Activities in Montgomery

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

Kidz Funland

Aurora

$320 $160

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

VIP Live-Action Zombie Experience for Two or Four at Zombie Outbreak on Saturday, September 6 (44% Off)

Zombie Outbreak

Aurora

$45 $25

Zombie Outbreak provides replica weapons that recoil like the real thing to hunt down zombies with high-tech targets that record each shot

Pumpkin Daze Autumn Festival for Four or Six at Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey (Up to 49% Off)

Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey

Aurora

$46 $24

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All-day access to hayrides, corn mazes, and other family-friendly attractions

Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Cupcake- or Cake-Decorating Class at Knightsbridge PME (Up to 51% Off)

Knightsbridge PME

Aurora

$40 $20

English- and Spanish-language classes teach students of all experience levels how to decorate desserts

Five Group Ballroom-Dance Classes or Two Private Lessons at My Dance Hub (Up to 71% Off)

My Dance Hub

Naperville/Aurora

$75 $29

Ballroom and Latin dance studio staffed by passionate instructors

Jennifer Nettles at RiverEdge Park on Friday, August 29, at 7 p.m. (Up to 57% Off)

RiverEdge Park

RiverEdge Park

$46 $20

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The lead singer of Sugarland tours behind new solo work with iconic folk duo the Indigo Girls and Nashville singer-songwriter Brandy Clark

MattyB at The Paramount Theatre on Saturday, August 23, at 4 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

MattyB

The Paramount Theatre

$23.52 $14

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Internet rap sensation, who happens to be 11 years old, floors audiences with G-rated swagger and age-defying skills

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Swings find their sweet spots at Sugar Grove Golf Center, which grooms golf games with a driving range and lessons. Golf balls blast off of turf mats at the range before settling around targets with yardage displays. Players of all calibers can scratch bogeys off of their scorecards with private lessons or clinics. The onsite golf pro conducts prescheduled lessons until as late as 11 p.m., enabled by towering lights that surround the range and practice balls that have acquired a taste for coffee.

9S825 State Route 47
Sugar Grove,
IL
US

Kristin was nervous before her first pole-dancing class. Sure, she?d spent years as a fitness specialist with a background in classical dance, but she was also working as the volunteer director at her church. What would people think? At her first turn around the pole, however, her fears vanished. ?I felt like a goddess and an acrobat,? she says.

Today, Kristin is a certified pole instructor, a master trainer for Pole Move, Inc, and a member of the Pole Fitness Association. Inside her 3,400-square-foot studio, she works alongside 16 PFA-certified instructors to teach women body acceptance through pole dancing. More than 3,000 female students so far have sampled the studio's liberating, confidence-boosting classes. There's a broad selection of class types, including eight stages of pole dancing, burlesque, aerobic classes, core conditioning, aerial silks, and aerial yoga. Each class caps attendance at 10 students to ensure instructors know everyone?s name and favorite sandwich, and that they can keep an eye out for safety and technique.

4222 Meridian Parkway
Aurora,
IL
US

Located on the shores of the Fox River, Fox Paintball has numerous fields suited for chromatic combat, along with a fully stocked pro shop. The Shipwreck field is comprised of a wooded area marked with ancient-styled barriers?ideal for both close exchanges and long shots?and is inhabited by a druid who officiates each match. The new Ninja Arena puts players among wrecked cars, a trench, sandbag bunkers, and a makeshift "power plant" building. Bunkers and two-story structures dot the other woods fields, and geometric inflatables provide protection from pigment projectiles and low-flying pigeons on the regulation XBall! field. Offering a respite between operations, the pro shop and concessions booth are stocked with eats, drinks, markers, and equipment by makers such as Empire, Tippmann, and Kingman. The park plays host to numerous tournaments and scenario games throughout the year.

1891 N Farnsworth Ave
Aurora,
IL
US

For more than 50 years, the monks of Marmion Abbey have tended 300 acres of farmland. They started with Christmas trees, and now maintain 120 acres of pines, spruces, and firs that smell exactly like car freshener. On the remaining acres, they tend pumpkin vines and corn mazes, interspersing these areas with scenic picnic groves.

Throughout the year, the monks open their land to the public. In the autumn, they host Pumpkin Daze, a harvest festival with tractor wagon rides and a petting zoo. Around mid-November, they grant access to their tree farm, supplying visitors with rental saws for you-cut trees and bellowing "Timber!" just like Paul Bunyan did when he fell into bed at night. The monks stock their farm store with handcrafted goods that complement the season, whether caramel apples in the fall or quilts in the winter.

2855 Hart Road
Aurora,
IL
US

Aurora Roller Skate Center's gleaming wooden rink beckons wheel-hitched feet to orbit its oblong track beneath glowing white globe lamps. Gather four friends or nine members of the Walton family and lace up classic four-wheel skates before gliding through daily open-skate sessions (upgrade to inline skates for additional fee). A slew of special events and theme nights fill the skate center with movie and costume parties, and DJ Suave Smooth electrifies Friday and Saturday evenings with Top 40 hits and Schubert dirges that bellow through the rink's stentorian speakers as colorful lights flicker across the floor. On the sidelines, retro booths coddle weary gams, and skaters nosh on pizza and slushes from the snack bar or fawn over new trinkets from the novelty shop.

34W113 Montgomery Rd
Aurora,
IL
US

Be Active Outdoors organizes physical and recreational activities for adults and children of all fitness levels. Regular events challenge locals to break their sedentary habits with 10-mile bike rides, lessons on revitalizing waterways, and group adventure races. An annual river-basin tournament combines a focus on conservation with thrilling paddleboat and shoreline fishing. The Amped Up Adventure race complicates traditional adventure racing with urban elements including biking, running, paddling, and an obstacle course to get people moving in their home environments.

107 Spruce Street
Aurora,
IL
US