Cabin Fever Remedies for Kids in Chicago
Mom & Tot Bowling at Pinstripes
Both Pinstripes are located in upscale shopping plazas, so you can do a little shopping and then reward the kids with some fun.
150 Willow Road, Northbrook, IL 100 West Higgins Road, South Barrington, IL
Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - noon
$5 per child; moms bowl FREE
Free Days at Brookfield Zoo
You may not think about the zoo as a winter destination, but it's actually a great time to visit because some animals are only active in the cooler weather. Many exhibits are indoors, too, so if you get cold you can warm up in one of those.
Through Feb. 28th, you can visit the Brookfield Zoo for free on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is also free the Hamill Family Play Zoo during this time. Of course, Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is always free.
Like Brookfield Zoo, many of Chicago's museums sponsor free admission days throughout the year. It's not easy to remember when these free days occur, so kidwinks has a link to Chicago Museum Free Days http://www.kidwinks.com/KidsEvents/7/ChicagoFreeDays/16250/ on the kidwinks homepage so parents can easily find which museums are offering free admission days and when.
8401 31st Street, Brookfield, IL
FREE admission Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through February 28th
Growth Spurts is a children's indoor play space and family cafe for ages birth to 5 years. The clean, cozy space is owned by sister educators who gave a great deal of thought to the design so it appealed to all types of learners. Kids can enjoy the Crooked House, the Art Studio, the Train Table, the Fill and Spill area, Toddler Gym, educational toys and more.
While the kids are busy, moms can relax and visit or enjoy a cup of coffee while still keeping their eyes on the little ones. The owners truly believe in supporting other local, family-owned businesses, and source whatever they can from these businesses, including their furniture, food, toys and more.
Many more indoor play areas can be found in kidwinks' online Indoor Play Areas Guide. http://www.kidwinks.com/FamilyFun/4/KidwinksIndoorPlayAreas/7652/
404 Linden Avenue, Wilmette, IL
Open play Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. ; Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
$10.95 per child; $5.95 for siblings
5 and under
Kidz Drop In
Kidz Drop In is a family owned and operated childcare/daycare center with truly flexible childcare and preschool 7 days a week. On the weekends they host Friday Movie and Popcorn Night and Super Fun Saturdays, with Wii games for older children. This is a great alternative not only when parents want a date night or time to run errands, but also for when the kids are just plain bored and mom's not up to entertaining them.
602 N. Michigan Avenue, Elmhurst, IL
Monday Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. ; Friday 7:00 a.m. - midnight; Saturday 8:00 a.m. - midnight; Sunday by appointment only
420 W. 5th, Naperville, IL
Monday Thursday 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. ; Friday 6:00 a.m. - midnight; Saturday 8:00 a.m. - midnight; Sunday by appointment only
$9/hour for 1 child; $11/hour for 2 children; infants are $11/hour. Flat rates for Friday and Saturday nights 6:30 p.m. - midnight.
6 weeks to 12 years
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