Kids Activities in Bloomington

Cirque Italia at Southlake Mall or Louis Joliet Mall on October 24–November 2 (Up to 41% Off)

Cirque Italia

Multiple Locations

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Capering clowns, strongmen, and death-defying acrobats perform atop a water-filled stage during a two-hour spectacle

$37 $22

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Single-Day Admission for Two or Four or Family Membership at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Joliet Area Historical Museum

Joliet

History museum mines the past of the town of Joliet, its people, and how their stories relate to the whole of American history

$12 $6

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$41 for Four 30-Minute Voice Lessons at Music Lessons by Maggie ($90 Value)

Music Lessons by Maggie

Joliet

Certified music teacher helps musicians of any level delevop their singing skills

$90 $41

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$20 for 2 Rounds of Mini Golf and 1 Hour of Unlimited Arcade Games for 2 at Fore! Family Fun ($40 Value)

Fore! Family Fun

Oswego

18-hole mini-golf course decorated with leopards and sunken ships; 4,000-square-foot arcade with video and redemption games

$40 $20

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5 or 10 Open-Bounce Visits at Bounce Town (Up to 48% Off)

Bounce Town

Oswego

Kids clamber through a 50-foot obstacle course, glide down slides, and jump about inside 20,000-square-foot facility

$47.50 $25

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Ice-Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four at Canlan Ice Sports (Up to 55% Off)

Canlan Ice Sports

Romeoville

Guests lace up rented skates and take to the ice during public-skating sessions held in this three-rink facility

$20 $10

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$160 for a Birthday Party Package for Up to 20 Kids at Kidz Funland ($320 Value)

Kidz Funland

Aurora

Kids shed their shoes to scramble to the tops of slides and climb into an upper-level ball pit or shoot through obstacle courses

$320 $160

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Bowling with Shoe Rental, Pizza, and Beer for Up to 6 or 12 People at Lakewood Bowl (Up to 53% Off)

Lakewood Bowl

Richton Park

This family-friendly bowling center has updated lanes, an on-site bar and grill, and a barbershop located inside

$69.49 $34

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One Private 30-Minute Drum Lessons with DVD at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons (60% Off)

Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

Instructors teach timing, original beats, stick control, tricks, and advanced techniques

$25 $10

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Ice Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four at Rocket Ice Arena (Up to 58% Off)

Rocket Ice Arena

Bolingbrook

Skaters of all levels hone their moves during open skates while supporters cheer them on from lodge with fireplace, free WiFi & café

$18 $8

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Harlem Globetrotters Game at Allstate Arena on December 28 or 29 (Up to 41% Off). Three Seating Options and Four Games.

Harlem Globetrotters

Allstate Arena

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$91.35 $54

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents “Legends” at Allstate Arena (Up to 43% Off). November 7–16

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents LEGENDS

Allstate Arena

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Unicorns, wooly mammoths, and even a pegasus perform unbelievable feats alongside acrobats, cossack riders, clowns, and lion tamers

$29.85 $17

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One 60-Minute Private Guitar Lesson with Family Member or Friend from Eric Mantel ($45 Value) 

Eric Mantel

Matteson

A guitar instructor for more than three decades, Eric Mantel teaches students myriad techniques with inspiration from guitar greats

$45 $22.50

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18 Holes of Black-Light Mini Golf for Two or Four with Optional Deluxe Package at Space Golf (Up to 50% Off)

Space Golf

Orland Park

Mini-golf course with iridescent aliens and black-light-bathed lunar landscapes is bolstered by 3-D glasses and laser blasters

$19 $10

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One or Four 30-Minute Guitar Lessons at Evolution Music (Up to 67% Off)

Evolution Music

Orland Park

A skilled guitarist helps students of all experience levels master chords, solos, and other techniques

$20 $10

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What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?

Irish Hills Riding Academy offers safe lesson horses of various levels; riding instructor with 20 years experience; & choice of English or western lesson. Barn at new location is well insulated & heated. We are part of Queenwood Stables, home of many world champions.

What is the experience customers can expect?

Lessons are individualized to each rider level and personal goals. Each lesson includes tacking up, riding for 30 minutes, & cooling out. The riding portion includes warm up, stretches, new riding skill, review, and cool down.

What was the inspiration to start or run this business?

I'm a horse lover. I enjoy teaching riding lessons. I get a satisfaction when my students meet their individual riding goals.

What do you love most about your job?

I enjoy the opportunity to work with horses and people together. I get meet lots of interesting people of all ages. It stays interesting, because each person learns differently.

26424 Harding Rd.
Morton,
IL
US

In 1954, Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio, Bill Haley & His Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock," and Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In Movie Theatre screened its first film. Over the next decades, it survived the skyrocketing popularity of cable television and even a tornado, but eventually closed in the 1980s. The projectors weren't powered down for long?in 1989, Mike Harroun saw an opportunity to create a place that combined the nostalgic vibe of a 1950s drive-in with the technology of a modern cinema.

These days, sunset is the cue for ultra high-definition digital projectors to whir to life and FM stereo transmitters to broadcast digital 5.1 surround sound into visitors' vehicles. The two screens change their feature films throughout the season, ensuring that crowds can catch first-run summer blockbusters before the explosions become covered with brown spots. Guests may bring their own food for a small fee, or order from a menu featuring piping-hot popcorn, giant dill pickles, and third-pound Black Angus burgers straight from the grill. That combination of old-fashioned entertainment and new-fangled equipment has won the theater plenty of press, including a spot on USA Today's list of the country's 10 best drive-ins.

1175 S Sangamon Ave
Gibson City,
IL
US

Less than 90 minutes from St. Louis, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum houses the world’s largest collection of original Lincoln artifacts, complete with the Gettysburg Address. A life-size replica of Lincoln’s log cabin set back in a forest of artificial trees stands 40 feet tall just like the President’s iconic top hat. The museum also houses a re-creation of the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre, where the president was assassinated, and the state-of-the-art Union Theater, which projects films such as Lincoln’s Eyes, a broad overview of Lincoln’s personal and political life with a special focus on slavery. In the Ghosts of the Library exhibit, transparent phantoms of Lincoln and his contemporaries drift around powered by Holavision technology. Youngsters, supervised by parents, can try on period dress, pose for photos with life-size cutouts of young Abe, or reenact historic scenes in the Lincoln Home dollhouse located in Mrs. Lincoln’s attic, the hands-on learning center. Before heading home, patrons can browse the museum store—more than 3,500 square feet of artifact replicas and Lincoln-themed merchandise.

112 N 6th St
Springfield,
IL
US

It's unlikely that any historic kingdom had batting cages and water slides, but to be fair, Knight's Action Park is a lot more fun than an actual castle. On one side of the park, guests can don swimsuits and hop aboard bumper boats, slip down slides, or set out in paddle boats. Seven mini slides teach smaller children the fun of water-park attractions, while statues of giant sea creatures teach them that life is terrifying. Across the way, a 50-tee driving range lets golfers hone their swing, and an 18-hole mini-golf course caters to putters of all ages. The park's assortment of land-based amusements also includes a Ferris wheel, an arcade, and go-karts.

1700 Recreation Dr.
Springfield,
IL
US

Wind whistles and engines roar as custom go-karts zip around Jet Karting's outdoor race track at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Rented – along with all necessary safety equipment – to guests of all experience levels, the low-riding vehicles cruise the course in 15-minute bouts, during which up to 15 riders race each other. Speed School classes tailored to three different age groups prep more experienced racers to take laps in powerful spec racers and Rotax karts. The staff recommends guests bring long pants, close-toed shoes, and a desire to move quickly while basically in the fetal position.

3674 E 2603rd Rd
Sheridan,
IL
US

Perky’s Pizza rustles up a variety of traditional and imaginative pizzas for famished families. With the family combo meal, banqueting broods choose one large signature pizza from Perky's Pizza's doughy roster, relieving a meat-masticating hankering with the double-cheeseburger deluxe, loaded with crispy bacon, hearty beef, and zesty barbecue sauce, or floating away on the Maui Wowie, which features chicken and sweet pineapple basking in a beach of red sauce. Choosy chowhounds point their noses toward the also-included one-topping pizza, selecting a meat, vegetable, or fat-free mineral to add sustenance. Six breadsticks take a dip in garlic or cinnamon before joining the culinary crew, and a troop of 12 chicken wings marches into position while chanting fight songs before being defeated by mercenary molars. Like bookends, a family-sized garden salad and dessert support the meal on either end.

70 Ken Hayes Dr
Bourbonnais,
IL
US