Beat cabin fever with the suburbs' variety of fun indoor options
Kid Cabin Fever?
When winter's toll begins to mount, and the kids are craving a warm pool, trampolines, arcade fun or even more Legos than they know what to do with, the suburbs have you covered.
Indoor water fun
KeyLime Cove's 65,000-square-foot indoor Lost Paradise Waterpark, at 1700 Nations Drive in Gurnee, could be the cure for whatever weather issues ail you, and provides an overnight getaway from the inclement conditions as it's always a balmy 84 degrees and sunny inside.
"KeyLime Cove offers families a tropical getaway, reminiscent of the Florida Keys, but a lot closer to home and much more affordable," said General Manager Dale McFarland. "Furthermore, kids get cabin fever and often get too much screen time in the winter. KeyLime Cove is a great way for mom and dad to surprise the kids with a one- or two-day getaway, unplug the TV and leave iPods at home, and really focus on spending quality time together."
Bounce sky high
If the kids are bouncing off the walls, and you'd rather they weren't using your walls, take them to Sky High Sports, 2244 Corporate Lane, Naperville.
It features 50,000 square feet of trampoline fun. The location features a large main "court" filled with trampolines; a two-lane foam pit with a rope swing; two basketball "lanes," featuring a row of trampolines leading to the basket; a 6-and-under kids court available on busy days and weekends, and one of the largest dodgeball courts around.
For those into a different kind of jumping, Legoland Discovery Center Chicago at Streets of Woodfield, Schaumburg, invites you to jump into the world's biggest box of Lego bricks -- more than 1 million of them, in fact.
"We're also constantly updating and improving our center, so if a guest has visited in the past there's a great chance that we've got something new for them to enjoy," General Manager Nick Miller said.
Inside, children ages 3-12 can let their imaginations go crazy as they learn top tips from the "Master Model Builder," join their favorite Lego characters in 4D cinema experiences, pedal fast on the Technicycle Ride and find plenty of places to build Lego creations.
In Lombard, there's a wise array of entertainment at Enchanted Castle, 1103 S. Main St., which features indoor go-carts, laser tag, an inflatable castle bounce house and more than 250 games.
Indoor funKeyLime Cove
What: Water park
Where: 1700 Nations Drive, Gurnee
Hours: By reservation
Sky High Sports
What: Trampoline fun center
Where: 2244 Corporate Lane, Naperville
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Legoland Discovery Center
What: Playland, theater, Lego museum
Where: 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg
Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
What: Indoor arcade, bumper cars
Where: 1103 S. Main St. in Lombard
Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday