Kids Activities in Elmwood Park

Up to 62% Off at North Shore Music Institute

North Shore Music Institute

Northfield

$70 $29

Lessons for students aged 6–adult teach techniques for the guitar, ukulele, strings, piano, percussion, or voice in a wide variety of genres

60% Off at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

$25 $10

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

Half Off Open-Play Visits at Jump!Zone

Jump!Zone

Multiple Locations

$60 $35

Kids burn energy sliding down air-filled chutes, navigating plush obstacle courses, and bouncing in the princess castles

Up to 55% Off Arcade Outing with Pizza

Kiddie Kingdom

Niles

$33.70 $15

Entertainment facility houses platefuls of hand-tossed pizza, more than 62 arcade games, and a miniature carousal

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

American Guitar Academy

Elmhurst

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Up to 51% Off Indoor Bounce-House Sessions

Pump It Up

Elmhurst

$40 $20

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Kids run, leap, and launch down colorful inflatable slides in a supervised indoor play area

Up to 53% Off Ice Skating in Bensenville

The Edge Ice Arena

Multiple Locations

$32 $15

Ice arena hosting Chicago Steel’s home games sprawls across three indoor ice-skating rinks, two of which are regulation-size

Gymboree Play & Music Skokie – 60% Off Kids' Classes

Gymboree Play & Music Skokie

Skokie

$124 $49

Innovative play environment hosts development-based classes focused on creativity and physical activity

Up to 57% Off at Chicagoland Bowling

Chicagoland Bowling

Multiple Locations

$28 $12

Hour-long game at your choice of 10 Chicagoland Bowling member centers

Up to 52% Off Go-Karting at K1 Speed

K1 Speed

Multiple Locations

$91.96 $44

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Eco-friendly electric karts; speeds up to 45 mph; karts for kids and adults; collection of racing memorabilia on display

Up to 53% Off Bowling for Two at Waveland Bowl

Waveland Bowl

North Center

$40 $19

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Pairs enjoy a classic, 50-year-old alley equipped with 40 state-of-the-art lanes, computerized scoring, and billiards tables

The Field Museum – Discovery Pass Plus $5 in Groupon Bucks

The Field Museum

Museum Campus

$23 $18

(1986)

Exploring ancient Egypt and staying out of the mouth of a real dinosaur are all in a day's fun at this iconic museum

Up to 61% Off Urban Scavenger Hunt

CityScape Adventures

Cubby Bear

$100 $40

Five-hour scavenger hunt takes participants through 12 challenges that encourage them to explore the city while testing their mettle

Up to 48% Off Open Jump or Birthday Party at Pump It Up

Pump it Up

Goose Island

$60 $35

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Kids' imaginations run wild as they explore, bounce & burn energy at vibrantly colored bouncy houses, slides & inflatables.

50% Off at the Swedish American Museum

Swedish American Museum

Edgewater

$8 $4

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Three stories of exhibits explore the struggles and triumphs of Chicago's Swedish immigrants, including through hands-on kids' activities

Up to 61% Off Bowling Packages at Diversey River Bowl

Diversey River Bowl

Bucktown

$82 $32

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Laser-light shows and upbeat tunes add entertaining elements to bowling outings; onsite pizzeria also serves burgers and pasta

Up to 63% Off Outdoor Movies at Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago

$49 $19

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Take in a popular movie with drinks, pizza, popcorn, and candy in the heart of the historic Lincoln Park Zoo while surrounded by animals

57% Off of WhirlyBall or Laser Tag

WhirlyBall

Multiple Locations

$150 $64

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Zip around courts in a bumper car, tossing wiffle balls with plastic scoops through goals, or slink through neon laser-tag arenas

45% Off Piano Lessons

The Art Of Piano Playing Inc.

The Loop

$200 $110

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$15 Off Science Museum Membership or Admission

International Museum of Surgical Science

Near North Side

$30 $15

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More than 600 art pieces and 7,000 medical artifacts—including a working iron lung—trace the advancement of surgery throughout history

Chicago History Museum – Up to 48% Off

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park

$14 $8

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at 50 years of the Ebony Fashion Fair

Up to 59% Off Kids' Open Play at Chicago Playpen

Chicago Playpen

Bronzeville

$60 $29

Kids play inside a facility that's full of educational installations, including a grocery store

Half Off Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum

APR Pullman Porter Museum

Far South Chicago

$50 $25

Museum celebrates the victories of the nation's first African-American labor unions and the history of African-American railroad workers

Up to 59% Off Music Lessons at Guitar Cities

Guitar Cities

Chicago

$80 $33

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Guitar, bass, ukulele, drum, and piano lessons from professional recording artists and touring musicians in Chicago’s Loop

Up to 63% Off Visits to Kids' Play Center

Kid City

West Town

$28 $14

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Kids play pretend at an indoor facility complete with a pint-sized supermarket, dress-up boutique, pet shop, and post office

Up to 58% Off Private Violin or Viola Lessons

MB Muzik

Chicago

$180 $75

A violinist since age seven, Marija Bubanj teaches violin and viola students basic scales, fingerings, and bowing techniques

$10 for Batting-Cage Tokens at Sluggers World Class Sports Bar

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar

Lakeview

$20 $10

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Just steps away from the legendary Wrigley Field, amateurs can practice their swings in the bar’s batting cages

Museum of Broadcast Communications – Up to Half Off

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Near North Side

$24 $12

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Artifacts and digitized recordings detail the history of radio and television; interactive station lets visitors anchor their own newscasts

Up to 54% Off Private Music Lessons

Guitar Chicago

The Loop

$70 $33

Instrumentalists train pupils of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level; students can pick a song to learn

Up to 52% Off Batting-Cage Sessions

BASH Sports Academy

Avondale

$150 $72

12,000 sq. ft., fully turfed indoor facility houses five cages for practicing swings year-round

Up to 50% Off Open Play at Bubbles Academy

Bubbles Academy

Goose Island

$12 $6

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Parents bring kids age 0–6 to climb and play in a room full of toy stations, slides, tunnels, and bubbles

Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze on Navy Pier – Up to 56% Off

Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze

Near North Side

$23.98 $12

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Narrow hallways inside a 4,000-square-foot, Chicago-history-themed maze on Navy Pier

Up to 52% Off Bagpipe or Drum Lessons

Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming

Irish American Heritage Center

$145 $69

In groups of up to five, students hone playing and practice technique and learn about the culture of drums or Scottish bagpipes

52% Off Adult Sports-Acrobatics Classes

MSA & Circus Arts

Logan Square

$60 $29

Learn floor-tumbling moves, such as bounces, flips, and handstands, and jump on a regulation-sized trampoline equipped with safety lines

44% Off Circus-Arts Classes

Circus Kazoo Llc

Redeem from Home

$120 $67

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83% Off Online Guitar Lessons

iPerform3D Online Guitar Lessons

Online Deal

$168.85 $29

Online lessons use 3D tech with video, tabs and backing tracks to let users follow along from any angle and create customizable lesson plans

Up to 69% Off Bowling at Fireside Bowl

Fireside Bowl

Logan Square

$48 $15

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Guests to this 1940s bowling alley vie for the highest score while surrounded by vintage decor and modern scoring systems

Up to 80% Off Music-Production Workshops

The Talent Pros

Pilsen

$75 $29

Workshops cover the basics of the recording industry with insight from an experienced staff that includes a Grammy-winning producer

52% Off Music Lessons

Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Chicago

$50 $24

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Paddleboarding and Picnic in the Park

Paddleboarding, Picnic, and Fireworks

Kayak Chicago

$60 $60

Savor summertime in Chicago by paddleboarding Lake Michigan, followed by a Montrose Beach picnic

Up to 60% Off Children's Acting and Movie-Making Camps

Brain Surgeon Theater

Bucktown

$650 $259

Children as young as 6 delve into scripted roles, improvisation, and the basics of filmmaking in camps led by experienced artist-educators

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

Lizzie McNeills Irish Pub

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

71% Off Kids' Indoor Play Package

Kidville

Chicago

$143 $42

3 classes in topics like art & music plus 2 passes to a playspace with climbing wall and tumble trak; $50 birthday day party credit included

50% Off Kids' and Teens Summer Day Camp

Lanita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center

Chicago

$400 $199

Kids and Teens can learn hip-hop, conditioning, jazz, ballet, and tumbling

50% Off at Jus-Fun Amusements in Villa Park

Jus-Fun Amusements

Villa Park

$24 $12

Family amusement park with multicolored go-karts and 18 holes of miniature golf

56% Off Bowling Package for Two

Elk Grove Bowl

Elk Grove Village

$27 $12

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Forty lanes with automatic scoring set stage for two games of bowling by pairs clad in provided shoes

Up to 90% Off Kids’ Bounce-House Visits

Pump It Up Glenview

Glenview

$90 $45

Kids jump, play, and socialize aboard colorful inflatable slides and bounce houses, or through obstacle courses

64% Off Private Music Lessons at Terra Sounds

Terra Sounds

Glenview

$80 $29

Students can practice instruments including guitar, piano, drums, violin, or voice or study techniques such as songwriting or improvisation

53% Off Enchanted Castle Visit for Two or Four 

Enchanted Castle

Lombard

$57 $27

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Entertainment complex's pizza helps fuel romps through game area, laser tag arena, go-kart track, or bumper cars

Up to 52% Off Roller Skating

Lombard Roller Rink

Lombard

$24 $12

(12)

Fun and inventive approaches to roller skating, including Family Night, 21+ events, and sessions set to the tune of R&B or organ music

Up to 64% Off Private Party at Suburbanite Bowl

Suburbanite Bowl

Westmont

$5,495 $1,999

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Host a private party for up to 200 people at a bowling alley equipped with 32 lanes, a pizza buffet, and snacks

53% Off Music Lessons

Devine Music Studio

Glen Ellyn

$60 $28

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50% Off Water Park Admission

The Oasis Water Park

The Oasis Water Park

$18 $9

Public water park's three zones—'Cuda Cove, Mango Bay, and Otter Island—host watery fun with slides, sprayers, leisure pool, and lap pool

Up to 56% Off Playtime at FunFlatables

FunFlatables

Multiple Locations

$80 $35

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Indoor playgrounds house colorful, air-filled obstacle courses, slides, and bounce castles

Up to 56% Off at Beyond The Stars Performing Arts Academy

Beyond The Stars Performing Arts Academy

Willowbrook

$90 $40

Seasoned instructors help dancers, actors and singers of all levels develop their confidence and technical skill

Chicago Pet Show – 50% Off Two-Day Passes

Chicago Pet Show

Darien Sportsplex

$14 $7

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Current or potential pet owners attend two days of demonstrations, seminars, and games from pet-friendly retailers and rescue groups

50% Off a Kids' Science Exploration Camp

WOW Camps

St. John Lutheran Church

$300 $149

Across five consecutive Mondays, kids spend the day exploring science with hands-on projects and activities

51% Off Private Music Lessons at Roselle School Of Music

Roselle School Of Music

Roselle

$150 $74

Music school established in 1959 offers aspiring musicians lessons in numerous instruments, like guitar, piano, bass, drums, brass, and more

67% Off Private Music Lessons from Parker Music

Parker Music

House-Calls and Studio Lessons

$60 $20

Seasoned instructor, Ben Parker, provides house-call or studio lessons for guitar, bass, ukulele, and music theory

62% Off Bowling Outing for Four

Fox Bowl

Wheaton

$39 $15

Bowling alley with onsite pizza kitchen and 10-foot video screen hosts groups of four for 60 minutes of pin-crushing revelry

Half Off Open-Play Sessions at Kids Town 

Kids Town

Wheaton

$10 $5

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Colorful themed playrooms delight youngsters as caregivers look on or relax in lounges

Up to 51% Off at Pump It Up

Pump It Up

Schaumburg

$40 $20

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Kids scramble and jump through bounce houses and coast down inflatable slides during five or 10 play sessions

Up to 61% Off Kids' Firefighter Play Sessions or Party

FireZone

Schaumburg

$45 $19

(17)

Hands-on activities in a firehouse-themed activity center with real firefighters teach safety skills and fuel imaginations

Up to 59% Off Indoor-Playground Visits

Yu Kids Island

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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Spinning palm trees with colorful, suspended balls, bouncing platforms, jungle gyms and water-filled slides thrill tiny visitors

Medieval Times – Up to 44% Off Dinner Show

Medieval Times

Schaumburg

$43.78 $29

Ironclad knights joust atop horses and battle with swords while viewers feast on a four-course meal; VIP package with DVD and banner

Pump It Up – Up to 53% Off Open-Jump Visits

Pump It Up

Lisle

$40 $20

Kids jump inside bounce-houses, zoom down inflatable slides, and race through obstacle courses at an indoor playground

Up to 56% Off Bowling at Lisle Lanes

Lisle Lanes

Lisle

$56.25 $25

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Bowling alley opens its doors every day of the week as competitors battle on 32 lanes, hang out in the game room, and browse the pro shop

50% Off Visit to Sea Lion Aquatic Park

Sea Lion Aquatic Park

Lisle

$26 $13

Guests slip down four water slides and relax in the zero-depth pool while children play amongst giant fish and octopus sculptures

The Morton Arboretum – Up to 33% Off Summer Festival

The Morton Arboretum

Lisle

$9 $6

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Come share in the many cultures represented from around the U.S. through food, activities, and events sourced from around the country

Up to Half Off at Jeffery Lanes 

Jeffery Lanes

Wheeling

$240 $119

Vintage bowling alley with midcentury-modern-style ball returns and manual scoring

Up to 51% Off Kids' Open Play

Kids Club Party and Fun

Schaumburg

$50 $25

Kids frolic in small houses, mini cars, and cushioned playhouses as parents sink into comfy couches and sip on coffee or tea

Up to 55% Off Playtime at Xtreme Trampolines

Xtreme Trampolines

Multiple Locations

$38 $20

Supervised kids and adults bounce off commercial-grade trampolines lining floors and walls or try their hand at trampoline dodge ball

Up to 53% Off Ice Skating at Seven Bridges Ice Arena

Seven Bridges Ice Arena

Woodridge

$20 $10

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Sports arena with one Olympic-size ice rink, one NHL-size ice rink, and a multisport turf field on the second floor

Up to 52% Off Amusement-Center Visit

Go Bananas

Norridge

$32.46 $16

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Bumper cars, a bounce castle, a mini roller coaster, and abundant arcade games enthrall youngsters in between bites of personal pizza

Up to 50% Off Hidden Creek AquaPark Visits

Hidden Creek AquaPark

Highland Park

$26 $14

(9)

Swimmers whoosh down two water slides or wade into the zero-depth-entry pool while tykes explore the water playground

Up to 47% Off Kids' Indoor Play in Naperville

Cafe N Play

Naperville

$17 $9

(16)

Day passes give unlimited access to play structures, toys, and an intricately detailed play town

Up to 50% Off Indoor Play at Ball Factory Indoor Play & Cafe

Ball Factory Indoor Play & Cafe

Naperville

$28 $18

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Play pass grants kids access to mazes, slides, and ball pits for the whole day; party includes pizza, drinks, invitations, and private room

Up to $30.01 Off Bowling and Billiards at Kings

Kings

Rosemont

$40 $19.99

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20 bowling lanes and 5 billiards tables; retro decor updated with colored lights and more than 50 high-def TVs and projectors

52% Off Celebrity Pro Bowler Tournament

Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation

Kings Bowl

$25 $12

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman brings his celebrity friends together for a night of bowling, which raises funds for sick kids

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"You know, Unity Temple is my contribution to modern architecture"—bold, blunt, and revolutionary, Frank Lloyd Wright single-handedly forged the Prairie school of architecture, of which Unity Temple is perhaps the purest example. Built between 1905 and 1908, the church broke all of the traditional rules, replacing the steeple with low, flat roofs, removing the prominent entranceway to create a sense of monolithic austerity, and most daringly of all, using poured concrete as not just a structural element but an architectural one. This honest exposure of a conventionally hidden material reflected the philosophy of a man who valued genuine candor over sweetened niceties, whether in word or in stone.

More than a century since its construction, the church is in the midst of an ongoing restoration, funded by member sponsorship and daily admission fees. Although the interior still luxuriates in the wash of natural light from the stained glass ceiling, and the boxy, modern light fixtures flicker on, the exterior faces severe weathering due mainly to Wright's eternally before-his-time designs, which failed to account for the effects of water and time on concrete, and an infestation of rockbiters in the 70s.

875 Lake St
Oak Park,
IL
US

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park fosters understanding of the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, with emphasis on his Oak Park origins and his impact on world literature.

We run the Hemingway Birthplace Home and the Hemingway Museum, plus offering scholarly and popular programming and entertainment year-round.

200 N Oak Park Ave
Oak Park,
IL
US

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is a Chicago-area nonprofit dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of one of the most influential architects of the modern era. Wright's Oak Park Home and Studio was built between 1889 and 1898 and served as the architect's workshop, in which he experimented with new design concepts, including the groundbreaking prairie style, as well as the lesser-known tiger style and mantis style. The Robie House, a Hyde Park Wright project designed for Chicago businessman Frederick C. Robie, is considered a Wright masterpiece and a centerpiece of modern architecture. All excursions are led by the Preservation Trust's expertly trained guides, who stand ready to impart bits of knowledge, answer tough questions, and pause for pictures with celebrity pillars and buttresses.

951 Chicago Ave
Oak Park,
IL
US

A giant tree spreads its limbs across a softly lit room as soothing forest sounds play. On a child-size stage, kids manipulate controls to flick theater lights on and off. In an art studio stocked with supplies, budding artists make creative messes. This is all taking place in Wonder Works' 6,400-square-foot space. Children aged 8 and younger explore six hands-on exhibits that help them express their creativity and develop mental and social skills. Wonder Works is able to cater to children with special needs.

The children's museum also hosts school field trips, and a variety of special activities and events including a children's music concert series, African American History Month, and the paleontology-centric Dino Works. In addition, an outdoor organic garden onsite gives kids an opportunity to marvel in the great outdoors without having to pay tolls to riddle-spouting trolls.

6445 North Ave
Oak Park,
IL
US

It’s commonly accepted that it’s not a good idea to build castles in the air, so the team at Monkey Zone built castles with air inside them instead. At their 40,000-square-foot indoor playground, they supervise tots expending energy as they ricochet off the walls of the Dora the Explorer inflatable and other air-filled fun houses. Good for kids aged 1–10, the Toddler Town bouncy house lets little ones roll about as bigger kids race invisible tractors at the barnyard blow-up. In the game room, kids delve further into their imaginations while playing arcade and crane games and sip soft drinks from the snack bar. Monkey Zone also hosts birthday parties with pizza, pop, and play for up to 50 guests in their fanciful space featuring jungle, circus, and aquatic murals.

110 N 25th Ave
Melrose Park,
IL
US

The roar of engines bounces off 20-foot ceilings as go-karts zip by at up to 42 miles per hour. The track winds through the 138,000-square-foot space as up to 14 racers compete in eight-minute sessions, their lap times recorded on projection screens for spectators to keep track of or use for their next lottery ticket. At Melrose Park Indoor Grand Prix, drivers first undergo a 15-minute safety briefing before racing, and afterward, go home with a boast-worthy printout of their lap times. Each of the facility's 37 single-seater carts is powered by eco-friendly propane gas and goes through regular rigorous testing to prevent malfunction or acquisition of an English accent.

2225 W North Ave
Melrose Park,
IL
US

Elmwood Park Scene