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A Guide to Indoor Activities and Play Spaces for Kids Near Oak Park

Located just outside of Chicago, Oak Park is no stranger to chillier winter weather. But as things cool down, there’s still plenty to do. 

 

From children’s museums to indoor playgrounds and trampoline parks, you’ll find lots of ways to stay engaged indoors.

 

Take a look!

Indoor Play Spaces
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There's lots of incredible indoor play spaces.

Cubhouse Indoor Playground (Oak Park)

Located in the Stevenson Center in Oak Park, Cubhouse Indoor Playground is where children (ages 8 months to 5 years) can enjoy socializing with others their age on a magical indoor playground. 

There is a designated infant area, daily crafts and story time, and an area to build and climb. Plus, you’ll also find a snack bar and workstation for parents!

You can even rent out spaces to host your next birthday.

Open from October to April, the space is dedicated to being a fun, safe, and clean space for kids. 

 

Click here to learn more. 

Eagle Youth Sports (Brookfield)

At Eagle Youth Sports, fun and embracing challenges are the top priorities. The volunteer coaches are committed to working with players from pre-kindergarten to 8th Grade to help them reach their highest potential and have a great time at practice and during games. They offer floor hockey and flag football leagues.

The league promotes a positive culture of learning and playing team sports without the pressure to win. All children are given the opportunity to play, regardless of their skill level. 

 

Click here to learn more. 

Funflatables (North Riverside)

If you’re looking for a place for your kids to jump, climb, and slide their way into fun - look no further than Funflatables. 

Funflatables is an indoor, year-round inflatable playroom where kids of all ages can enjoy an amazing experience.


There are options for open play and even rentals for kid’s birthday parties. And with a location in North Riverside, fun is just around the corner.

 

Click here to learn more. 

Let’s Play Work (Forest Park)

It’s cold outside, and your kids need something fun, but you still have to get some work done. Why not check out Let’s Play Work?

 

Let’s Play Work strives to help working parents and caregivers find the work-life balance we all need. 

 

With remote work options more prevalent than ever, more people opt to work in places other than the traditional office. Let’s Play Work offers a space for your kids to enjoy fun and meaningful play so you can get your work done.

 

Adults can find:

 

Comfortable office seating

Conference tables with built-in charging stations
Free Wi-Fi

 

Let's Play Work is also an excellent option for hosting stress-free birthday parties and family events. 

 

Click here to learn more. 

My Gym (River Forest)

At My Gym River Forest, they’re creating moments that matter. 


My Gym was born out of a passion to teach children in a fun, physically engaging space. From first steps to jumping around, they foster a nurturing environment to share in on your children’s milestones and accomplishments through fun and engaging activities. 


Their goal is to create a space where children feel loved and supported so their self-esteem can flourish. 

My Gym offers:

 

Classes and programs - like Waddles (4m - 18m) and Practice and Play (6m to 9yrs)

Camps for summer, winter, and spring

A wide range of events - from parents night out to holiday parties

And even options to rent their party room for private events, like birthday parties! 


 

With 700+ locations worldwide, we are lucky to have one locally that benefits the families of our communities.

 

Click here to learn more. 

Waterlemon (La Grange)

Waterlemon is a stylish and modern indoor play space and party venue for children five and younger and their parents. The founder aimed to create a cozy, peaceful environment where kids could play creatively, and parents could relax with a coffee and watch their little ones. Located in the heart of downtown LaGrange.

Cleanliness is a top priority at Waterlemon, which is dedicated to maintaining rigorous cleaning practices to ensure the safety of every child who plays there. Visit this adorable space for a day of play, a little shopping, or even a very special storytime.

 

Click here to learn more. 

 

 

We Rock the Spectrum Kids’ Gym (Franklin Park)

We Rock the Spectrum Franklin Park provides a safe, nurturing, and sensory-friendly environment to foster learning, exploration, and safe sensory experiences. This is a place where all children can experience a fun and motivational environment to help them with strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. Their unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development.

 

We Rock the Spectrum includes twelve specialized pieces of sensory equipment, including a zip line, zip box with slide, crash pit, trampoline, tunnel, carpet swing, hammock swing, climbing structure, bolster swing, swivel rotators, climbing mountain, and rope bridge. Families can enjoy open play and private sessions or host a private party.

 

Click here to learn more. 

Learning and Creativity
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There’s no limit to learning and creativity in the Western Suburbs. Check it out!

Brookfield Academy for Mini Musicians (Brookfield)

The Brookfield Academy for Mini Musicians brings joy into the lives of little ones by way of classes designed to introduce children to music.

 

Learn and musically engage with your child in the “caregiver and me” classes for the really little ones, and let them hit their musical stride in the drop-off classes.

 

This premier music academy for kiddos in the Chicagoland area is a joyful learning environment for little ones and caregivers alike. Students come from all over the area, including Brookfield, La Grange, La Grange Park, Elmhurst, Riverside, North Riverside, Berwyn, Chicago, Oak Park, and River Forest.

 

Click here to learn more. 

 

 

Frick Kids Art (Oak Park)

Frick Kids Art Studio provides creative spaces to explore and make beautiful art. The studio offers hands-on, play-based learning classes for the youngest artists that tap into their natural curiosity and creativity. From pre-k through 6th grade, kids can find classes or camps on printmaking, outdoor art, or animal tracks. The studio is also available for private lessons or birthday parties. 

 

Explore your artistic side at Frick Kids Art!

 

Click here to learn more. 

 

 

Joyful Noise Music Studio (River Forest)

Joyful Noise Music Studio classes are designed to nurture a child's musical aptitude. They engage children and their families in singing and movement activities, helping to attune the ear, refine the voice, and develop a rhythmic body through which music can be expressed. 

 

Instrumental activities are also part of the program, ranging from simple rhythm instruments such as sticks and drums for babies and toddlers to playing keyboards for older children. 

 

Classes are offered for children 0-5 and are based on the Musikgarten philosophy, which focuses on nurturing children's natural musical abilities.

 

Click here to learn more. 

Kid Create Studio Oak Park (Oak Park)

The creation of Kid Create Studio was inspired by a kindergartner who was frustrated by spelling but loved art. So began the adventure to create a space where kids like this could thrive. 

The owners of Kid Create Studio believe in the power of art to teach, inspire, and build self-esteem. The art studio was designed for kids and combines quality art education with a fun, kid-friendly environment. 

At Kid Create Studio Oak Park, you’ll find weekly classes, camps, and workshops that are age-specific and tailored to provide each student with the curriculum that suits them best.

All while their creativity is nourished. 

 

Click here to learn more. 

Magical Minds Studio (Oak Park)

Magical Minds Studio is where children 18 months and older can engage in hands-on, creative learning through process-driven art. Since opening in 2008, it has expanded to include a variety of creative spaces, such as a maker space, ceramics studio, and backyard, in addition to its main studio. 

 

They follow the principles of the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which emphasizes exploration and a love of learning. The open floor plan and supportive environment foster collaboration and problem-solving skills in children of all ages. They offer a variety of workshops and camps, and the studio is a perfect spot for a birthday party as well!

 

Click here to learn more. 

Music Together You and Yours (Oak Park)

Have you ever wondered what you can do to nurture your child's musical growth, regardless of your own musical ability? Experience Music Together and find out how important- and how fun- your role can be!
 
The Music Together classes build on your child's natural enthusiasm for music and movement. They'll help provide your child with the basic musical skills needed to enjoy school and social musical activities and study an instrument, should they choose.
 
With early childhood music classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids and their parents and caregivers, Music Together offers something for all developmental ages and stages.

 

Click here to learn more. 

Schoolhouse Kitchen + School (Oak Park)

At the Schoolhouse Kitchen + Studio in River Forest, kids are in charge of the kitchen!


These cooking classes are divided into age groups, catering to aspiring chefs from pre-school to pre-teen. The students learn more than just kitchen skills. The aim is to get kids comfortable with food and foster knowledge about agriculture and sustainable cooking practices.

 

Click here to learn more. 

Wonder Works (Oak Park)

Wonder Works is a child-sized world with eight experience zones, each one designed to encourage learning, creativity, and imagination through play.  

Their mission is to create an environment that sparks curiosity and creativity in all young children through positive play-based learning experiences. In addition to daily fun, they host special events and activities throughout the year. 

Guests can purchase a daily admission ticket or sign up for a Wonder Works membership. The museum also offers opportunities for field trips, parent & caregiver programming, and private and semi-private parties. 

Click here to learn more. 

Libraries
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The unsung heroes of all of our communities, your local library is one of the best places for indoor fun of all types.

Did you know that your library has way more than just books?

In addition to the wonder of stories that line the walls of these beautiful buildings, the libraries in our communities also have fun activities for the whole family. From story times and crafts to indoor fairs and holiday events, check out your local library to see what’s in store for you and your family.