The suburbs offer a veritable menagerie of fun activities and high-quality shops that cater to kiddos. Here are some of our favorites.
With baseball diamonds, wintertime tubing and an outdoor bar, there are tons of ways the shorties can have fun here – but there are just as many reasons why the parental supervision department would want to stick around to watch the amusement unfold.
Older kids can catch air and execute safe wipeouts (pads and helmets not optional) at this concrete shredzone, opened in 2014 at South 84th Street and West National Avenue with a design considered “skate of the art.”
Toy guns and big fun define this Waukesha hyper-stimulation zone, where bowling, arcade games and trampoline dodgeball can be played in addition to the namesake pastime.
Owned by husband-and-wife artists, this quaint Tosa boutique offers high-quality board games and wooden toys plus a try-before-you-buy ethos. Crack open that box!
Patriotism and local pride overflow here, where husband-and-wife owners (he was a chemist, she a nanny) sell smile-raising toys made in the U.S.A., some of them in Wisconsin.
Pet a potbellied pig, straddle a miniature donkey and strut with peacocks, just some of the barnyard all-stars at this farmy oasis from city life. Seasonally, they host a corn maze, hayrides and pumpkin picking.
From Barbies to Playmobil sets to pogo sticks, you’ll find it at this North Shore institution, in the basement of a ground-floor gift shop. Descending those steps takes you back in time, with a vibe befitting 1950s Americana.
A staple of the suburban youth experience, bounce-houses exist in all their synthetic glory to raise spirits and deplete energy, leaving even the most sugar-high kid slumping home, rubbing eyes and ready to doze. Parent picks include Pump It Up, Brookfield, Sky Zone in Waukesha, Monkey Joe’s in Waukesha, Flabbergast in Sussex and Helium Trampoline and Climbing Park, New Berlin.