Family Fun Indoors on the North Shore

Staying home for the holidays? Looking for some fun indoor activities you can do with your family? The North Shore is filled with fun indoor activities you can do with your children. Below are some of our favorites:



Brunswick Zone
10 S Waukegan Rd
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: 847-498-3575
A nice, clean bowling alley. They also have cosmic bowling (during certain hours) with music videos. Tween and Teens come for the music, dancing in the lanes, and a chance to be broadcast on any one of three jumbo video screens.A full-service restaurant serves up pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and popcorn. Hours: Tue-Thu, Sun 9am-11pm, Fri-Sat, Mon 9am-1am.  Cost: $4.29 per person, per game ($3.29 weekdays before 6pm). Shoe rental is $2.99.

Fatman Bowl
13860 Rockland Rd
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
A kid favorite. Bowling bumpers available on request and shoes offered that fit feet of any size. Good size arcade on site for the non-bowlers in your family.

1150 Willow Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-480-2323
This 45,000 square foot indoor/outdoor facility has eighteen bowling lanes, six bocce courts, and very good Italian-American food.

Wilmette Bowling Center

1903 Schiller Ave
Wilmette, IL 60091
Phone: 847-251-0705
This is a fun and laid back place. Nice staff and child friendly. Bowling shoes are available to rent. There are snacks, soda, and pizza to buy. They also have “bumper bowling” and light weight bowling balls for smaller children.
Important to note: No credit cards are accepted. Cash/check only.

Indoor Playgrounds

4701 Oakton
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: 847-674-1500 x2700
Great indoor playground complete with two story tube tunnels, water area, dress up stage, art area and computers. Mon, Wed, Fri:9-6 Sat:10-3
Closed Tues, Thurs, and Sun

Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago
2100 Patriot Blvd.
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone: 847-832-6923
Appropriate for ages: 0-12
Mon 9:30-12, Tues-Sat 9:30-5, Sun 12-5; Members only 9-9:30 Mon-Sat


Georgia Nut Company
1742 Glenview Rd.
Glenview, IL
Phone: 847-724-8405
Hands on candy making.Class times are available 7 days a week. Please call ahead. Everything must be scheduled in advance.

Corner Cooks
507 Chestnut Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Kid events and classes are hands on and very interactive. Everyone gets to make their own treats and eat until their hearts are content.
Recommended for kids 9 years old and up.

Young Chefs Academy
2825 Pfingsten, Glenview
Supervised hands-on cooking classes for young children

Day or an Afternoon of Beauty

Girlfriends Nail Boutique
1041 Tower Rd
Winnetka, IL
Jacque, the owner offers manicures, pedicures, and hair design. The atmosphere is fun and cozy with big comfy chairs and couches. Open 7 days a week. Sun and Mon by appt. only.

Forever Young Nails
1100 Central Avenue
Elegant but fun salon with a long row of fantastic heated, massaging pedicure chairs and smiling esteticians in uniforms.

Pottery Making/Art Experiences

Make A Messterpiece
2050 Tower Dr., Glenview
Exciting new art experience for kids of all ages, located in the Glen Town Center

Click here for a great coupon!

Glazed Expressions Pottery
1515 Sheridan Rd
Plaza Del Lago
Wilmette, IL

The Pot Shop Studio and Gallery
1224 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL

Ice Skating/Broom Ball

Glencoe Park District Watts Center
305 Randolph
Glencoe, IL 60022
Okay…this is technically an “outdoor” activity but it has a such a nice warming we couldn’t leave it out. The facility includes a hockey rink, studio rink, a concession stand, recreation room, and a program room. The recreation room, program room, and ice rinks are available for private party rentals. Broom ball parties are particularly popular. Call for daily ice schedule. A phone recording will tell you holiday, open skate, and black out dates.

Glacier Ice Arena
670 Lakeview Pkwy
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
The Glacier Ice Arena is Illinois’ premier, state-of-the-art ice arena. Come watch a game, or skate in comfortable, modern surroundings. The Glacier features two NHL size ice surfaces and has been a place for families to have fun ever since. Skates are available in all sizes to rent.

Skatium Ice Arena
9300 Weber Park Places
847-674-1500 x2900

Wilmette Centennial Indoor Ice Rinks

2300 Old Glenview Rd

Winnetka Park District Ice Arena

490 Hibbard Rd.

Northbrook Sports Center
1730 Pfingsten Rd.

Glenview Ice Center
1851 Landwehr Rd.

Indoor Swimming/Pools

Glenview Park District Splash Landings
2400 Chestnut Ave.
Glenview, IL 60025
Splash Landings is the Glenview Park District’s four-pool indoor aquatic complex. It’sopen year-round. Features include: Zero-depth activity pool with two water slides. Lap pool, spa, warm water therapy pool, locker room, family changing rooms, and swim merchandise. $5.75 daily walk-in fee. Call for public swim hours.

KeyLime Cove WaterPark and Spa

1700 Nations Drive
Gurnee, IL 60031
A waterpark in the winter…can it be true? Chicago’s largest, family friendly, water resort with excitement for all ages. Your kids can splash the day away at our Lost Paradise Waterpark while you rejuvenate at the Paradise Mist Spa. Take a stroll through island-inspired retail shops for the perfect memento, then stop for an afternoon latte at Island Temptations. Gather the crew for dinner at the most kid-friendly restaurants in Chicagoland. Challenge the kids to virtual, interactive fun at the Riptide Reef Arcade before settling down in your luxurious stateroom or suite. Visit their web site or call Key Lime Cove for more information.

Other Indoor Possibilities

Nickel City
555 Waukegan Rd.
Northbrook IL 60062
Arcade with 130 games that operate with only nickels. $2 admission fee. Open 7 days a week. 365 days year, Mon-Thurs 2-10, Fri 12pm-1 am, Sat 10 am-1 am, Sun 10am-10pm.

Pump It Up
1875 Elmdale
A playground for kids filled with inflatable jumping things, slides, and rock walls. There are two HUGE rooms where kids can play. Call ahead for open playtime schedule.

WhirlyBall Vernon Hills
285 Center Drive
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
WhirlyBall is a team sport of 5 vs. 5 played in a high-tech bumper car, while trying to propel a whiffleball from your scoop to hit the center of a backboard. Facility includes climbing wall & LASERTRON. Catering available.
Walk-ins on a first come first serve basis so call ahead! Mon-Fri, 11am-1am, Sat. 12pm-2am, Sun 12 pm-12 am.

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