Now that summer is over and temperatures are dropping, it’s not so easy to spend time outdoors. The good news is there are several indoor activities that the whole family will love in Chicago, so it’s not so bad, after all!\r\n\r\nNot only are these activities really fun and bring high energy, but they also can provide education and the ability to develop a newfound skill. Check out these 5 indoor activities the next time you’re in Chicago with your little ones.\r\n\r\nAdler Planetarium\r\n\r\nLet your kid play astronaut for the day at Adler Planetarium and explore the dark depths of our solar system. They’ll explore cosmic wonders, galaxies, the planets, and more. What’s so great about this activity is it’s super entertaining and also educational—your kid will walk away with brand new knowledge that’ll seem less like schoolwork and more like a hobby. You can also check for events and special exhibits, as they are offered each month.\r\n\r\nShedd Aquarium\r\n\r\nDive into the blue waters at Shedd Aquarium (well, don’t really jump in!), and check out various marine life, like fish, frogs, penguins, and more. Similarly, this activity combines learning and fun, and there are so many exhibits to see that you can literally spend hours inside. You’ll share experiences with animals from around the world—from the cool Great Lakes to the warmer waves of the Caribbean.\r\n\r\nBowling\r\n\r\nGrab the family and bring out the little competitive streak over a bowling game. There are a few places to go in Chicago, like Pinstripes and Lucky Strike, and it’s a great way to stay active while indoors, too. Don’t forget to order that plate of cheesy nachos or pepperoni pizza pie. (It’s okay to eat like your kids when bowling, too!)\r\n\r\nMovie Theater\r\n\r\nSeems basic, but it’s not! Movies are always out, and when it’s super sunny in the summertime, it seems less desirable to spend a few hours indoors. The perfect spot to head to? The AMC IMAX Theater in Navy Pier. This way, if it’s nice out, you can spend some time on the rides at Navy Pier and still head indoors for a break to catch a flick.\r\n\r\nEscape Room\r\n\r\nThere’s nothing as sweet as a good ol’ adrenaline rush for kids, right? Well, escape rooms do just that—they get your heart rate up and actually power your mind, where you have to turn to problem-solving skills and creativity to find a way to escape. So if you go to an escape room on a Saturday with your kids, that session will help your kids perform better in academia, too.\r\n\r\nPlanning a trip to Chicago? We offer great packages for your trip!