Indoor Safari Park embodies childhood dreams of the Serengeti with a varicolored landscape of tropical murals, plush jungle creatures, and both educational and entertaining activities. Cerebral toys teach little tykes the basics of numbers and colors, and wooden train sets review the basic origins of interstate commerce. Around the facility, mechanical elephants and zebras trot through a safe indoor jungle beneath giggling children, and a kid-size, primary-colored train chugs to life around a palm-flanked track. On an obstacle-flecked mini-golf course, prehistoric creatures guard the borders of each pin and avoid the ball pits that colorfully resemble the meteorites of their ancestors' demise. Age limits become obsolete with a specific play area for toddlers, and a huge retail area generously yields gift ideas to stumped shoppers.
Pumpkin Village Pumpkin Patch opens its fields each October, welcoming visitors for manifold fall activities. Admission and hayrides are always free, and activity tickets grant families access to additional amusements, with all profits going to charity. After roaming the pumpkin patch or riding one of the farm's friendly ponies, guests can stop and launch a pumpkin at the Punkin Chunkin station for a chance at a prize, depending on where the gourd lands on the target or on the farm's ferris wheel. A petting zoo allows kids to get up close and personal with new furry friends, and a picnic area invites human companions to rest and refuel with fall-themed refreshments.
Polar Ice House beckons ice-caperers aged 3 and older onto its slippery stage, where they can hone figure-skating and hockey skills or simply twiddle their blades during daily open-skate sessions. Beginners' skating courses include an all-ages Learn to Skate program and a Parent-Tot class that re-creates the gliding experience of moonwalking on an air-hockey table. The rink also hosts whirling laser-light shows that captivate the eyes of skaters on Friday and Saturday night, as well as private events such as birthday parties or broomball tournaments.
Drop off your sister's brood between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and scoop them up at 4:30 p.m. after you've taken in a full day of kid-free bonding. At camp, young ones aged 4–13 will learn enjoyable skills through a diverse assortment of fun-fillers such as kayaking, archery, fishing, swimming, treasure hunts, target shooting, conservation, conversation, conversation about conservation, nature study, and more. Snacks are provided at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center gives kids a little round-headed person's view of the world, surrounding them with blown-up versions of normally miniature plastic environments. At six locations across North America, children ages 3 and older—and their adults—drive all-terrain buggies through a Lego forest in hot pursuit of bank robbers, travel through a dungeon blasting skeletons with laser guns, and build and test their own race cars on a colorful track. At every location, visitors can enter the 4D Cinema, where 3D Lego films are enhanced with in-theater weather effects such as wind and snow. They can also look out over Lego-brick recreations of the local city that feature scale models of landmarks such as Chicago's Navy Pier.
An exploration of the bright world of plastic bricks doesn't have to end at the attractions. To continue the fun at home, shops at each location house hundreds of current Lego sets.