Indoor Play Cafes and Play Spaces

Posted: January 23, 2017

We've updated our blog post on Chicago area play cafes to make sure that you know your options for a go-to indoor spot where your kids can play while you relax! These Chicago an

Ball Factory
864 S RT 59, Naperville | (630) 445-8365
This indoor play space lets kids and parents play together, featuring a 4 level play structure with slides and obstacles, ball pit, ball blasting arena, interactive floor, kids tractor area and Imagination Playground. There's a special Parent & Tot gated area where kids under 4 can play. The cafe features a selection of lunch items, a LAVAZZA espresso bar, iced coffees, fresh smoothies and gelate.

Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center
2800 Colorado St., Lake Station, IN | (219) 963-2070
Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center is a self-directed play facility providing colorful, fun, and secure areas where children from infants to age nine can explore, create, and interact. The cafe is located in the center of the play areas so adults can easily keep an eye on the little ones.

The C.A.K.E. Village
611 East Main Street, East Dundee | (224) 699-9968
At over 3,000sf, the C.A.K.E. Village is an cultural, visual and performing arts center that immerses children in the culture of Africa. The goal is to foster an enriched, positive connection between all children and Africa. The Mini-Village is our cozy playroom with a stage, huts, dress-up, fruit stand, pretend play and more.

Chicago Playpen
908 E. 47th Street, Chicago | (773) 268-2899
Chicago Playpen is a fun, safe and clean environment for children to play together, learn and imagine. Children can explore various city themed installations through role play including a grocery store, auto body shop, house, salon, restaurant, and clothing boutique where children can try on different personas.

Explore and Much More
3827 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago | 773-880-5437 (KIDS)
Explore and Much More is a family-centered play space for children ages 0 to 8, with exhibits and play structures that encourage active minds and bodies. The play areas work fine and gross motor skills, as well as sensory, tactile, visual and auditory skills. All areas encourage creativity and discovery.

602 Davis Street, Evanston | (847) 859-2312
The mission of Gather is to build a community of support for individuals and families by providing the space, materials and programs for life-long creative learning, and individual and family wellness. This welcoming studio in downtown Evanston offers a place to Gather for classes, workshops and events for all ages and abilities.

Grounds for Hope Cafe
2701 Maple Ave, Lisle | (630) 857-3355
KidStreet PlayCenter is a great way to engage your children, with a 3-story playhouse for ages 2-8, plus a WonderHouse for children ages 2 and under. Families can enjoy quality food too, with locally roasted espresso and coffees, freshly made sandwiches, soups and more, and high quality teas.

Growth Spurts Play Space and Family Cafe
404 Linden Ave., Wilmette | (847) 850-9059
A casual and comfortable environment, delivering the play date you always want to have, without being the host! They offer areas for sensory exploration, block building, a Kid's Crooked House, art experiences, a train table, dramatic play, and much, much more. Also available for private events and birthday parties.

Happy Play Cafe
2346 North Clark St., Chicago | (773) 799-8944
Not just an indoor play space for kids, the relatively new Happy Play Cafe is also a rescue shelter center for rabbits, and a bird pet-store. Kids can enjoy playing in the different play areas, including a toddler area and train room, and they can also choose to interact with the bunnies and birds. All animals are available for adoption.

Kid City
1837 W Grand Ave, Chicago | (312) 829-6775
Kid City is a family owned indoor play space designed for children to explore the function of a city through pretend play by featuring a market, play house, dress up boutique and much more.

Little Beans Cafe
1809 W. Webster, Chicago | (773) 251-1025
Parents can enjoy their coffee in the separate cafe, or at one of the tables inside the play area. The play area is a cute little village with a grocery story, service station, playhouse, school and more, with a corner for kids to cozy up with their favorite books, puzzles or games. Little Beans also offers a wide range of classes.

Little Beans Cafe Evanston
430 Asbury Ave., Evanston | (847) 807-3731 
This space offers open drop-in play for kids 0-6 years in the Little Beans play area while kids 5-12 years will have access to age-appropriate fun in the Big Beans play area. The fun includes a play village, Ninja warrior themed obstacle course, half court gym, karaoke room with stage, interactive floor gaming system, and a library and art room.

Peekaboo Playroom
206 S. Marion St., Oak Park | (708) 848-4815
Peekaboo is an indoor playroom where children are free to create, imagine and dream in a safe and calm environment. It is a place where parents can relax and take joy as their children play.

Pickles Playroom
2315 W. Lawrence Ave, Chicago | (773) 293-7747
Pickle's Playroom is a multi-service Children's Activity Facility that combines a large interactive playroom, an inviting cafe and a fun children's salon. The space also offer a variety of classes to entertain kids of all ages.

Purple Monkey Playroom
2040 N. Western Ave., Chicago | (773) 772-8411
Purple Monkey Playroom is a bright, nurturing destination that invites parents and caregivers to relax, connect with other adults, and enjoy free coffee, tea and WiFi while little ones explore. The 1,500 square foot playroom was designed with the education, enjoyment and safety of infants through preschoolers in mind.

Sod Room
1454 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago | (312) 922-3131
Sod Room is a unique, eco-friendly, indoor playspace that is committed to providing a healthy and meaningful play experience for children by selecting only safe, sustainable and responsibly made toys and materials for the playspace. Sod Room features recycled cork flooring, low VOC paint, and reclaimed wood and is uniquely designed to utilize as much natural light as possible.

The Treehouse
985 South Rand Rd, Lake Zurich | (847) 438-8887
The TreeHouse was created for kids and designed for parents' comfort, convenience and peace of mind. The 7,700-square-foot facility offers children a safe, multi-level climbing structure with swinging bridges, enclosed slides, padded mats and ramps, swings, and soft basketball court. Parents can relax in sight of their kids, and enjoy food, a gourmet espresso bar, and Wi-Fi.