Summer Weather Relief: Indoor Entertainment in Lake County

Summertime is much too short in Lake County, so when it’s nice outside you want your kids outdoors soaking up that Vitamin D. But we’re in the Midwest, so the weather doesn’t always cooperate. Too hot? Too humid? Rainy day?  Or maybe you just need a break from the mosquitos? When you need out of the house but the weather isn’t friendly, check out these indoor play options in and around Lake County.

Indoor Entertainment in Lake CountyNeither rain, nor blazing sun will keep you from the fun with these options for great Indoor Entertainment in Lake County.

Indoor Play in Lake County

Bella's Bouncies Obstacle Course
Bella’s Bouncies Indoors, Lake Villa

Bella’s Bouncies Indoors 
1600 N Milwaukee Ave #402, Lake Villa | (847) 546-7000.
Read Melissa’s Birthday Party Review and learn more about their party rentals. 

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

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

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

985 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich | (847) 438-8887
Read Jessica R.’s Treehouse review. 

Photo Credit Rosy Lens Portrait Photography
Artist @ Heart, Libertyville | Photo Credit Rosy Lens Portrait Photography

Artist @ Heart
344 N. Milwaukee Ave. | (847) 816-4865
Artist @ Heart was one of our 12 Shops of Christmas. Be sure to check out our monthly comic, Parenting Outside the Lines, sponsored by Artist @ Heart. 

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

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

Tilt Studio at Rink Side Sports 
6152 West Grand Ave., Gurnee {Gurnee Mills} | (847) 856-1064, ext. 502

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

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

6170 Grand Ave., Gurnee {Gurnee Mills} | (847) 855-2550

WhirlyBall, Vernon Hills | Photo Credit: H. Worth

285 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, IL | (847) 918-0800
We answer the question, What is WhirlyBall?

Wanna hit the pool but it’s raining outside? We know where to find Indoor Pools in Lake County!

Kids climbing your walls? Send them to these local indoor rock climbing walls instead.  We’ll soon have a review for First Ascent Climbing & Fitness, a world-class climbing gym with two locations in Chicago – stay tuned!

How about bowling? Find out how your kids can bowl free all summer long!

Perfect for Preschoolers (and Toddlers)

Yu Kids Island in Vernon Hills. Photo Credit: Laura Otto
Yu Kids Island in Vernon Hills. Photo Credit: Laura Otto

Yu Kids Island
122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills | (847) 680-3800
Laura tells you why Yu Kids Island is your summer paradise.

Deerfield Park District Tree House
Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Drive | (847) 945-0650

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.

Artsy Tots at Artist @ Heart, Libertyville | Photo Credit: J. Burris
Artsy Tots at Artist @ Heart, Libertyville | Photo Credit: J. Burris

Artist @ Heart
344 N. Milwaukee Ave. | (847) 816-4865
Artist @ Heart receives a second mention because of their popular Artsy Tots program. 

©J. Gebbink  |  Little Lake  |  2015
©J. Gebbink | Little Lake | 2015

Hippo Campus
401 E.Route 60, Volo | (847) 201-1120

FREE Indoor Play in Lake County

Chick-Fil-A Vernon Hills | Photo Credit: M. Haak

701 N. Milwaukee Ave., Ste 360, Vernon Hills | (847) 247-8000
Maureen reviews the restaurant and tells us about their free playspace for children 5 and under.  They also have a full calendar of family programming which we share each month in What’s on the Menu?

Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills has a FREE playspace as well as in Gurnee Mills. 

Don’t forget your local library.  Many Lake County libraries have play spaces in their children’s areas, some with fully-outfitted toy rooms or equipment for an indoor playground! Here are just a few we recommend:

Cook Park Library
413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville | (847) 362-2330
Playroom with toys for infants and toddlers. 

© C. Vincent | Little Lake | 2016 – Wauconda Area Library

Wauconda Area Library
801 N. Main Street, Wauconda | (847) 526-6225
Jen V. goes Beyond the Books at Wauconda Area Library. 

Barrington Area Library
505 N Northwest Hwy, Barrington | (847) 382-1300
Shelby goes Beyond the Books at Barrington Area Library. 

Indoor Play in Cook County {Worth the Trip}

Funtopia Glenview
Funtopia, Glenview Photo Credit: M. Haak

2050 Tower Dr.,Glenview | (224) 432-5435
Melissa tells you why Funtopia is your big kids paradise! 

100 W Higgins Road, South Barrington  |(847) 844-9300
1150 Willow Road, Northbrook | (847) 480-2323
Check out Loralie’s review! Note Tot Time bowling is no longer available; however, you can sign up for the Pinstripes Kids Club and bowl any weekday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Northbrook Location for $3/child and $3 rentals. Parents bowl free.

Little Beans Ninja Course
Little Beans Café, Evanston | Photo Credit: M. Haak

Little Beans Cafe Evantson
430 Asbury Lane, Evanston | 847-807-3731
This location has something for children of all ages, from infants to tweens.  Read Melissa’s review of Little Beans Cafe. 

Kid-Friendly Museums

Lake County Discovery Museum
27277 N Forest Preserve Rd., Wauconda | (847) 968-3400
Hurry in, this location closes August 31, 2016.

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

Wildlife Discovery Center
Wildlife Discovery Center, Lake Forest | Photo Credit: M. Haak

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

Check 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.

Summer Children’s Movies

On select days of the week, a few local movie theaters offer discounted summer movies for kids, some as low as just $1.00!

Where do you take the kids to be entertained indoors?


About Loralie 133 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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