Schaumburg with Kids: Best Things to Do in Schaumburg, Illinois

Try one of Schaumburg's outdoor activities. Photo courtesy of the Spring Valley Nature Center and Heritage Farm
Try one of Schaumburg's outdoor activities. Photo courtesy of the Spring Valley Nature Center and Heritage Farm
9/30/23 - By Lauren LaRoche

Located about 30 miles from downtown Chicago, Schaumburg is a quick weekend drive from the city or surrounding suburbs. If you live in Chicagoland, you’ve likely heard of Schaumburg's big attraction, Woodfield Mall. But, Schaumburg has tons of other fun and family-friendly places to explore, too. From outdoor activities to LEGOLAND, you'll find plenty of fun things to do with kids in Schaumburg. And for more things to do in Chicago neighborhoods, check out our Visitors Guide.


Top Things To Do in Schaumburg for Families

Things to do in Schaumburg, Illinois 
Bison's Bluff playground in Schaumburg. Photo courtesy of the Hitchcock Design Group

1. Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground

Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground is a must-see park where kids are fully immersed in nature. You’ll find logs, boulders, water, sand, and play structures that mimic nature. Kids will experience playing on a rock bluff, a flowing stream, and fallen logs, all from the safety of a play place. Adults and children under two are free. Resident admission is $2 and non-residents are $3.

2. Spring Valley Nature Center

Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground is located within the Spring Valley Nature Center. The Spring Valley Nature Center is free to explore. There are interactive exhibits, an activity area, a library, a live turtle display area, and a learning garden. After the visit to the nature center, take a nature walk through the trails. Along the grounds, you’ll find Heritage Farm. The farm is free to visit. Help with seasonal farm chores, play games, visit the livestock, and visit with authentically dressed farm interpreters.

3. LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg boasts millions of LEGO bricks, and over 12 attractions and rides. This two-story LEGO experience features Miniland with 1.5 million LEGO bricks, a LEGO cafe, and tons of spaces to let your creator get building with the kids.

Things to do in Schaumburg, Illinois 
Andalusian horses perform at each show. Photo courtesy of Medieval Times.

4. Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is a themed dinner show where you can watch jousting matches and horses. The show features knights in armor competing for the championship. Each seat is located in a different knight’s section, so you’ll want to cheer big for your knight.

You can feast on a turkey leg as big as your head all while eating with your hands in true medieval style. If your kids love horses or knights, this dinner and show is a one-of-a-kind experience.

5. Woodfield Mall

Woodfield Mall is the largest mall in Illinois. With over 300 retail stores, there is something for every little shopper. Popular kid shops include Build-A-Bear Workshop, Carters, Claire’s, Crocs, Janie and Jack, JD Sports, LEGO, Squishable, and Yu Kids Island. Yu Kids Island is an indoor play space that’s great for burning off some energy in between shopping.

Things to do in Schaumburg, Illinois 
Schaumburg has a great indoor water park. Water Works photo courtesy of the Schaumburg Park District

6. The Water Works

The Water Works is an indoor water park located in Schaumburg. It has 3 water slides, a rapid water channel, a spray ground, a diving pool, a lap pool, a zero-depth pool, and more. The Water Works is completely indoors, making it a great winter option. Daily admission is $6-$8 for residents and $8-$10 for non-residents.


If you're looking to redecorate a kid's room or set up a college dorm, IKEA in Schaumburg is the place. There are thousands of square feet to explore and endless amounts of home inspiration. Shop for big kid beds, new baby items, and an adorable selection of kids' bedding, toys, furniture, and more. The restaurant also features kids' meatballs and mac and mac-and-cheese dinners for under $3. Feed the entire family after a day of shopping for under $20. 

Where to Stay in Schaumburg with Kids

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel is located in the heart of Schaumburg's business district, just minutes from Woodfield Mall and other popular shopping destinations. The hotel offers several on-site amenities including an indoor pool, fitness center, indoor spa, and 24-hour concierge services. This is a great staycation option if you’re looking for a mini getaway.

Best Restaurants for Kids in Schaumburg

Things to do in Schaumburg, Illinois 
Take airplane-loving little ones to Pilot Pete's for lunch. Interior photo courtesy of Only in Your State.

Pilot Pete’s

Pilot Pete’s in Schaumburg is the place to take a little airplane lover. This aviation-themed restaurant is located next to the Schaumburg airport. You can watch planes land and take off while enjoying their infamous chicken fingers.

Maxfield’s Pancake House

Maxfield’s Pancake House features an extensive menu filled with kid staples. Their massive menu is also great for adults. Kids can choose between Mickey Mouse pancakes, silver dollar, and chocolate chip pancakes. There are also burgers and chicken fingers on the lunch menu.

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