Rainy Day – Indoor Play

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Last week, kids on Spring Break experienced cold and snow.  Just when you think kids on Spring Break this week are in the clear, here comes the rain!  Well, it is the Midwest…

So enough complaining – Spring Break is here for many of us, and this ain’t no beach in Florida. We have a treasure trove of indoor fun here in Lake County.   We put together a quick list of indoor fun available TODAY.  So it’s raining? So what? You can still find fun, adventure, and a warm place to play in Lake County.

*Please always call ahead for hours, pricing, and availability

For School Age Children

BellasBella’s Bouncies Indoors, 1600 N Milwaukee Ave #402, Lake Villa (847) 546-7000. Read Melissa’s Birthday Party Review

Skate on Grand Roller Rink, 720 E Grand Ave, Fox Lake (847) 587-2350

Rink Side Sports & Family Entertainment Center, 6152 West Grand Ave., Gurnee {Gurnee Mills} (847) 856-1064, ext. 502

C & A Robot Factory, 326 Peterson Road,  Libertyville (847) 996-0123, Their owner, Lidia Voelker, is one of our previous Mompreneurs.

Jump America, 880 Lakeside Drive, Gurnee (224) 325-JUMP (5867)

Just for Fun 2 Roller Rink, 139 N Seymour Ave, Mundelein (847) 949-7528

Treehouse, 985 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich, (847) 438-8887 Our 2011 review

Leather seating and gourmet dining on the lanes ~ Image courtesy of Pinstripes
Leather seating and gourmet dining on the lanes ~ Image courtesy of Pinstripes

Pinstripes, 100 W Higgins Road, South Barrington (847) 844-9300 and 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook (847) 480-2323. Check out Loralie’s review and learn about Mom and Tot Bowling!

Jump Zone Buffalo Grove, 1465 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove, (847) 929-9396

Jump Zone Volo, 31233 N Us Highway 12, Volo (847) 388-0369

Blast Zone, 645 Lakeview Pkwy Suite 100, Vernon Hills (847) 996-0100

The People’s Choice Family Fun Center, 2411 Grand Ave, Waukegan (847) 360-8000

Kristof’s Entertainment Center, 421 W. Rollins Rd, Round Lake Beach, (847) 546-2512

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Dave & Buster’s, 424 Hawthorn Center , Vernon Hills (847) 549-2118

WhirlyBall, 285 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, IL (847) 918-0800

Artist @ Heart
Libertyville Location: 344 N. Milwaukee Ave., (847) 816-4865
Grayslake Location: 10 N. Lake Street, Unit 105 (224) 252-2909
Artist @ Heart was one of our 12 Shops of Christmas.

Want to splash in water but on your own terms?  We know where the Indoor Pools and Waterparks are in and around Lake County!

Kids have off but you need to be able to work remotely?  Cheryl has a listing of where you can go to play with free Wi-Fi in No School? AHHH I Have Work to Do!

Need a cup of coffee while the kids play? Tracy tells us the Best Indoor Playplaces to Drink Coffee While They Play.

rock climbing in lake countyIf the kids have started to climb your walls, have them climb these rock walls instead!


Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Boulevard Glenview (847) 832-6600

Wildlife Discovery Center, 1401  Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest (847) 810-3663. Read why it’s one of Loralie’s favorites

Lake County Area MuseumsCheck out Spring Break in Lake County Area Museums where Holly shares with us a listing of some tried and true favorites as well as little known gems that are waiting for your visit.

Worth the Trip

IMG_2219Roll up the car windows and try a day trip into Chicago or Milwaukee.  Our Spring Break Chicago-Style Series has plenty of indoor options in our Kid-Friendly Review Round-Up.  Heather’s kids enjoyed the beautiful gardens at The Mitchell Park Conservatory in Milwaukee and you can too while staying completely dry! They don’t call them “The Domes” for nothing.

For Preschool Age or Younger

Image from Deerfield Park District website
Image from Deerfield Park District website

Deerfield Park District Tree House, Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Drive, 847-945-0650 Be on the lookout for our upcoming review!

Round Lake Area Park District Children’s Neighborhood Museum, Robert W. Rolek, Community Center, 814 Hart Road, Round Lake, (847) 546-8558 Read our story on their remodel.

For kids under 48″ tall, try Yu Kids Island at Westfield Hawthorn in Vernon Hills or their FREE playspace.

Open Gym: A listing and printable schedule of Open Gyms for Young Children in Lake County {Editor’s Note 7/13/15: Most open gyms not available in the summer, check individual websites or call ahead.}

Read our Stir-Crazy Siblings post and Where to find a Train Table in Lake County for more ideas on cold weather fun for toddlers.

Don’t forget your local library will usually have lots of family-friendly programming on a daily basis.  Nothing like curling up with a good book on a rainy day!

As always, please check our daily event calendar for low-cost/no-cost family events.  We also compiled all a printable schedule of FREE Spring Break Activities just for you!  You’re welcome!



About Loralie 216 Articles
When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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