Kids Activities in Forest Park

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

$69 for Four 30 Minute Private Music Lessons $140 — Northfield School of Music

Northfield School Of Music

Northfield

$140 $69

Students can choose from drums, guitar, voice, violin, or piano lessons

Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at North Shore Music Institute (Up to 62% Off)

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

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

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

5 or 10 Pop-In Playtime Sessions at Pump It Up (Up to 51% Off)

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

Visit for Two, Four, or an Entire Family to the Swedish American Museum (50% Off)

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

Bowling with Shoe Rental for 2, 5, or 10 from Chicagoland Bowling (Up to 57% Off)

Chicagoland Bowling

Multiple Locations

$28 $12

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

International Bites Gala for One, Two, or Five at Lacuna Lofts on Saturday, September 13 (Up to 56% Off)

International Bites Gala

Lacuna Lofts

$43.19 $19

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French, Greek, Mexican, Italian, and Jamaican cuisine star in a three-hour tasting menu accompanied by a fashion show and vendor expo

Mind Reading Show at The Bar Below on September 4–24 or October 1 at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. (Up to 52% Off)

Mark Toland

The Bar Below

$25 $12

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Mark Toland blends fast-paced humor with mind reading and sideshow stunt capabilities for an unforgettable night of entertainment

Bowling Package for Five at Diversey River Bowl - Two Options Available (Up to 61% Off)

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

Zoovies Movie Screening with Optional Parking at Lincoln Park Zoo (Up to 63% Off). Three Dates Available.

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

$64 for 30 Minutes of WhirlyBall or Laser Tag for Up to 10 Players at WhirlyBall ($150 Value)

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

$110 for Piano Lessons ($200 Value) — The Art of Piano Playing

The Art Of Piano Playing Inc.

The Loop

$200 $110

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Admission for Two or One-Year Individual or Family Membership (50% Off)

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

Visit for One, Two, or Four to the 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

5 or 10 Kids' Open-Play Sessions at Chicago Playpen (Up to 59% Off)

Chicago Playpen

Bronzeville

$60 $29

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

General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (Half Off)

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

Two or Four 30-Minute Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drum, or Piano Lessons at Guitar Cities (Up to 59% Off)

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

Three, Five, or Seven Private Violin or Viola Lessons at MB Muzik (Up to 58% Off)

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 15 Batting-Cage Tokens at Sluggers World Class Sports Bar ($20 Value)

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

Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to 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

Two or Four Private Piano or Drum Lessons at Guitar Chicago (Up to 54% Off)

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

60-Minute Batting-Cage Sessions at Bash Sports Academy (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

BASH Sports Academy

Avondale

$150 $72

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

One or Six Open-Play Family Visits at Bubbles Academy (Up to 50% Off)

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

Maze Visit and Time Freak Game for Two or Four at 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

Five Weeks of Bagpipe or Drum Lessons with Rentals at Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming (Up to 52% Off)

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

$29 for Two Adult Sports-Acrobatics Classes at MSA & Circus Arts ($60 Value)

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

Karaoke, Spa, or Knight-Themed Party for Eight Kids at Young Royal Parties (Up to 53% Off)

Young Royal Parties

Bucktown

$205 $99

Kids can sing together with karaoke, feel pampered with mini spa treatments, or pretend to be a noble knight with themed parties

$67 for $120 Worth of Circus-Arts Classes — Circus Kazoo

Circus Kazoo Llc

Redeem from Home

$120 $67

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$29 for Three Months of 3D Guitar Lessons Online from iPerform 3D Online Guitar Lessons ($168.85 Value)

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

$15 for One Hour of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Up to Six at Fireside Bowl (Up to $48 Value)

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

$33 for Three Private Guitar or Piano Lessons or Two Vocal Lessons at The Ultimate School of Guitar (Up to $72 Value)

The Ultimate School of Guitar

Berger Park Cultural Center

$72 $33

Basic to advanced lessons in guitar, piano, and vocals taught by talented instructors with educational and practical experience

Music-Production 101 Class or One Full-Day Boot Camp at The Talent Pros (Up to 80% Off)

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

$24 for $50 Worth of Music Lessons — Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Paul Cherewick: Guitar Teacher

Chicago

$50 $24

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Three Games of Bowling for Two or Two Hours of Cosmic Bowling for Ten at Waveland Bowl (Up to 51% Off)

Waveland Bowl

North Center

$19 $10

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Classic, 50-year-old alley equipped with 40 state-of-the-art lanes, computerized scoring, and billiards tables

Ice-Skating Outing for Two or Four at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville (Up to 53% Off)

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

Two, Four, or Six Go-Kart Rides and Rounds of Miniature Golf at Jus-Fun Amusements in Villa Park (50% Off)

Jus-Fun Amusements

Villa Park

$24 $12

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

Miniature Golf for Two or Four at Novelty Golf & Games (Up to 50%)

Novelty Golf & Games

Lincolnwood

$20 $10

10-foot-tall chickens, giant fiberglass shoes, and Frankenstein heads tower over two classic, 18-hole mini-golf courses

Six Open-Play Sessions at Jump!Zone (Up to 42% Off). Six Locations Available.

Jump!Zone

Multiple Locations

$60 $35

Kids bounce across massive inflatable arenas, slides, and obstacle courses

Arcade Outing with 100 Tokens and a 14-Inch Single-Topping Pizza at Kiddie Kingdom (Up to 55% Off)

Kiddie Kingdom

Niles

$33.70 $15

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

Indoor Amusement Package for Two or Four with Attractions, Game Tokens and Pizza at Enchanted Castle (53% Off) 

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

Roller Skating with Skate Rentals for Two, Four, or Six at Lombard Roller Rink (Up to 52% Off)

Lombard Roller Rink

Lombard

$24 $12

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

$29 for Three Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Up to Six at Suburbanite Bowl ($96 Value)

Suburbanite Bowl

Westmont

$96 $29

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Groups of up to six hit pins on one of 32 lanes, moonwalking in rental shoes around alley built in 1957

Mini Golf for 4, 6, 8, or 10 or Mini Golf for 4 and 45 Arcade Tokens Each at PGN Fun Center (Up to 59% Off)

PGN Fun

PGN Fun Center

$28 $14

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Two adventure-themed miniature-golf courses wind through castles, caves, and tall hedges

$23 for a Visit to Richardson Adventure Farm for Two Adults and Two Kids ($46 Value)

Richardson Adventure Farm

Spring Grove

$46 $23

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Explore a 28-acre corn maze, an observation tower, and 850-foot zipline at an operational family farm

Chicago Pet Show BOGO for Two at Darien Sportsplex on September 6–7 (Up to 50% Off)

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

Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons from Parker Music (67% Off)

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

Admission for 2, 4, or 6 to Barn Dance on Saturday, Sept. 6 at The Children's Farm at The Center (Up to 54% Off)

The Children's Farm at The Center

Palos Park

$16 $8

Families dance to the strains of a live band at farm festival with marshmallow bonfire and and hayrides

Visit for Two or Four to Kohl Children's Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Kohl Children's Museum

Glenview

$22 $14

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Two-acre outdoor sculpture park and 16 other interactive exhibits teach children how to build a house, harness natural power, and make art

$29 for Two 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Terra Sounds ($80 Value)

Terra Sounds

Glenview

$80 $29

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

$28 for $60 Worth of Music Lessons — Devine Music Studio

Devine Music Studio

Glen Ellyn

$60 $28

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Indoor Amusement-Center Visit for One or Two with Tokens, Pizza, and Drinks at Go Bananas (Up to 63% Off)

Go Bananas

Norridge

$32.46 $12

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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

5, 10, or 20 Open-Jump Visits at Pump It Up (Up to 53% Off)

Pump It Up

Lisle

$40 $20

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

Three Games of Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Glowgolf (Up to 55% Off)

Glowgolf

Multiple Locations

$16 $8

Luminescent golf balls, lit-up putters, neon obstacles, and incandescent walls illuminate players negotiating tricky glow-themed landscapes

5 or 10 Open-Play Sessions at FunFlatables (Up to 56% Off)

FunFlatables

Multiple Locations

$80 $35

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

Family Fun-Park Outing for Two or Four with Go-Kart Rides and Rounds of Mini Golf at Fun Time Square (50% Off)

Fun Time Square

Alsip

$20 $10

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Go-karts roar over tracks, and putters propel balls across 18 mini-golf holes flanked by shrubbery

$15 for a One-Hour Bowling Outing for Four with Shoe Rental at Fox Bowl ($39 Value)

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

Three or Six Groupons, Each Good for One Open-Play Session at Kids Town (Half Off) 

Kids Town

Wheaton

$10 $5

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

Ice-Skating Admission and Skate Rental for Two or Four at Seven Bridges Ice Arena (Up to 53% Off)

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

$74 for Six 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Roselle School Of Music ($150 Value)

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

Two Hours of Trampoline Sports and Play for Two or Four at Xtreme Trampolines (Up to 55% Off)

Xtreme Trampolines

Multiple Locations

$38 $17

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

$18 for Nickel City Family Entertainment Center Visit for Four with Pizza, Pop, and Gameplay ($31.99 Value)

Nickel City

Northbrook

$31.99 $18

Share a large pizza and pitcher of soda between turns on 100+ nickel-operated video and redemption games

Bowling, Billiards, and Shoe Rentals at Kings (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

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

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

$19 $10

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

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

Evolution Music

Orland Park

$20 $10

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

5 or 10 Bounce-House Play Passes at Pump It Up (Up to 51% Off

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

5 or 10 Drop-In Play Sessions, or a 90-Minute Firefighter Birthday Party for Up to 14 at FireZone (Up to 61% Off)

FireZone

Schaumburg

$45 $19

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

Three or Six Open-Play Outings at Kids Club Party and Fun (Up to 50% Off)

Kids Club Party and Fun

Schaumburg

$30 $16

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

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

Rocket Ice Arena

Bolingbrook

$18 $8

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

Two Play-Area Admissions at Cafe N Play in Naperville (Up to 47% Off)

Cafe N Play

Naperville

$17 $9

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

Open Play for Two or Four or 10-Kid, 10-Adult Party Package at Ball Factory Play & Cafe (Up to 50% Off)

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

Bowling and Shoe Rental for 4 or 20 at Jeffery Lanes (Up to Half Off) 

Jeffery Lanes

Wheeling

$240 $119

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

Four Weekly 30-, 45-, or 60-Minute Private Music Lessons at American Music Institute (Up to 56% Off)

American Music Institute

Multiple Locations

$120 $60

Weekly one-on-one music lessons for voice or instruments including saxophone, violin, piano, guitar, trumpet, clarinet, and oboe

5 or 10 Weekday or Weekend Open-Play Passes at Jump N' Jam Playland (Up to 58% Off)

Jump N' Jam Playland

Calumet City

$40 $19

Inflatable bounce houses, jungle gyms, slides, obstacle courses, and basketball courts

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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
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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

Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.

3111 River Rd
River Grove,
IL
US

Encompassing an 85’x200’ main rink as well as a smaller 80’x60’ surface, Franklin Park Ice Arena hosts wintry productions ranging from hockey and figure skating to broomball and birthday parties. When not configured for youth or adult hockey leagues, speed-skating time trials, or test drives of icebreaking jet skis, the rink hosts public skating sessions offered up to six times per week. Meanwhile, Orch’s Pro Shop stands at the ready for skaters with equipment by such major brands as Bauer, CCM, and Easton, as well as repairs and skate sharpening.

9711 Waveland Ave
Franklin Park,
IL
US

Forest Park Scene