Little ones can hang out at the Lion’s Den soft play area that features a jungle maze and Merry-Go-Round. Reservations are highly recommended on weekends.
- Address: 1801 Knapp Drive, Crest Hill
Children ages 6 and up can join one of the “clubs,” which include activities like dance, cheer, video and board game playing, and arts and crafts. Plus, an inclusive playgroup is available for children with special needs.
- Address: 4314 E. New York St. Aurora
At Kiddy Club, the outdoors come inside by pretending to be at the beach in the silica-free sandbox. The colorful play area includes a water bed, climbers, slides that lead to a ball pit, palm tree swings and honeycomb slides for babies. Kids can jam out on the dance floor, and if you time it right – bubbles may make an appearance! A drop-off service is also offered.
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