Indoor Children's Activities in Lake County, Illinois

Indoor Children's Activities in Lake County, Illinois
The great outdoors may be the optimum place to spend a day with the children but sometimes the weather foils plans, ushering everyone indoors for the day. It is still possible to keep the family busy, active and engaged at a variety of indoor facilities teeming with things to do for families with children in Lake County, Illinois.

KeyLime Cove Indoor Water Park and Resort

Families enjoy a little bit of tropical paradise at KeyLime Cove Indoor Water Park and Resort. Regardless of the weather, guests need nothing more than their swimsuit to enjoy a day of swimming and playing with the kids, before retiring to their room for the night. KeyLime offers water areas for those interested in enjoying an intense day of zooming down water slides, as well as those who want to lazily glide down the KeyLime Creek in an inner tube. If families are into water sports, they can play basketball in the activity pool, then slip off into the KeyLime Grotto for a little spa-like relaxation. Kids will enjoy the wave pool, water slides and Toukie's Big Deluge--a gigantic, interactive play structure they can spend hours navigating. If the children are hungry after a day of water play, KeyLime Cove has six kid-friendly restaurants. There is no extra fee for guest use of the water park as it is included with a stay at KeyLime Cove Resort. As of early 2010, water park hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.- to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and room rates range from $159 per night for the King Stateroom up to $459 for Captain Dave's Presidential Suite.

KeyLime Cove Indoor Water Park and Resort
1700 Nations Drive
Gurnee, IL 60031

Afternoon Recess At Pinstripes

With locations in South Barrington and Northbrook, Illinois, Pinstripes is a bowling alley that offers a fun alternative when the weather cancels afterschool soccer practice. Afternoon Recess At Pinstripes offers two hours of bowling for moms and kids every Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. As of early 2010, kids are $7 each, moms bowl for free, and juice and snacks are complimentary. Additionally, Pinstripes has Moms & Tots play dates every Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Children are $5, moms are free, and there's complimentary yogurt and fresh fruit buffet for the children and a coffee station for parents.

1150 Willow Road
Northbrook, IL 60062

100 West Higgins Road
South Barrington, IL 60010


Make-A-Messterpiece is located in Glenview, Illinois and offers a day of indoor messy fun. Focusing on art and creativity, Make-A-Messterpiece provides children ages 0 to 12 with an option to express themselves creatively at the craft table, at an art easel and in the Experiment Station. Edible creations are made in the Kids' Kreative Kitchen and messy, bubble fan can be had in the Bubbleology area. While the children are experimenting, creating and playing, parents can relax in the on-site cafe. As of early 2010, hours vary dependent upon the season and typically expand during the summer months. Make-A-Messterpiece charges $2 per day for children under the age of two-years-old and $10 per day for children two to 12 years of age. Included in this fee are the craft table area, the easels, and both play areas. All other areas are an additional $5 per child. Guests can come whenever they like during business hours and stay for as long or as little as they want. If a family wants to leave for lunch, simply keep a child's dated sticker on the back of his shirt and everyone will be able to reenter for no additional charge.

2050 Tower Drive
Glenview, IL 60026

Article Written By Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.

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