Kids Activities in Michigan City

Up to 55% Off Arboretum Admission or Membership

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Valparaiso

$20 $10

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Vast arboretum brings plants together from around the world to create varied gardens

Up to 56% Off Bowling for Up to Six People

Stardust Bowl II and Stardust Bowl III

Multiple Locations

$61 $27

Groups of up to six people can bowl an unlimited number of games over the course of two hours

Up to 58% Off Inflatable-Playground Play Passes

Jump N' Jam Playland

Calumet City

$40 $19

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

HealthWorks! Kids' Museum 53% Off Family Visits

HealthWorks! Kids' Museum

South Bend

$75 $35

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Kid-focused museum exhibits sneak cognitive and physical learning into fun activities

86% Off One Year of Online Guitar Lessons

Center Stage Guitar Academy

Online Deal

$108 $15

Bryan Billhimer leads lessons organized by skill level, covering technique and song learning in high-quality videos shot from many angles

Up to 54% Off Laser Tag at Zig-E's Funland

Zig-E's Funland

St. John

$30 $15

On an outdoor laser tag field with shelters and barrels for cover, up to 36 players simultaneously battle for 30 minutes

Up to 47% Off Ice-Skating

Midwest Training and Ice Center

Midwest Training and Ice Center

$16 $9

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Olympic-sized ice arena hosts open-skate sessions or four weeks of lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skaters

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 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

Navy Pier – Up to 63% Off Cirque Shanghai

Cirque Shanghai

Pepsi Skyline Stage At Navy Pier

$41.01 $15

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Cirque Shanghai's gymnasts and martial artists perform breathtaking stunts and acrobatics beneath an open-air big top

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

The Field Museum

Museum Campus

$23 $18

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

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 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 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 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

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$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

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

$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

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

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 54% Off Private Guitar, Piano, or Vocal Lessons

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

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

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

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

Up to 56% Off Weekly Private Music Lessons

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

Up to 53% Off at Lakewood Bowl

Lakewood Bowl

Richton Park

$69.49 $34

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

Half Off Private Guitar Lessons from Eric Mantel 

Eric Mantel

Matteson

$45 $22.50

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

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

53% Off Amusement-Park Package for Two or Four

Haunted Trails Amusement Park

Multiple Locations

$57 $27

Pizza helps fuel romps through a game area and visits to two attractions, which include mini golf and go-karts, plus laser tag at Joliet

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

Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum – 50% Off Visit

Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum

Elkhart

$56 $28

Superhero museum housed in a 2-story replica of The Hall of Justice overflows with new and vintage action figures, comic books, and artwork

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

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 60% Off at Orland Bowl

Orland Bowl

Orland Park

$45 $20

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Bowling party for six or lessons at a 50-lane alley on weekends or weekdays

Up to 67% Off 30-Minute Guitar Lessons

Evolution Music

Orland Park

$20 $10

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

Up to 56% Off Kids' Dress-Up Party

Rockstar Diva

Orland Hills

$300 $149

At party place with loads of costumes, kids age 4-10 play dress-up as they celebrate

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

KidsWork Children's Museum – Up to 47% Off Visit

KidsWork Children's Museum

Frankfort

$24 $14

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Programs such as music classes and story time as well as exhibits including a floor piano and instruments made from recycled materials

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

51% Off Music Lessons

Northfield School Of Music

Northfield

$140 $69

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

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

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 60% Off at Maple City Bowl

Maple City Bowl

Goshen

$49.50 $20

Players dance between frames of glow-in-the-dark cosmic bowling; bumpers available

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

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

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

70% Off Bowling for Up to Six

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

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Frolicking in a 500,000-gallon wave pool, plummeting from 100-foot free-fall slides, and drifting along a 1,200-foot lazy river with 5 mph currents are just a few of the diversions found within Seven Peaks' net of water parks. The aquatic havens spread across Utah and Indiana, luring families and adventurous kayakers with forests of twisting water slides such as the Provo location's Boomerang, which sends passengers ricocheting down three stories. Calmer fun awaits at child-friendly areas such as Sand Bar Bay, where gentle spurts of water surprise and delight kids and a tiny slide sends them, careening and giggling, into the water.

505 North Calumet Road
Chesterton,
IN
US

Spring Creek Equestrian Center doesn't know if every kid really wants a pony, but kids who do can come here. At the center's camps and birthday parties, kids can learn to ride horses in a relaxed farm environment. The center's team also hosts horse shows that give participants a chance to strut their stuff for competition and offers horseback-riding lessons for students of all ages.

7888 Martin Rd
Three Oaks,
MI
US

On Zao Island's two 18-hole mini-golf courses, players will encounter more than 20 fountains, 10 waterfalls, and several suspended bridges. But by the last hole, all they'll remember is the 30-foot, three-story mountain looming over the course and the mighty dragon that perches atop it. While the mythical winged beast stands guard over Zao Island, 45 real alligators occupy its waters, waiting for visitors to feed them with one of the gator exhibit's poles. The island's jungle-themed, black-lit laser-tag arena is devoid of strange creatures, however—save for droves of laser-armed humans.

While players dodge lasers, slow pitches and fastballs whiz by inside Zao Island's batting cages. Speed is also the name of the game on the park's 1,100-foot-long go-kart track, whose twists and turns stretch across a wooden high rise. Inflatable slides, bounce houses, and a massive arcade complete with redemption prizes round out the fun center's potpourri of attractions. To reenergize after long days of play, visitors can gather at Colada's Pizza for a celebratory slice.

1050 Horse Prairie Ave
Valparaiso,
IN
US

Youngsters clamor over air-filled merry-go-rounds, obstacle courses, and slides inside FunFlatables' indoor play arenas. Dyer's 12,00-square-foot facility houses giant aquariums, pirate ships, and 19-foot slides. Each bounce facility keeps toddlers from getting underfoot in dedicated Totland play spaces, complete with musical toys, miniature slides, and foam-covered floors.

1923 Southlake Mall
Merrillville,
IN
US

Stardust Bowl's two locations welcome everyone from casual groups to diehard competitors, keeping lanes open as late as 11 p.m. in Merrillville and as late as 12 a.m. in Dyer. In between frames, patrons can refuel with a quick bite or drink from the snack bar, try their hand at the Merrillville location's billiard tables, or visit the Dyer alley's arcade. The Dyer location ramps up the energy on select evenings with starlight bowling, showering all 48 lanes with laser lights and cranking up the sound system's playlist of spirited mayoral debates.

3925 E Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville,
IN
US

Jak's Warehouse's bright green, off-kilter sign hints at the fun to be had behind its weathered-brick entryway. Within the industrial-themed indoor playground, children dodge beams of light in a laser maze, collide in a bumper-cars arena, and navigate tunnels and launch volleys of foam balls in a Ballocity climbing structure. Under the glow of black lights, they compete in games of laser tag and play through a nine-hole, city street-themed mini-golf course. The four-story Sky Trail climbing structure’s elevated platforms and swinging ropes let small visitors nearly touch the ceiling of the expansive space, while on the ground, nearly 100 modern arcade games fill the Warehouse floor with lights and Morse-code messages from Pac Man to his wife. Though Jak’s Warehouse doesn't permit outside food or drink, casual café fare is available at the on-site Forklift Restaurant, including sandwiches, hot dogs, and pizzas.

221 U.S. Hwy. 41
Schererville,
IN
US

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