Kids Activities in Northwest

Presale: Harlem Globetrotters Game at BMO Harris Bank Center on December 27, 2014 at 1 p.m. (Up to 41% Off)

Harlem Globetrotters

BMO Harris Bank Center

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$62.20 $37

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Six or Eight Arcade-Center Admissions to NickelWorld (Up to 50% Off)

NickelWorld

Northwest

Customers can choose from more than 100 video games and redemption games, all of which are either free or cost just a nickel per play

$13.50 $7

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$26 for Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Up to Six People at B & B Park Bowl ($58 Value)

B & B Park Bowl

Loves Park

Groups of up to six take to one of B & B's eight lanes, at a family-friendly bowling alley open since the 1950s

$58 $26

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$12 for Visit for Two Adults and Two Kids and One $5 Gift Voucher to Klehm Arboretum ($23 Value)

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Get access to the 155-acre living museum’s floral exhibits, forested paths, and children’s gardens, plus a gift-shop voucher

$23 $12

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$30 for $60 Worth of Services at Pape Conservatory of Music

Pape Conservatory of Music

Northeast

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

$60 $30

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All-Day Access Package for Up to 8 or Party Package for Up to 15 at Coral Cove Family Fun Center (Up to 52% Off)

Coral Cove Family Fun Center

South Beloit

Modern and classic arcade games stand alongside five inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses for ample family fun

$36 $18

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Museum Tour for Two Adults or Four Adults or Kids at Ellwood House Museum (50% Off)

Ellwood House Museum

DeKalb

Tours of the estate of Isaac Ellwood, one of the wealthiest men in Illinois in the late 1800s, feature a barbed-wire exhibit and a playhouse

$16 $8

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6 or 12 Kids' Yoga Classes at Katerpillar Kids Yoga (Up to 76% Off)

Katerpillar Kids Yoga

Sycamore

A yoga instructor encourages fitness and imagination in children aged 5–12, blending yoga with songs, games, and storytelling

$78 $19

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Geneva Lake Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to Half Off)

Geneva Lake Museum

Lake Geneva

Museum fills historic Power & Light building and replicates Lake Geneva Main Street of late 19th and early 20th centuries

$14 $7

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$40 for Four Lessons on Piano, Guitar, Drums, or Other Instruments at JC’s Guitars & Music Lessons ($88 Value)

JC’s Guitars & Music Lessons

Multiple Locations

During private, 30-minute lessons, students learn the basics of singing or their choice of string, wind, or percussion instrument

$88 $40

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Two or Four Private Instrument or Voice Lessons at Piano Trends Music Company (Up to 61% Off)

Piano Trends Music Company

Crystal Lake

30-minute instrument or voice lessons for all ages

$63 $29

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$15 for Two Games of Bowling with Shoes for Five at Badgerland Bowling Centers (Up to $52.50 Value)

Badgerland Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

Groups of up to five strap into shoes and bowl at any of six locations, each with an onsite restaurant

$52.50 $15

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10 Open-Jump Sessions, Parent's Night Out, or Tween Night at Pump It Up of Crystal Lake (Up to 50% Off)

Pump It Up of Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

Lauded by Parents magazine, indoor playground sprawls spacious party rooms and air-filled playthings for shoeless escapades

$80 $40

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Adult 6-Week Keyboard Class or Class with 10 Weeks of Level 2 from Music Education Centers of America (Up to 53% Off)

Music Education Centers of America

Music Education Centers of America

Students with no experience in music learn to play the keyboard with up to sixteen weeks of music lessons

$30 $15

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5, 10, or 20 All-Day Indoor Play Sessions at Never Grow Up (Up to 58% Off)

Never Grow Up

South Elgin

Brand-new indoor play center offers plenty of ways for kids to have imaginative fun with toys, dress-up outfits, a log cabin, and story time

$45 $22

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Admission for Four to Madison Children's Museum (Up to 53% Off)

Madison Children's Museum

Capitol

Three-floor museum full of hands-on activities for kids 12 and under, including painting stations, giant Gerbil Wheel, and a rooftop garden

$31.80 $18

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Two Hours of Bowling for Four or Eight with Drinks and Shoes at Liberty Lanes Bowling Center (Up to 59% Off)

Liberty Lanes Bowling Center

Carpentersville

Retro-style bowling alley; includes shoe rental and pitcher of soda or beer

$141.50 $59

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Admission for Four Adults, or Membership for One Adult or Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Elgin History Museum

Eastside Elgin

Two floors of history exhibits reflecting Elgin’s rich past, including a collection of Elgin Watches and Elgin Road Race memorabilia

$12 $8

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Amusement-Park Visit for Two or Four, Valid Saturday or Sunday at Santa's Village Azoosment Park (49% Off)

Santa's Village Azoosment Park

East Dundee

Nostalgia-filled theme park delights families with fall-themed decorations, caramel apples, and costume contests

$39.50 $20

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

American Music Institute

Multiple Locations

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

$120 $60

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Weekend Access to the Chicago Pet Show for Two at Kane County Fairgrounds on November 8–9 (Up to 50% Off)

Chicago Pet Show

Kane County Fairgrounds

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Two days of demonstrations, seminars, and games from pet-friendly retailers and rescue groups, aimed at current and prospective pet owners

$14 $7

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Corn-Maze Adventures for Two, Four, or Six at Army Lake Camp (Up to 58% Off)

Army Lake Camp Corn Maze

East Troy

A camp operated by The Salvation Army offers Fall Harvest activities, including an extensive corn maze, carnival games, and a pumpkin patch

$22 $11

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Housemade Mustard or Guided Tour Including Personalized Mustard Case at National Mustard Museum (Up to 51% Off)

National Mustard Museum

Middleton

Browse the Great Wall of Mustard’s 5,600 jars, sample 500 flavors, and take home a case of mustard jars with your photo on them

$72 $35

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Music and DJ Classes at Absolute Music Academy (Up to 68% Off). Four Options Available.

Absolute Music Academy

Geneva

The music teachers all have professional experience and either a bachelors or masters degree in music

$199 $99

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

Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey

Aurora

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

$46 $24

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5 or 10 Open-Bounce Visits at Bounce Town (Up to 48% Off)

Bounce Town

Oswego

Kids clamber through a 50-foot obstacle course, glide down slides, and jump about inside 20,000-square-foot facility

$47.50 $25

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

Kids Club Party and Fun

Schaumburg

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

$30 $16

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$20 for 2 Rounds of Mini Golf and 1 Hour of Unlimited Arcade Games for 2 at Fore! Family Fun ($40 Value)

Fore! Family Fun

Oswego

18-hole mini-golf course decorated with leopards and sunken ships; 4,000-square-foot arcade with video and redemption games

$40 $20

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Sports Birthday Party for Up to 10 or 20 Kids at Kits Sports Center (Up to 49% Off)

Kits Sports Center

Lake Zurich

Up to 20 kids can play at basketball, baseball, soccer, or flag football during a birthday party at this sports center.

$145 $79

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Two Hours of Jump Time or Jump Party for Up to 30 at Sky High Sports (Up to 45% Off). Two Locations Available.

Sky High Sports

Multiple Locations

360 degrees of trampolines with trampoline dodgeball and special kids-only zone for younger jumpers

$20 $11

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

Kidz Funland

Aurora

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

$320 $160

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Cinderella Corn Maze and Fall Activities for Two, Four, or Six at Keller's Farmstand Oswego (Up to 52% Off)

Keller's Farmstand

Oswego

This family-run farmstand celebrates fall with a 13-acre Cinderella corn maze, hayrides, an animal barn, and a play area

$18 $10

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

Glowgolf

Multiple Locations

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

$16 $8

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

FunFlatables

Multiple Locations

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

$80 $35

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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

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

$28 $18

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

Pump It Up

Schaumburg

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

$40 $20

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

Cafe N Play

Naperville

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

$17 $9

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

Xtreme Trampolines

Multiple Locations

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

$38 $17

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$66 for Six 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Roselle School Of Music ($150 Value)

Roselle School Of Music

Roselle

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

$150 $66

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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

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

$45 $19

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Corn Maze Entry, Mining Rough, and $5 Vouchers for Two or Four at Glacier Rock Farms (Up to 50% Off)

Glacier Rock Farms

Lebanon

Spend a beautiful autumn day or evening searching for the way out of the corn maze, panning for treasure, or enjoying tasty snacks

$32 $17

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

Devine Music Studio

Glen Ellyn

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

$60 $28

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

Fox Bowl

Wheaton

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

$39 $15

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

Kids Town

Wheaton

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

$10 $5

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

Pump It Up

Lisle

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

$40 $20

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

Lombard Roller Rink

Lombard

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

$24 $12

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One Private 30-Minute Drum Lessons with DVD at Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons (60% Off)

Chicago's #1 Drum Lessons

Multiple Locations

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

$25 $10

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One Hours of Bowling for Up to 6 or 12 with Shoes and Drinks at Fatman Sports Lounge & Lanes (Up to 72% Off)

Fatman Sports Lounge & Lanes

Green Oaks (Lake Bluff)

Neighborhood bowling alley entertains guests with bowling on 12 automatically scored lanes

$86 $25

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Mirror-Maze Adventure for Two, Four, or Six at Amazing Mirror Maze (Up to 50% Off)

Amazing Mirror Maze

Gurnee Mills Mall

Wall-to-wall reflections in 1,800-square-foot neon space creates a fun, challenging maze for guests to conquer and escape

$16 $8

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

The Edge Ice Arena

Multiple Locations

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

$32 $15

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"Masters of Illusion" at Genesee Theatre on Friday, October 24, at 8 p.m. (Up to 46% Off)

Masters Of Illusion

Genesee Theatre

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Performers from CW’s Masters of Illusion share mind-boggling sets of magic

$55.90 $30

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What do kids love more than outer space? Nothing, except maybe learning more about it at Discovery Center Museum, named one of the 10 best museums in the country for families by USA Today readers. The slew of interactive exhibits include a planetarium, where youngsters can learn more about the night sky, and an exhibit on Rockford astronaut Dr. Janice Voss, who went on an impressive grand total of five space missions with NASA. The museum covers more than space, though?those are just two of the more than 250 hands-on exhibits that explain concepts as diverse as how agriculture touches our everyday lives and how airplanes fly without flapping their wings.

711 N Main St.
Rockford,
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The Rockford Art Museum has more than a century of creativity hanging from the walls in its galleries. It acquired its first piece in 1913 and has since collected more than 1600 pieces from local and international artists. Glass sculptures, 20th century American photography, and impressionist paintings vie for attention alongside the dynamic images of the American southwest from the Taos Society of New Mexico. The collection houses the detailed work of regional artists trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Royal Academy of Arts and the earthy, meaningful paintings of outsider art, such as Richard Burnside’s untitled painting of a cat made from paint and pinecone pieces.

Standing apart from the main collection, the museum’s RAM Art Annex houses educational programs and the museum store stocks an inventory of jewelry and glass pieces by local artists. The annual Greenwich Village Art Fair also shares art appreciation with the community. The fair gathers more than 100 artists in an atmosphere filled with live music.

711 N Main St Ste 3
Rockford,
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The caring staff at the YMCA of Rock River Valley fosters healthy habits with personalized fitness programs, family-centric recreation, and more than 50 group exercise classes at both Rockford-area locations. Equipment orientation helps new members feel at home by helping them set workout goals and meet other members with similar goals. After teaming with a certified coach to build a full-fledged fitness plan, guests may follow up with an electronic advisor that suggests changes to the plan based on input from the Y’s human fitness experts. Unlimited access to group classes such as yoga and pool-based aqua Pilates challenges muscles under water. Zumba’s Latin-inspired dance moves get heart rates delightfully elevated, and cardio madness continues the trend with weighted bars and free weights. The Y also sets aside time for families to connect over basketball, movie showing in the pool, or competing in an inflatable obstacle course

In addition to showering members with classes and coaching, the Y bathes them in discounts when they sign up for specialized classes such as triathlon training. Complimentary childcare allows parents to focus their mental energy on physical feats, and a handful of free guest passes lets members show their friends where they climb the climbing wall.

200 Y Boulevard
Rockford,
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NickelWorld hosts a selection of more than 100 games to entertain adventurous imaginations and quick-digited game wizards?and they all either cost just a nickel per play, or are free. While meandering through an arcade of more than 20 video games, patrons can slay aliens, henchmen, and the occasional evil cottontail along the way. Classics include Pac-Man, Galaga, and Frogger, in which amphibians halt oncoming traffic through persuasive arguments. After that, they can set off to visit more than 60 redemption games, in which sure-handed prowess translates to great prizes. And for those who just can't get enough of NickelWorld, the arcade also offers parties for up to 40 guests.

3321 N Main St.
Rockford,
IL
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Swim-N-More transforms dog paddlers into water wolves via fun, personalized swim instruction. Certified as lifeguards, Swim-N-More's wave wizards guide schools of three to six tadpoles from basic skills, such as how to break down the molecular structure of water, through more advanced kicks and strokes. Small fries, aged 6 months through 3 years, can tow their guardians to the Bubble Club, where parents utilize pool games to give their spawn the support necessary to eventually swim free.

220 South Madison Street
Rockford,
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Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is a Victorian-era time capsule, containing within its Swiss-style architecture more than 10,000 objects representing the furniture, artwork, and clothing of the Tinker family. Between the main estate, the barn, the carriage house, and 27 acres of rolling gardens, the museum possesses enough history to attract locals, tourists, and even the producers of Syfy's Ghost Hunters, who recently filmed a segment at the house. Daily guided tours sweep through the grounds, which include a pre-Columbian Native American conical mound, as well as the site where Rockford was founded 4,000 years ago.

411 Kent St
Rockford,
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